April 6, 2017

Building Relationships: A one-day Seminar for Production Designers in NYC

The Production Designers Collective is hosting Building Relationships: A one-day Seminar for Production Designers on Saturday, April 22nd, 11am-5pm at The General Society of Mechanics and Tradesmen of NYC located […]
April 5, 2017

Vectorworks 2018, I can almost taste it!

Vectorworks 2018 is coming, we knew that, but now we can see into he future. Of course, that’s just because our many fine friends at Vectorworks have decided […]
February 13, 2017

Zoom Zoom Design

Public transportation structures should employ Zoom Zoom Design. They should also create a sense of drama, excitement and motion. This design does all of that. The London-based […]
February 1, 2017

The dark side of Budweiser

Our work for Budweiser and their brands is has always been very upbeat. For this year’s super bowl, the iconic brand is going to the dark side to […]
January 26, 2017

A Better Restaurant Design

So this post is about a better restaurant design than this one was, These designers clearly had a concept and a post of view. We might, and […]
January 24, 2017

When a Design Concept goes South

We strongly promote the need for a Design Concept, especially when expressed as a metaphor. This is certainly true in entertainment, but it’s generally true in all […]
January 19, 2017

The Garden of Allah

We’re currently reading a delightful series of semi-historical novels by Martin Turnbull that take place in and around The Garden of Allah Hotel in old Hollywood. […]
January 10, 2017

A Niemeyer Rides Again!

Loyal readers know that we’re huge fans of Brazilian Architect and Design Oscar Niemeyer. So, obviously, we were thrilled to read that his iconic Hotel Nacional will […]
January 6, 2017

Design for Comedy

Design for Comedy that features a music legend. For the past few weeks and months, we’ve been collaborating on a television series that will feature comedic […]
January 4, 2017

Design requires Iterations

Every design evolves. Evolution requires Iteration. Even a brilliant idea doesn’t go immediately from the head to the hand to a physical reality. Some ideas create […]
December 24, 2016

Noon Eastern Time Christmas Day – Don’t Touch That Dial!

Well, if your channel isn’t set to WCBS-TV New York’s Channel 2, then by all means get up and flip the dial, grab the clicker, or […]
September 16, 2016

Vectorworks 2017

Vectorworks 2017 was released on Wednesday and it is already being hailed from far and wide and the best new release of the powerfu; design software […]
July 8, 2015

Big Biba: surfing the 60’s UK zeitgeist

So much here to love – history, fashion, design, lifestyle. Big Biba had it all going on, and was into branding way before it became a […]
May 12, 2015

We design, the kids bake with Country Crock

Take a look at this sweet spot we designed for Country Crock as part of their “When We Bake” campaign. It was a real pleasure to […]
March 30, 2015


The space geek me is so excited about this – I hope I live long enough to see us get far beyond the moon. What wonderfulness […]
March 17, 2015

Sandy Powell’s Costumes for Cinderella – as Magical as the Story

I love these costumes and the sketches so much that I copied this blog post by Julie Niesen for Manhattan Wardrobe Supply. You know how much […]
January 30, 2015

2015 – The International Year of Light

Personally, I think every year should be the year of light, because without it, all film, TV and theatre would be radio. Rock on Light Designers! […]
January 22, 2015

Wonder Theatres Rise Again

While doing some research for a restoration project proposal, I came across this piece in the New York Times on the area’s “Wonder Theater” movie palaces. […]
December 11, 2014

A worthy goal, but the design? Meh.

The Kennedy Center in DC is a magnificent Mid-Century Modern facility. The Steven Holl additions, which broke ground last week, not so much. I’ve never been […]
November 19, 2014

Scheming under the radar – The future of Pier 55

From Curbed NY Billionaire media mogul Barry Diller and his wife, fashion designerDiane von Furstenberg, are donating $130 million to build afuturistic-looking 2.7 acre park in […]
November 4, 2014

What can YOU do with Vectorworks?

Well, this. If you buy my new book and work your way through, of course. Be sure to click on the image so you see the […]
October 21, 2014

Published! Vectorworks for Entertainment Design by Kevin Lee Allen

KLAD is excited to announce that Kevin’s latest book, Vectorworks for Entertainment Design is now available! The first book in the industry tailored specifically for the […]
September 17, 2014

POLO Ralph Lauren or Goodwill?

September 2, 2014

Remuddling an Iconic Brand’s Logo

What was the global design team at Hershey thinking? Flat, bland, boring. The once recognizable kiss looks like a poo squirt. Bleige design wins again.   […]