Kelly spends his days running Train of Thought graphic design and advertising, and designing typefaces. He has designed type for corporations, niche brands, print publishers, and music artists.
An acclaimed publication designer and brand development specialist, he has been a professional graphic designer, type designer, and creative director since 1986. Type has always been a key component in his design work as a catalyst for disruption, connection, and change. Formally trained in calligraphy, he began developing custom typefaces for magazines and corporate identity projects early in his career.
Each typeface or font family he develop is designed to serve a particular purpose or capture a certain feeling. He primarily designs display, text, and script fonts.
His type design inspiration comes from many sources, including niche brand development and historical references. He was influenced by his great grandfather, a renowned sign painter, and by his father who hand-painted inspirational quotes on walls. His father’s letterforms where always spontaneous yet disciplined, and perfectly complimented the quotes and atmosphere of the room. He admired his ability to evenly fill a given space without first drawing it out. His grandfather was known for the same spacial awareness, often painting 20-40-foot banners, starting at one side and finishing at the end with evenly weighted characters of equal, proportional widths. Everything fit perfectly.
Kelly’s type design approach is simple: create purposeful, inspired fonts that help designers and companies express their best ideas and work.
He enjoys seeing his fonts in use, so feel free to send a sample of how you are using his fonts in your designs.
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