Gabe Kean

Designer and Born Magazine director Gabe Kean discusses abused fonts, Mark Twain, and exactly why people in the Northwest drive slow in the left lane.

Name, Date of Birth, website: Gabe Kean, August 17th, 1973. Born Magazine

Occupation title(s), both real and desired-in-another-lifetime: Real: Lead Designer, Second Story Interactive Studio, Art Director, Born Magazine; Next time: a chef cooking for monks in a Tibetan monastery.

Best story you’ve overheard at a bar/restaurant/park: I think it’s the story that Celeste told me: describing her and Marybeth’s adventures in West Seattle karaoke dives (posing as white trash women).

Favorite books: Songs of the Doomed by Hunter S. Thompson, Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain, Trout Fishing in America by Richard Brautigan.

Heroes: Mark Twain, as the humorist.

Most misunderstood font, and why: Comic Sans. People seem to think it is a really great and appropriate font for use on menus at Indian restaurants, signage at yoga studios, and garage sale signs. Hmm.

What makes you laugh: People in Portland and Seattle seem to think it’s just fine to drive slower than the speed limit in the left lane.

Five words that sound great: Sugar, pong, lily, home, booyah!

The Internet is used best for: General research and exploring new art forms (in particular, I’m interested in experimenting with technology).

Charity worth giving to: Born Magazine—now a non-profit organization.


Rosecrans Baldwin co-founded TMN with publisher Andrew Womack in 1999. His latest book is Everything Now: Lessons From the City-State of Los Angeles. More information can be found at More by Rosecrans Baldwin