Born and raised in Zurich, Switzerland, Stefan Killen has lived in New York City since 1991. He established the design studio Stefan Killen Design in 1993 and ran it until changing the name to Red+Company in 2016. Starting out as a book cover designer he expanded into identity and branding, print collateral, annual reports, and websites, offering project analysis, brand development, graphic design, and creative direction to such clients as Child Aid, The Cancer Research Institute, The Ford Foundation, and the U.S. Navy. He has designed over 1,000 book covers for a long list of publishers, including Continuum Publishing, Liturgical Press, Oxford University Press, Rockport Publishers, and St. Martin’s Press.
In addition to running Red+Company Stefan is also a fine art photographer. His pinhole portraits and photographs of New York City are in collections across the US, Europe, and Japan, are included in the award-winning book Out of Focus: Pinhole Cameras and Their Pictures, and have been exhibited at the Alan Klotz Gallery in New York, as well as group shows juried by Molly Barnes and Larry Gagosian. Stefan’s blog has been picked up by DossierJournal.com, GetAddictedTo.com, Lomography.com, and Subtraction.com. His photos have been seen on numerous TV and movie sets, including Girls, Creed, Millionaires, as well as in the photography collection of Ian Schrager’s Clocktower restaurant in New York City.
Stefan studied fine art at the Evergreen State College in Olympia, WA and received a Certificate in Graphic Design at the Basel School of Design’s Basics Course with Wolfgang Weingart. He is currently working on several books of his photography, including one on Walt Whitman’s poem Crossing Brooklyn Ferry.