poly-mode applies design to inspire people to better themselves and improve society. Our studio helps organizations embrace cultural diversity and increase community involvement. Our collaborators include: The Baltimore Museum of Art, Mark Bradford, The Center for Urban Pedagogy, the Hillary Clinton Presidential campaign, Housing Works, MoMA, The Phillips Collection, the Wynwood Arts District in Miami, FL, and the U.S. Department of States Bureau of Cultural Affairs.

423 W. Ellis Ave
Inglewood, CA 90302

T (213) 267-3591
M (202) 701-8452
E silas@poly-mode.com

 
Photo: Fred Spigelman

Photo: Fred Spigelman

 
Photo: Anna Maynard

Photo: Anna Maynard

Silas Munro
poly-mode, founder

Munro's design work and writings have been published in many forms at home and abroad. As an educator, he focuses on expanded design studies. He has been a critic, lecturer, and professor at many internationally ranked art and design programs. Munro serves as Assistant Professor in Communication Arts and MFA in Graphic Design at Otis College of Art and Design, and Advisor in the MFA Program in Graphic Design at Vermont College of Fine Arts. He holds a Master of Fine Arts from California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Rhode Island School of Design (RISD).

 

Brian Johnson
poly-mode, partner

Brian guides his clients on a process-based journey that yokes together ink, paper, typography, images, photography and other media to craft unique design. The final work tells the story of his clients in their voice, often in a way that they had never bear considered, but that rings true and clear. Brian draws on the beauty in all things and all experiences to tell the truth of his clients’ stories. He fuses together his skills as an artist, researcher, teacher, designer, detective, brainstormer, consultant, and a maker of things, while holding space for his clients as they together invent something that has never before existed. Self-taught and schooled in many art forms from an early age, Brian later formalized his design education at Rhode Island School of Design (RISD). Here he learned his craft from the foundation up, as well as the critical skills of process, which, more than anything, are the underpinnings of every great design. His approach to design is creation always – and all ways.