The Archives: A Tiny Sampling of Old Work

You’ll find a tiny sampling of my old work posted here under the category KMK Archives

What you’ll find is not in chronological order, and it’s certainly not comprehensive or representative of all I’ve done. Some pieces posted here are historically relevant; some highlight projects I particularly enjoyed; others you may find fun or interesting; and perhaps one will lead you to muse and consider a time period or event from your own life.

There are also many writings, articles, logos, designs, videos, case studies, and other examples I will NOT post publicly for reasons of copyright, respect of a person or organization for whom I did the work, or, quite frankly, because the work is not very interesting or germane to the general public. In certain situations I may show some of this sample work privately.

For personal and practical reasons, I don’t tend to save much old work. In a personal sense, unless there’s a lesson to learn or person to thank, I prefer to be in the present moment, let flow what is called for now, and to consider new ideas and projects, rather than rest on laurels or look backwards.

For practical reasons, I have discarded much work. This was especially true in pre-digital days, when files of papers would grow too large for my comfort and scanning or photographing items was not easy, so I would toss most of what I had created without keeping any record. Yes, occasionally I wish I had kept a sample of this, that, or the other project — but that feeling too passes!

In addition, I rarely saved copies of my corporate work because corporations generally require employees and contractors to sign non-disclosure agreements (NDAs) that state that any work done for the corporation remains the property of the corporation, and the creator cannot retain copies. I honor and adhere to legal and copyright agreements.

I also didn’t post much old work here for various other reasons. Written articles were often geared to a specific event, or were so long most people are not going to read them now. Satires were so bitingly close to the truth that often they were harbingers of things to come or not understood as satire. Three-dimensional works I constructed for fun in metal or fiber were interesting and unique, yet I have not maintained a continuing practice in either material.

Training videos, instruction guides, user manuals, and how-to articles for software, hardware, and so on become obsolete soon after creation, and they are not very interesting to the general public. Neither are project plans, program outlines, or status reports!

While some of the logos, posters, and brochures I have done over time transcend a period of design style, other pieces are very much representative of a specific era and style. Some of what I call “ancient history” has persisted in other places. For instance, two logos I designed while in university were actively used for more than 25 years; one remains in use after 30 years, but you won’t find my name attached to it!

To see more of the archives, scroll down or select the blog category KMK Archives.