"The life of a designer is a life of fight: fight against the ugliness." - Massimo Vignelli
The world of Kristen Polsinelli, aka DESIGN x FIVE, is one where black and white meets color, chaos flirts with simplicity and curse words are used with a hint of class. The self-taught letterist and designer approaches her work from an experimental angle, embracing mistakes to create minimal, androgynous type pieces and inky illustrations. Citing multimedia artist Quentin Jones as her muse, Kristen is heavily inspired by podcasts, books and music as well as travel, which has taken her from her hometown of Atlanta, Georgia to Honfleur, France via a stint in Spain. Her dream projects include designing record covers, creating lettering for magazines such as Love and Vogue, and filmmaker collaboration.