Monty Python’s Flying Circus was in reruns on a television with rabbit ears. MTV was about to launch a new phenomenon called a music video, and the VCR whirred late into the night capturing The Midnight Special

it was during this time that kyle would walk from jr high school to his dad’s urban planning firm, J L Webb Planning in newport beach, where he would spend his afternoons enjoying a hot fudge sundae with peanuts and whipped cream from JoJo’s across the parking lot, and witnessing something that would have a significant influence in his life’s trajectory: jeff at work. 

not only was jeff having fun doing his job, but he was coming up with obscure and humorous solutions along the way. turns out, he was a graphic designer, and just about as eclectic and creative as they come. even the sculpture (his senior thesis) that hung in the office captured the scale, genius and obscurity of his art. kyle resonated with everything he was doing. and it wasn’t long until kyle knew that someday, he wanted to be able to say, “i’m a graphic designer”… designing with the same irreverence, intelligence and creativity that jeff did. 

as the ’80s blew through town, kyle graduated high school and was working part-time at his father’s firm. his exposure to other creative education paths was expanding, and industrial design quickly caught his attention. it combined the thoughtful, thought-through process and design sensitivity that was part of kyle’s inner being. but this departure was to be only a brief sidebar in his design career, because in 1984 apple introduced something new to the world that would ultimately change graphic design. a beige box with this thing called a mouse and graphic screen. it was called macintosh. before long, kyle was helping modernize and update his dad’s firm (seen here at his desk–still a drafting table–with his new-born son and a macintosh SE in 1987), and teaching his college professors about this new tool for design. 

in the late 80’s, the housing downturn hit his dad’s firm pretty hard. so kyle decided this was a good time to pursue his graphic design career on his own. several dynamic clients later, and some pro-bono work, led to an opportunity to join a local church in making a positive difference in the community. in 1991, he joined staff at mariners church in newport beach, california (now in irvine) where he would design, photograph, art direct and oversee the look and feel of this growing and thriving church for over 25 years.

in the later part of his time at mariners, kyle had a passion for training up new designers who could lead the look and feel of mariners church, so the set-up was in place. the church was going thru changes that included new senior leadership and at the same time kyle and his wife felt a calling out of california. with incredible timing, through tears of joy and years of wonderful memories, he stepped down from his role and handed the mantle to the next generation as he and his wife moved to colorado.

and this is where we pick up the story… in a new context inspiring new creativity in a new city, grand junction, colorado. just a few miles east of utah. 

reach out, i’d enjoy hearing from you kyle@kwgrafx.com or you can call or text me at 970.444.2594

p.s. if you watched the Midnight Special clip above, kyle was at the concert steven mentions in his chat with ted.