About

The Post Family

A sum greater than its parts.

The Post Family is an independent, Chicago-based collaborative founded in 2007 by seven individuals with a shared passion for craft, experimentation, collaboration and—above all else—community.

Hailing from a diverse variety of backgrounds—practicing as designers, illustrators, technologists, writers, teachers, entrepreneurs and artists—we’re united by the belief that great products come from collaborative minds.

We build environments that bring people together. Community is potential. Community is progress. Communities, not individuals, change the world.

Individuals

Alex Fuller

Aside from being 1/7 of The Post Family, Alex Fuller is the founder of 5×7 art book publishing and a VP Design Director at the Leo Burnett Dept. of Design. He also enjoys playing his guitar, riding his bike to work, eating steak and looking at picture books.

alexfuller.com

Chad Kouri

Chad Kouri is a semi-nomadic working artist, forever investigating the development of creative communities and the commerce of art, both online and in cities around the world. His studio practice is fueled by equal interests in conceptual and minimalist art, ethnography, visual literacy, design, jazz, and the gray areas between these fields. He is best known for his past role as Art Director of the award-winning Chicago based contemporary art publication Proximity magazine and recognition as one of Chicago’s up-and-coming image makers in NewCity’s 2010 Breakout Artists of the year issue.

chadkouri.com

Davey Sommers

Davey likes food and hats.

plentygoodfood.com

David Sieren

David directs design, makes pictures, and teaches students both young and old to care about all of the above. What else is there? Music and love.

anotherstudiowebsite.com

Rod Hunting

As the new Design Lead in the brand department at Uptake, Rod is helping to build a strong brand for an exciting new product.

Sam Rosen

By the age of five, Sam was most likely to be found behind his Mac trying to get all of the ideas out of his head and into the world. Born and raised in Chicago, he’s spent the better part of the past decade starting businesses centered around people and design. Formally trained as a designer, Sam spends more time on the business side of things these days.

sammyrosen.com

Scott Thomas

Scott Thomas, a.k.a SimpleScott, is a designer, technologist, founder of the Noun Project and Simple.Honest.Work. Scott has collaborated on a wide array of projects for various brands, organizations, and agencies around the globe, including Obama for America, the White House, Fast Company, Apple, IBM, HP, Nike, Patagonia, Levis, the Alliance for Climate Protection, and Craigslist. His work has been featured in Wired, Print Magazine, The Atlantic, and The New York Times. In his free time, Scott strokes his beard and stares off into the distance, deep in thought about how to improve the world through design and technology.

simplescott.com

Family history

We’ve been through a lot as a family since we opened our doors in 2007. Here are a few of our favorite milestones:

2007

Jan 27th

Post Family meet for the first time at a coffee shop in the River North neighborhood of Chicago.

April 1st

Post Family rents studio space at 1821 W Hubbard St. Post Family incorporates with an S-CORP license.

June 19th

thepostfamily.com v1.0 launches

September 15-16th

The Post Family participates in the Renegade Craft Fair.

November 10th

First Post Family public open house.

December 6th

Kartemquin films visit The Post Family studio to shoot for Typeface, a Hamilton Wood Type Museum documentary.

2008

March 1st

The Post Family at Letterform (Exhibition), marking the first unified display of the 7 members of The Post Family.

June 14-15

Post Family drives across the country to participate in Brooklyn's 4th Annual Renegade Craft Fair in the McCarren Park pool. It rains a lot and the pool fills up. Good times.

October 18th

The Post Family moves to former home of Western Exhibtions and Lisa Boyl galleries and launched thepostfamily.com v2.0, including in depth studio visits and interviews with visual artists and musicians.

October 19th

The Post Family interview on Bad At Sports, a contemporary art podcast.

December

Post Family gets in the holiday spirit by opening shop hours from 2-8pm, Tuesdays and Thursdays.

December 31st

New Years Eve potluck at The Family Room.

2009

February 2

The Post Family talk at Sonotheque's Winter Salon in Chicago.

February 7

Keep It Simple exhibition and fundraiser at The Family Room.

February 28

Launch of yearly programing at The Family Room including plans for 10 exhibitions throughout the year. Season launched with Ester Vonplon solo exhibition entitled, “Waiting Out The Rain.”

March 5

Middle Minds Project premieres The Post Family profile.

March 28

Margin Detail: A Doodle Party at The Family Room.

April 19

Bite!: A Letterpress Show at The Family Room (Exhibition).

April 21

Nick Butcher and Josh Berman performance.

May 2

Rachel Niffenegger’s solo exhibition entitled “Trichotillomania” at The Family Room.

June 5

Sam Shoots exhibition at The Family Room.

June 11

Post Music Series launches at The Family Room with Dan Peck, Erica Dicker, Shannon Budd and Ryan Ingebritsen.

August

Chicago Magazine awards The Post Family best art and design blog of the year.

August 7

North American Wildlife exhibition: The works of Bryce Wymer, Mitchell Paone, & Dennis Brown at The Family Room.

August 21st & 22nd

Abraham Werewolf's theater performance entitled Decadence runs at The Family Room .

September 9

Studio tour of The Post Family posted on apartmenttherapy.com.

September 11

Family View exhibition featuring Paul Elledge, Leasha Overturf & Jo-Nell Sieren at The Family Room (Exhibition).

September 21

First music interview feature published on thepostfamily.com — Why? interviewed by James Harry Ewert Jr.

November 4th

The Post Family raises record amount on Kickstarter to self-publish Designing Obama.

2010

January

Post family incorporated Post Press.

February 26

Vorab Fabrik exhibition: New work from Nadine Nakanishi and Nick Butcher of Sonnenzimmer at The Family Room.

April

Typeface, Walker Art Center screening and Q+A.

April 16

The Following of One Thing After Another exhibition: Works by Ina Weise at The Family Room. Ina Weise — our first international year long intern/printmaker/studio manager/resident artist/ —went on to obtain her masters at The Bauhaus School in Weimar, Germany.

March 5th

The Chicago Portfolio School invites The Post Family to speak to their design students.

May

HOW Magazine runs an 8 page feature on The Post Family.

May 21

We Are Family exhibition: Emerging talent in Chicago at The Family Room.

June 25

There, Now it Will Last Forever exhibition: Views of Nature and Conceptions of Preservation at The Family Room .

July 15th

Cantankerous Hellfighter exhibition: A Delicious Design League & Aesthetic Apparatus Collaborative Print Show at The Family Room.

July 18th - 26th

The Post Family participates in Levis Workshop initiative in San Francisco.

October 8

More is More exhibition: Nancy Rosen at The Family Room.

October 22

Post Music Series #2 with Ryan Ingebritsen, Erica Dicker, Nick Butcher and Katherine Young at The Family Room.

2011

January

Annual exhibition theme announced, focusing on group work and collaboratives. Designing Obama book displayed at The Walker Art Museum, Minneapolis.

January 13th

The Post Family guest DJs at Maria's bar. The 4 hour set, entitled "Thank You For Being a Friend", was compiled solely of commercial jingles, movie music and TV themes.

February 11th

Post Music Series #3 with Nick Butcher, Keefe Jackson and Mjolesness.

March 25th

Girl Skateboard’s Art Dump exhibition entitled Double Feature at The Family Room.

April 13

Kent State University invites The Post Family to speak as a part of their design program's visiting designers series.

April 23-24

The Post Family participates in the inaugural MDW (Midway) Fair at the Geo Lofts in Bridgeport (Chicago, IL).

April 29 – May 2

The Post Family participates and is rated Best In Show by Bad At Sports at Art Chicago / Next: Contemporary Art Fair.

May 23

The Post Family completes substantial art commission by Basecamp (formerly 37 Signals) for their Chicago office.

July 8th

Collections, a Post Family exhibition focusing on Discarded beauty, overlooked treasures & unexplainable collections at Chicago Urban Arts Society.

Fall

International syndication of Typeface by PBS and the BBC.

September 7

The Post Family Speaks at The Apple Store (Chicago, IL).

September 9th

Austin collective Public School exhibition entitled Homework at The Family Room.

2012

January 24

The Post Family featured video and article on BBC.co.uk

March 5th

The Post Family co-publishes Trubble Club issue #5 and hosts release party at The Family Room.

March 30th

The Post Family speaks at Creative Mornings Chicago.

May 11th

Manual Labor exhibition: The renewed interest in skill trades in our modern marketplace at The Family Room.

October 12

Generat.io/ns exhibition: How today's technology impact tomorrow at The Family Room.

October 13th

The Post Family speaks at Mas Context Analog in Chicago.

November 11

Chicago Tribune Magazine Winter issue fashion shoot with Rod, Alex and David. Hilarious.

December 10th

The Post Family partners with Mas Context to release their 16th issue, themed Production.

December 6

Rick Valicenti's Beauties and Beasties series launches at The Family Room.

2013

January 10th

The Post Family mounts an exhibition entitled LEVELS exhibition at Wesleyan.

March 21st

The Post Family facilitates a lecture and 3-day workshop with design grad students at Pratt Institute.

June

The Post Family sits on the curatorial board for Printer’s Ball and hosted the Risograph Reading Room curated by Spare Residency.

October 3rd

The Post Family's LIMITS exhibition mounts at Trinity.

October 25

Quality Times — Debbie Carlos solo exhibition at The Family Room.

November 16

LAMPO exhibition and performance at The Family Room.

December

Cards Against Humanity commissions The Post Family to create a set of posters for their Holiday Bullshit giveaway.

2014

March

Month-long curatorial residency at Logan Square's Comfort Station.

June 12th

Post Family installs Levels at Chicago Design Museum.

July

Printer’s Ball — Leah Mackin demonstration at The Family Room.

August

The Post Family begins conversations around repositioning ourselves as a for-hire entity.

2015

February

The Post Family releases LEVEL stools as a made-to-order, flat-packed modular furniture system designed to be utilized as step stools, seats, side tables, gallery pedestals, etc. Available exclusively at the Chicago Design Museum.

March 29th

The Post Family launches thepostfamily.com v4.0, repositioning themselves as a for-hire entity.

April

The Post Family serve as guest judges for the 2015 Prime 8 Art League awards, an annual event supporting emerging artists and Marwen, a Chicago-based arts organization serving underserved young artists throughout the city.

Press

Nice people have said nice things about us:

Apartment Therapy

The Post Family’s Art Loft
2009, Sarah Coffey
Take a tour

Art Slant

The Post Family’s Personal Collection
2011, Steve Ruiz
Read the review

Bad at Sports

Episode 164
October 2008
Listen to the interview

BBC

Digital designers get their hands dirty
January 2012, Anna Bressanin
Check the video

Chicago Tribune

Exhibits this fall for every personality
September 2009, Lauren Viera
Check it

Dibs and storms and bourbon, oh my
2012, Taylor Castle
Post models

Artists find solace with The Post Family
July 2011, Lauren Viera
Dig in

Design Bureau

The Post Family + 37 Signals
June 2011
Check the interview

How Magazine

Family Values
May 2010, Lisa Hazen
Grab a PDF

Studio Magazine

Chicago Issue
2014, Clem Devine, Sam Trustrum and Zoe Ikin
Take a gander … and buy a copy

AIGA Chicago

100 years of design in Chicago
January 2014, AIGA Chicago
A poster for your wall