Mark Kingsley

… received a personal lesson in branding from Ralph Lauren

… traveled with the punk band Bad Religion

… counts some of the greatest cultural institutions in the United States as his clients

… co-owned an award-winning design studio for over 15 years

… believes that leading is also mentoring

… was nominated for a Grammy

… was an author on SpeakUp, the first significant design blog

… was at Ogilvy's Brand Innovation Group (BIG) during its height

… worked at Landor as the global creative lead on the Citi account

… knows the dark arts of corporate America

…can be found at


Malcontent: Against Storytelling

Over the past several years, those of us who work in branding or design have heard various authorities tell us that we basically are "storytellers.

Topics: Branding Identity, Managing Design, Professional Development

Malcontent: That Creative Director Problem

So the recent news is that Alicia Keys' term as Blackberry's creative director will end in two weeks.

Topics: Branding Identity, Managing Design, Professional Development, Studio Secrets

Malcontent: Notes on a Train Wreck

Three weeks ago, on an early Sunday morning after Thanksgiving, a Metro North commuter train was making its way south, along the Hudson River, towards Grand Central Station.

Topics: Professional Development, Random

Malcontent: Stupid as a Designer

These are the things that rattle around one's head.

Topics: Design Reference, Professional Development

Malcontent: Fragments on The Great Forgetting

…one begins by attacking a Republic, and ends by robbing a stage coach.

Topics: Professional Development, Random

Malcontent: Learning from Sunnyvale

A primary idea in the work of philosopher Marshall McLuhan (1911-1980) is the distinction between environment and anti-environment.

Topics: Branding Identity, Professional Development

Malcontent: The Extent of Our Conjuration

After a while it all begins to feel like Groundhog Day.

Topics: Branding Identity, Color, Pattern & Palette, Product Design

Malcontent: Done With Flare

Richard Linklater's film Waking Life contains a dialogue which is quickly becoming a personal lens for how I measure both my work and the work of others.

Topics: Design Reference, Random, Studio Secrets

Malcontent: ...And All I Got Was This Lousy T-Shirt

As we go about our lives, our central nervous system is continually bombarded with so much input that, in order to function, it has to filter most of it out.

Topics: Branding Identity, Fashion, Managing Design, Product Design