My name is Phil, and InfoKiln is my wide ranging information design business. I offer solid photographic, design, print, web and planning services- detailed at right.
In 1975, I fell in love with the elegant presentation of ideas– when I joined some printing craftsmen as an apprentice (at the Oldstyle Press, in Palo Alto). I watched them print letterheads and brochures for great designers- and the results were thrilling. I was hooked, and embraced learning about paper, presses, embossing, foil, ink and . . . Year after year, I found interesting jobs in the graphic arts. I've managed the production of millions of exceptional magazines over 40 years. (Fine Cooking, Fine Woodworking, Fine Gardening etc.) I've produced Annual Reports, Booklets, and all manner of marketing materials. I’m still learning– and having a blast helping clients craft beautiful and clear documents and web sites.
InfoKiln - what we bring to the table . . .
Solid project analysis and planning skills - to identify what's needed, what's cost effective, what's missing.
Content counsel- I will collaborate to discuss what to highlight, and how to sequence things, so the message emerges as clear, inviting and memorable
Deep understanding of print options - across sheet fed, web and digital presses.
Extensive Photography skills - capturing, cataloging and color correcting images
Crafting InDesign documents that are deceptively simple. Creating & routing perfect files, for any vendor.
Extensive paper knowledge so we can let the substrate make a contribution to the final composition
Deep knowledge of hi-impact print techniques
Mac and PC literate including MS Office Apps (Word, Excel and Access)
Print production savvy to deliver low cost, high quality, on time products
Web Design and e-mail messaging design
World class library of graphic design samples, culled from 4 decades of collecting (hoarding?)
Phil Van Kirk