Think Studio Fresh

Think Studio

In New York City, design firm Think Studio has plenty of cultural influences to tap into.

Duration: I started Think Studio in 2005. Herb became partner in 2008.

Staff: The two of us (John Clifford and Herb Thornby), plus freelance designers, photographers, programmers and writers as needed.

Education: We met as second-degree students at California College of the Arts in San Francisco. Herb has a BS in engineering from Montana State University, and I have a BA in communications from Boston College.

Cultural Influences: Will Burtin, Josef Albers, Ricky Gervais, Kate Winslet on Extras, David Bowie on Extras,  "Maggie" on Extras, LeCorbusier's Polychromie Architecturale, charts and graphs, Jack Stauffacher, Ed Fella, Edward Burtynsky, grays, Herbert Bayer, Tom Waits, the person who invented Bombay Sapphire, "The Comeback," Stephen Shore, Fargo, Philip Lorca DiCorcia, William Eggleston,, Stephen Merchant, Olafur Eliasson, The Wire, Ladislav Sutnar, Sol LeWitt, Herb’s rooftop deck, Anslem Kiefer's books, Cy Twombly, Ellen Lupton, Giorgio Morandi, Archigram, Arrested Development, Raymond Pettibon, the food of San Francisco, DeFaro's pizza, YouTube, and anyone from a Christopher Guest movie.

Environment: Our office is downtown, where we are amused and confused by the constant stream of tourists who touch the Wall Street Bull statue inappropriately.

Philosophy: See cultural influences.


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