kenneth plumb, ken plumb, kenny plumb, Orange County, California, Graphic Designer, Art Director, Creative.

I am a Southern California
graphic designer and art director

I create visual solutions

Classically trained, and with over 20 years of professional experience, I’ve seen many changes in the graphic design trade with the progression and passing of technologies and techniques.  My skill set is ever evolving as new trends and methodologies continue to change and develop.

The creative process is an enjoyable and rewarding challenge that should result in designs that look simple and effortless, as if it they have always existed.

Good graphic design has to captivate the target audience and achieve the strategic goal of presenting a polished and professional image.

Starting from brand identity to effective marketing collateral, I specialize in visual problem solving and design strategy, by listening, understanding and developing creative images to the message to be expressed.

As an agency-experienced creative that has worked in academic, manufacturing, financial services, technology and corporate environments, I understand the importance of graphic design in communication.

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First impressions are design related.

This isn’t to say that reputation, content and quality offerings don’t matter, because they do. However, all of that is powerless when it is conveyed through bad design. We see it all the time.  When companies don’t invest in professionally constructed and well-managed graphic design, their branding and marketing materials look cheap and homemade. They may be memorable, but not in a good way.

Creativity and proper design are essential assets of a business to demonstrate influence, stability and relevance.

what's your story?

If you don’t know where you are going, you’ll end up someplace else…

—Yogi Berra

I was born and raised in Hyde Park in the historical and creatively-rich Hudson River Valley of New York State.

My mother arrived from the Netherlands after the war, and my father was a programmer at IBM.

With a steady diet of Warner Brother cartoons, a love of history, classical music and punk rock,  I developed a healthy blend of creativity, rebellion, inquisitiveness and a passion for learning. These attributes, combined with my own talents in design, cartooning, and misplaced activism brought many trips to the high school principal's office.

Like any kid growing up in a company town, I spent my summer breaks working as a quality control manager at the Poughkeepsie IBM plant.

I attended the University of Charleston, in West Virginia on rowing and academic scholarships where I studied Political Science and Fine Art.

After serving as an capitol intern to the West Virginia Secretary of State, I decided that a career in politics is not what I wanted, and adjusted my life plan.

Deep down, I always knew I would be a graphic designer.

After bumping around for a year on a riverboat, and two weeks in a coal mine, I enrolled at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh, and graduated with a degree in Visual Communications.

Combining my love of political humor and illustration, I was offered a position as the editorial illustrator at a Long Island, NY Newspaper.  While many of my drawings drew the ire of Suffolk County officials, they won a Suburban Newspaper of America award for political cartooning.

Deciding that paying the bills was more important than mocking local politicians, I entered the world of advertising as a junior art director at a Manhattan-based

advertising and public relations agency, where I handled the the accounts for Manhattan Sheraton Hotels, and Fleet-Norstar Bank.

During these years, I entered the world of academia as "Professor Plumb", teaching graphic design at New York State BOCES, and as the head rowing coach at Dowling College on Long Island, where my teams won numerous state and regional championships, while earning a national recognition.

Having had a lifetime of cold and gray east coast winters, I relocated to Southern California and took a position as the Senior Art Director at a well known Orange County advertising and public relations agency, and brought home a few PROTOS awards along the way.

I left the advertising agency after fifteen years and made a brief move to the "libertarian paradise" of Saint Louis, Missouri where I was employed a senior graphic designer with the Creative Department at Edward Jones Investments National Headquarters.

Returning to California, I have worked as art director , creative manager and senior graphic designer in agency, corporate, and manufacturing environments.

When I am not working, or learning new creative skills, I'm most likely out in the wild cleaning spark plugs, traveling, trying out a new restaurant, craft brewery or winery.

I am happily married. We own two Miniature Australian Shepherds that love the agility sport of flyball, chasing squirrels and just being spoiled dogs.

I enjoy cycling, hiking, and sailing. When the wind is calm, the weather is fair, and the water is flat, I can be found rowing with the Long Beach Rowing Association on the Historic Marine Stadium.

Personal project: animation clip

kenneth plumb  |  an orange county graphic designer

949.214.5922   |   ken@kenplumb.com   |   huntington beach, california

it all starts with a conversation…

Based in Huntington Beach, Orange County, California,  I am available for staff, contract and freelance graphic design, art direction and production art assignments.

Advertising Art

Marketing Collateral

Brochures

Web Design

Presentations

Studio Management

Illustration

Tradeshow Graphics

Large Format Design

Catalogs

Publication Design

Layout and Production

Logos and Branding

Infographics

Large Format Design

Packaging

Editorial Art

Art Direction

Copyright © 2019  |  Kenneth Plumb  |  Huntington Beach, California  |  All rights reserved.

If you don’t know where you are going, you’ll end up someplace else…

—Yogi Berra

I was born and raised in Hyde Park in the historical and creatively-rich Hudson River Valley of New York State.

My mother arrived from the Netherlands after the war, and my father was a programmer at IBM.

With a steady diet of Warner Brother cartoons, a love of history, classical music and punk rock,  I developed a healthy blend of creativity, rebellion, inquisitiveness and a passion for learning. These attributes, combined with my own talents in design, cartooning, and misplaced activism brought many trips to the high school principal's office.

Like any kid growing up in a company town, I spent my summer breaks working as a quality control manager at the Poughkeepsie IBM plant.

I attended the University of Charleston, in West Virginia on rowing and academic scholarships where I studied Political Science and Fine Art.

After serving as an capitol intern to the West Virginia Secretary of State, I decided that a career in politics is not what I wanted, and adjusted my life plan.

Deep down, I always knew I would be a graphic designer.

After bumping around for a year on a riverboat, and two weeks in a coal mine, I enrolled at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh, and graduated with a degree in Visual Communications.

Combining my love of political humor and illustration, I was offered a position as the editorial illustrator at a Long Island, NY Newspaper.  While many of my drawings drew the ire of Suffolk County officials, they won a Suburban Newspaper of America award for political cartooning.

Deciding that paying the bills was more important than mocking local politicians, I entered the world of advertising as a junior art director at a Manhattan-based advertising and public relations agency, where I handled the the accounts for Manhattan Sheraton Hotels, and Fleet-Norstar Bank.

During these years, I entered the world of academia as "Professor Plumb", teaching graphic design at New York State BOCES, and as the head rowing coach at Dowling College on Long Island, where my teams won numerous state and regional championships, while earning a national recognition.

Having had a lifetime of cold and gray east coast winters, I relocated to Southern California and took a position as the Senior Art Director at a well known Orange County advertising and public relations agency, and brought home a few PROTOS awards along the way.

I left the advertising agency after fifteen years and made a brief move to the "libertarian paradise" of Saint Louis, Missouri where I was employed a senior graphic designer with the Creative Department at Edward Jones Investments National Headquarters.

Returning to California, I have worked as art director, creative manager and senior graphic designer in agency, corporate, and manufacturing environments.

When I am not working, or learning new creative skills, I'm most likely out in the wild cleaning spark plugs, traveling, trying out a new restaurant, craft brewery or winery.

I am happily married. We own two Miniature Australian Shepherds that love the agility sport of flyball, chasing squirrels and just being spoiled dogs.

I enjoy cycling, hiking, and sailing. When the wind is calm, the weather is fair, and the water is flat, I can be found rowing with the Long Beach Rowing Association on the Historic Marine Stadium.

kenneth plumb | an orange county graphic designer

949.214.5922   |   ken@kenplumb.com

it all starts with a conversation…

Based in Huntington Beach, Orange County, California,  I am available for staff, contract and freelance graphic design, art direction and production art assignments.

If you have any comments, questions or just want to say hello, drop me a line.

Advertising Art

Marketing Collateral

Brochures

Web Design

Presentations

Studio Management

Illustration

Tradeshow Graphics

Large Format Design

Logos and Branding

Infographics

Large Format Design

Packaging

Editorial Art

Art Direction

Catalogs

Publication Design

Production Art

Copyright © 2019  |  Kenneth Plumb  |  All rights reserved.

kenneth plumb
graphic design

First impressions are design related.

print

The need for print media still exists. While the role of print has evolved, there is still something to be said of a well-designed print piece you can hold in your hand.

logos

Your visual Image is a vital part of business, and the logo is an essential component of your brand identity and how you are recognized.

Illustration

Creating the perfect visual to communicate an idea, viewpoint, information or services is a fine art and often overlooked when creating advertising and marketing materials.

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If you don’t know where you are going, you’ll end up someplace else…

—Yogi Berra

kenneth plumb | graphic design

949.214.5922  | ken@kenplumb.com

Copyright © 2019  |  Kenneth Plumb  |   All rights reserved.