Molly Cichy Design

 
 

about molly


The foundation of my design experience is in the book arts. I’m very fortunate to have been able to study at the wonderfully-outfitted Wells College Book Arts Center, under type founder Michael Bixler and book artist Sarah Bryant. Letterpress, in its permanence, taught me the importance of visualizing and planning a project before beginning. It gave me an appreciation of historical typography that is so important in this age of readily-downloadable fonts. I highly recommend giving it a try.

While attending, I helped found the school’s first general-interest magazine, The Sycamore, as its graphics editor. Laying out the magazine and preparing files for print rounded out the experience I needed to be hired at a small eco-friendly print shop in Brooklyn. Managing their prepress workflow, I learned the minutiae of modern printing: what prints well and what doesn’t, why, and how to fix it. Insights I gleaned here taught me that printing can be an environmentally responsible choice, and that the designer has a huge degree of control over the ecological impact of their work.

 

Today I am Brooklyn Brewery’s in-house graphic designer, and I’ve found that I do excellent work with a delicious beer in hand. Under famed graphic designer Milton Glaser, I’ve cultivated a simple approach to design: to show rather than to tell. My favorite projects are the ones that connect me to the Brooklyn community, letting me see exactly what good design for a good brand can accomplish.

When I’m not designing or printing, I’m watering my collection of houseplants that is too large for my tiny Brooklyn apartment, or talking in weird voices at my bright orange Chow Chow, Jules.

I look forward to working together.

 
It’s not about ideas. It’s about making ideas happen.
— Scott Belsky
 

at a glance

The Brooklyn Brewery
Brooklyn, 2014-

Rolling Press
Brooklyn, 2012-2014

Freelance Design
New York, 2009-

Wells College Book Arts Center
Aurora, 2008-2010

 

clients

The Brooklyn Brewery
Timberland
Edible Brooklyn
Edible Manhattan
New York Comic Con
The Broad Experience podcast
Wells College
Dinner Lab
Athenos
Cholula
Apotheke
Carini Lang
Recycled Brooklyn
The Most Definitely

My head shot is by the talented Tramaine George of Maine Focus.