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Karl Heine
Brooklyn born, Connecticut raised — Bridgeport resident.
Heine attended the University of Bridgeport and graduated in 1982, with a BFA Graphic Design/Illustration and minor in Photography.

A life-long explorer in traditional and digital imaging — urban, abandoned and industrial focused photography. In the wild — shapes and textures were always an obsession, especially rocks and naturally distressed wood. I had always been fascinated by diffused light and stone. This was the reason for choosing the Beinecke Library for my Art History Thesis. Our exploration had to include either a period piece or structure. The Beinecke Library is an architectural marvel, protecting the rare books and manuscripts, filter out harmful UV light while still allowing illumination during the day due to the translucency of the marble panels.

2011 to present — FreshBeam, experimenting and perfecting “Found Object” illumination with new technology, OLED and LED light sources.
The Fifty Thousand Hours Before I Die Show — launching in the Fall of 2017.

Select Group Exhibits/Installations: 2014 It Narratives: The Movement of Objects as Information, Franklin Street Works, Stamford, CT; 2014 One+One,  Schelfhaudt Gallery, University of Bridgeport, Bridgeport, CT; 2014 Stilled Lives, Beacon Lofts Gallery, Beacon, NY; 2014 A Beautiful Crime, Read’s Artspace, Bridgeport, CT; 2011 Project Store Front, DesignerGrill Pop-up, New Haven, 2010 – 2012; A Better World by Design Expo, Providence, RI; 2010 Bridgeport, Create Gallery, Entrance lighting design, Bridgeport, CT; 2010 A Better World by Design Gala, selected for the Recycling, Retrofitting, Repurposing and Upcycling Exhibit at the Steel Yard, Providence, RI; 1999– 2010 TerraLuminiere — a studio specializing in lighting of translucent stone, found objects, scrap metal and plastics. Most of my pieces are now in private collections and a few select pieces in our home.

Heine currently teaches Graphic Design Applications — SUNY New Paltz, Innovative Product Creation — Miami Ad School, NYC. Design Thinking and Studio — Anhui Polytechnic, WuHu China. Prior Teaching: “Starting a Small Business” to Packaging Designers at Fashion Institute of Technology, Business Practices and Ethics at SASD, University of Bridgeport. Heine is a practicing designer recognized by industry competitions and publications including: FPO, Communication Arts Magazine, Felt & Wire, Packaging Design Magazine, and the Dieline. In addition to teaching, Heine lectures frequently at design-focused institutions and industry associations, including: Pratt, SVA, RISD, FIT, UCONN, AIGA, CADC, Syracuse University and Carnegie Mellon.

He was appointed (2014) to the Board of Directors of the TDC (Type Directors Club) and assumed the role of Membership and Scholarship Chair and co-chaired TDC62 Competition (2016). A past founding Board Member of the AIGA Metro-North Chapter (now Brand Central), board member of the Connecticut Art Directors Club from 1995–2000 and 2005–2008; and remains an active member of AIGA/NY, TDC, ADC, One Club and Material ConneXion. Heine is the founder and Solutionist at creativeplacement, a talent recruitment firm dedicated to packaging, interactive, and print professionals + DesignerJournals — Sustainable + Handmade in the USA + He is the co-founder of PUSH workshops and kHyal + Karl.