The Archives: A Tiny Sampling of Old Work

Prologue

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 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, and case studies 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.

The other reason not much is posted here because I don’t tend to save much! This was especially true in pre-digital days, when stacks and files of papers would grow too large for my comfort and scanning or photographing papers was not easy, so I would toss most work 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!

Epilogue

As noted above, mid-2020, a friend encouraged me to post some of my old work and projects here as a means of showing a small sampling of the writing, design, video, project management, event production, and breadth and scope of what I have done. I dug through my archives, pulled out some old work, and put aside a few things I had thought I would post.

While I did publish a few pieces, most of my archives will sit in their corner: Even with encouragement, I am really not interested in resting on laurels or looking backwards (unless there’s a related lesson to learn or person to thank).

So, I’m not posting any additional “ancient history”, even though some of it has persisted: Two logos I designed while in school were actively used for more than 25 years; one remains in use after 30 years. Some of the logos, posters, and brochures I have done over time are undatable; others are representative of a specific era and style. Three-dimensional works I did in metal or fiber were interesting and unique, yet I have not maintained a continuing practice in either material. Written articles were often geared to a specific event, or were so long most people are not going to read them. Satires were so bitingly close to the truth that often, they were harbingers of things to come or not understood as satire. Training videos, instruction guides, user manuals and how-to articles for software, corporate polices, and so forth become obsolete soon after creation — and they are not very interesting to the general public.*

While looking through my old work was briefly interesting to me, I soon found it not interesting — and rather than look back, I prefer to be in the present moment and let flow what is called for now, and what comes from my heart. 

To see more of the archives, click here or select the blog category KMK Archives.

*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 often wonder if the Human Resources departments and recruiters of those same corporations realize this when asking to see the portfolios of potential hires. You want to see work for my previous corporate clients? Excuse me, but I had to sign an NDA that prohibited me from taking work with me — just as you would want me to sign one for your company — yet you want to see the work I did for them?