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Covington Branding and Design Firm Expanding

BLDG Refuge, LLC, a Covington-based boutique branding and design firm, has joined forces with designer and printmaker Jon Flannery of Cryptogram, a graphic design and print studio that most recently operated out of the Essex Studios in Cincinnati. Cryptogram has worked with clients such as Landor, People's Liberty, Visionaries + Voices, and the Cincinnati Art Museum and is best known for designing and hand printing show posters for local and international musicians and bands, including The Harlequins and Steely Dan.

Flannery’s specialized aesthetic and printmaking mastery are expected to bring another layer of quality and originality to BLDG’s branding and design capabilities, according to Jay Becker, partner at BLDG. “Cryptogram brings an aspect to our work that previously did not exist. Jon’s background in fine art, combined with his design thinking and meticulous attention to detail as a print artist is something that will work to further set us apart," said Becker.

Screen-printing was made popular in the 1960s and 70s by Pop artists and Op artists like Robert Rauschenberg, Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein and Robert Indiana. While the technique is industrially used, the fine art and design applications of screen-printing are experiencing a resurgence of popularity as artists, musicians and brands alike search for a way to differentiate themselves through the craft of hand printing with unusual inks on high-quality papers.

“Cryptogram is a remarkable brand known for exceptional quality in both design and printmaking techniques in Cincinnati," said Becker. "The addition of Cryptogram is in full alignment with our strategic growth plan and will serve to reinvigorate existing client relationships, while strengthening our core capabilities.” 

BLDG Refuge's studio and gallery is located at 30 West Pike Street.

Staff report/Photo: 199c event at BLDG (RCN file)