We design (and make) many things, ergo polytekton

• We do graphic design (such as book interiors/book covers) and web design (including hosting and maintenance) for Culicidae Press, LLC and Culicidae Architectural Press (both peer-reviewed), Obvious Press (private label publishing for polytekton), and Big Zeppelin (special projects).

• We strongly believe in giving back to the community. That is why 50% of all our work is pro-bono, benefitting non-profit and educational institutions, such as Iowa State University’s Department of Architecture, the Southeast Chapter Society of Architectural Historians, the Margaret Zach International Women Composers Library, The Alachua Consort music group, Hog Press (independent and nonprofit), and others…

• Shared prose and poetry: notArchitecture

A portfolio of polytekton—chronicling work that has been completed in the last thirty years—is available in separate volumes through Obvious Press.

Interested in hiring us? Drop us a line…

Design for Hog Press Logo

We were tasked recently with the design for a non-profit book publishing house, Hog Press. After pondering the obvious (hogs!), it seemed to make more sense to go obliquely: hogs like nuts, have nuts.…
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First Draft of DoA Lecture Poster

The Department of Architecture’s Lecture Series topic for the Fall 2015 is Architecture Off-Center. As an illustration I decided to use an image from U.S. Patent 5,505,221 which describes the d…
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Final Design of Coach K’s Book Cover

Here’s the final, published version of Coach K’s (aka Herb Kieklak) latest book Run Better, Run Faster: Using a Biomechanical Approach. The book is now available through Culicidae Press an…
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First Draft of Coach K Cover

Just completed the second draft of a cover for Coach K’s (Herb Kieklak) new book Run Better, Run Faster Using A Biomechanical Approach. The book will be forthcoming from Culicidae Press some ti…
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Book Cover for Michail Kounoupi

Here’s the new cover, updated from the previous version, for the new photography book by Michail Kounoúpi, the Greek photographer and designer who now lives in the US. This has been an interest…
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Book Cover for Carol Polsgrove

Just finished a new cover design for Carol Claxon Polsgrove‘s book When We Were Young In Africa, forthcoming from Culicidae Press. Here are some samples of the early version and the final des…
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Book Cover for Ben Jacks

Here is the final book cover I designed for Ben Jacks’ book The Architect’s Tour: Notes for the Design Traveler, a collection of photographs with an introduction by the author and a resou…
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Book Cover for Stefanie Golisch

Am currently working on the design for a poetry book by Italian-German author Stefanie Golisch. For the cover design we’re using a painting by Francesco Balsamo who graciously agreed to let us …
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New Lecture Poster

Here’s the final lecture poster for the Spring Semester Lecture Series in the Iowa State University Department of Architecture. Think primavera…
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DoA Lecture Poster Fall 2014

Here is the lecture poster for the Fall 2014 AAC (Architecture Advisory Council) Lecture Series for the Department of Architecture at Iowa State University that I designed recently.
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Website update

Currently working on transferring from a responsive but still quite cumbersome structure to a new responsive WordPress theme. This will be slow-going given all the other projects curren…
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