Kenneth Bess has been a graphic designer for over twenty years. He studied architecture at the University of California at Berkeley and began his career with Skidmore, Owings & Merrill in San Francisco, where here became head of the Graphics Group.
Moving to New York, he worked with Chermayeff & Geismar Associates, Siegel & Gale as Director of Environmental Design, and Gensler as Director of Graphic Design. Mr Bess was a partner in LCP Bess Graphic Design, a ﬁrm established with the partners of LCP Associates, interior designers. He later worked as a consultant to Landor Associates and at Hambrecht Terrell International as Director of Graphics for Specialty Retailing.
Mr Bess spent several years in San Juan, Puerto Rico, where he was a founding principal of Design Directions, a multidisciplinary ﬁrm. He returned to the Bay Area to form Bohannon and Bess Design and later Bess Design.
ENVIRONMENTAL GRAPHIC DESIGN American Academy of Ophthalmology B Dalton Bookseller Barnes & Noble Bechtel International Capital Cities Communications Charles Jourdan at Trump Tower Chemical Bank Christian Dior Shoes City of Park City UT City of Redwood City CA Coast Savings Cushman & Wakeﬁeld Duracell Caribbean East Bay Municipal Utility District Federated Stores Realty Hines Joie de Vivre Hotels Levi Strauss & Company Marine Midland Bank MetLife Newsweek Nordstrom Port of Los Angeles Price Waterhouse Scribner’s Bookstores Sony Development/Metreon Trinity Properties United States Embassy, Moscow University of California Weyerhauser Company
IDENTITY & PRINT Ætna American Institute of Architects AT&T The Bank of New York Bay Area Urban League Bear, Stearns & Company Butterick Chase US Financial Services Citibank Cornell University The Dime Savings Bank of New York Federal Trade Commission Fireman’s Fund First Atlanta Bank Food 4 Less (Rancho San Miguel) Gold’s Gym Government of Saudi Arabia Grand Hotel a Villa Feltrinelli Macalester College Northwest Airlines Oxford Sportswear and Apparel Paul Anka Progressive Grocer QuickChek Food Stores Rockefeller Center Development Scripps League Newspapers Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP United States Postal Service University Art Museum, Berkeley Waldenbooks/The Book Horse World Gymnastics Championships 1996
KENNETH BESS 10.98-present Bess Design, Walnut Creek CA Principal. Identity and environmental graphic design.
7.96-10.98 Bohannon and Bess Design, Berkeley Partner. Identity and environmental graphic design. Signage for Sony Metreon, San Francisco; City Hall, Redwood City CA
3.93-6.96 Design Directions Inc, San Juan PR Principal. Graphic design, interior planning and design, interior furnishings dealership. Signage for Duracell Caribbean.
4.91-3.93 Kenneth Bess Graphic Designer, San Juan PR Consultant in signage and corporate graphics.
9.89-3.91 Hambrecht Terrell International, New York Director of Graphic Design/Specialty Retailing. Signage and print graphics for Barnes & Noble, B Dalton Bookseller, Scribners Bookstores, Waldenbooks, Duty Free Shops.
1-9.89 Landor, New York Design Manager (consulting). Northwest Airlines CI program, QuickChek Food Stores ID and architectural standards.