Scott Stowell (right) spoke to a packed house at the AIGA-NYC chapter meeting at the Tishman Auditorium in lower Manhattan in January.
Stowell runs an independent, New York–based design studio called Open that works across a range of media, including identity systems; print design, such as advertising, packaging, or publications; motion graphics; and Web design. Many of Open’s projects integrate design solutions that encompass more than one of these categories. People found an issue of Good magazine that Stowell designed with a picture of an AK47 on the cover (left) mistakenly file with gun and hunter magazines in bookstores.
Open’s clients include the PBS documentary series Art:21, Bravo, Good magazine, Jazz at Lincoln Center, the New York Times, the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Planet Green, and WNYC Radio. Stowell has served as Vice President of the New York Chapter of AIGA and teaches graphic design at Yale University and the School of Visual Arts.
You get an idea of his quirky humor when you see that the URL for Open is www.notclosed.com. Click on the heading above to check it out.