MA Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan
BA Principia College, Elsah, Illinois
> Background Summary <
KRT Accessories – Designer/Co-owner, craft/fashion accessories business
Urbania – Designer/Owner, ceramic tableware business
SpectraCom – Creative Director/Designer, web development company
Linden Design – Designer/Owner, Graphic design business
> Design History <
Soon after receiving his master’s at Cranbrook, Robin partnered with a fellow designer to form KRT Accessories, Inc.– a collection of funky, cutting-edge jewelry that bridged craft and fashion. He designed and created earrings, pins, and necklaces from unconventional materials such as ceramics, stainless steel, plastic, Styrofoam, rubber, and cardboard, using unusual techniques and processes such as laser cutting, automotive painting, sandblasting and metal plating in his designs.
KRT opened a studio/showroom on 31st Street in New York, selling to buyers from specialty stores, high-end department stores, contemporary museum and craft stores, and newly-emerging lifestyle stores. Robin exhibited at major wholesale shows including Rosen Buyer’s Market of American Craft, Fashion Accessories Expo New York, and Pret a Porter New York. Over the course of four years KRT added sales reps in New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles. KRT’s exposure in the fashion industry garnered publicity in Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Elle, Vanity Fair, In Style, The New York Times Magazine, and other publications.
Robin’s next endeavor was his own seasonal line of slip cast ceramic tableware under the business name Urbania - Products For A Polite Society. He designed and created clean-lined, modern vases, bowls, and platters with highly detailed, hand glazed designs. Robin’s work was sold at Henri Bendel, Barney’s, and many major contemporary museum stores and lifestyle shops around the country.
With the advent of the Macintosh, Robin moved into graphic design. He joined the newly formed Milwaukee-based web development firm SpectraCom as its first web designer – during the years when the Internet was still virtually unknown territory. Under SpectraCom’s leadership, Robin designed and maintained websites for high-profile clients including Schick, Warner-Lambert, Pfizer, Master Lock, Kellogg’s, Consolidated Paper, and Kohler. Over the following seven years Robin grew with the company as a designer and eventually its creative director.
Robin formed Linden Design, his own graphic design business, in 2002. He designs distinctive and effective print communications for a wide variety of small businesses and organizations.
Robin’s extensive library of digital photographs, found objects, and computer-generated illustration, inspired him to begin developing collages in 2004. He has continued to pursue this 2 dimensional medium, getting commissions from Foley & Lardner LLP, The University School of Milwaukee, and others.
> Graphic Design Services <
Trade show graphics
Digital photography & editing
> Partial Client List <
Foley & Lardner LLP, Milwaukee WI
The Salvation Army, Milwaukee WI
Gingrich Communications, Miami FL
Derse, Milwaukee WI
Cox Marketing Group, Portland, OR
Marko and Associates, Milwaukee WI
University School of Milwaukee, Milwaukee WI
Pieper Properties, Milwaukee WI
Cooperative Educational Service Agency (CESA #1), Milwaukee WI
C.R. Davidson Art, Milwaukee WI