Pinch makes things to help our clients solve business problems. We develop brands, design logos, brochures, collateral systems, books, Web sites, exhibits – all kinds of printed & digital ephemera for all kinds of clients. We believe in clear, reductive thinking, and in helping our clients say what they mean, without pretense or artifice, and otherwise staying out of the way.

At Pinch, we think a lot about our work. And on this site, we tend to write a lot about it: we find that writing about a project, as candidly as possible without the use of profanity, is useful in helping us to clarify and refine our process. We hope it helps you understand it, too; but this is all by way of saying that there's a lot to read here. And there are also plenty of pictures, if that's more to your liking.

In the office:

Studio news. And you thought we were just sitting here.

We've had another one of those weeks. Or three. On the 13th, and in conjunction with Portland International Jazz Festival, McIsaac joined a panel (moderated by Tim DuRoche) to review the history of the Blue Note album cover artwork library, largely focused on the design work of Reid Miles. He was joined by author Ashley Kahn, whose forthcoming book, titled Somethin’ Else is poised to become the authoritative work on the history of the seminal jazz label. Blue Note music producer...

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