Specific Ideas is the multidisciplinary creative practice of Adam Swift Lucas. Currently, it consists of two parts:
- the studio — a graphic design studio that seeks to create new structures for ideas through the thoughtful arrangement of text, image, and space.
- the press — a small, independent publishing house that pursues a holistic creative process, providing care and consideration to the concept, design, typography, and production of each publication.
A portion of the practice is dedicated to supporting social justice efforts through pro bono service.
The structure of this site maps to the two-part structure of Specific Ideas. The “Studio” section features a selection of graphic design work from 2012 to the present — identity, exhibition, editorial, interactive, and video projects.
The “Press” section features a catalogue of recent publishing output — books and editions; larger collaborative publications; and smaller self-initiated works. Full e-commerce functionality is coming soon.
A focus of the press’s publishing output is artist books and editions because they are an accessible, distributable medium for ideas and an effective means for amplifying voices that are less heard.
Books & Editions
Formerly known as NOS Press, the press was founded in 2018 in Kansas City, MO. Specific Ideas tries to be as sustainable as possible in all aspects of its practice.
Specific Ideas publications are stocked at Inga (Chicago, Illinois) and Motto Books (Berlin, Germany). Work can also be found in the special collections at the Whitney Museum of American Art, Printed Matter, and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Out in the World
Specific Ideas has exhibited at various book fairs, including the abC Art Book Fair (Beijing, China); It’s a book (Laipzig, Germany); the Kuala Lumpur Art Book Fair (Malaysia); One Thousand Books (Cophenhagen, Denmark); the Recreo Art Book Fair (Valencia,Spain); the Tokyo Art Book Fair (Japan); and the Vancouver Art Book Fair (Canada); among others.
Specific Ideas has given talks at Boston University with the Multiple Formats Symposium, The University of North Carolina Charlotte with the FATE Conference, Kenyon College as a Mesaros Visiting Artist, and Kansas City Art Institute.
Specific Ideas operates out of a studio space located on the third floor of Holsum Studios, the old Holsum Food Products building in the West Bottoms area of Kansas City, Missouri.
Location & Contact
Specific Ideas has had the privilege to work with many talented people and teams, including Corey Antis, Adam Brick, L’Sharessee Burrell, David Dini, Jeffrey Eaton, The Ekru Project, Jackson Ferber, Rachel Ferber, Jason Huff, Imagine That!, KC Tenants, Andrew LeClair, and Joshua-Michéle Ross, among many others.
This website is designed by Adam Swift Lucas and built with Cargo. It’s typeset in True Sans and True Sans Mono, designed by Mads Wildgaard (Bold Decisions); and Monotype Ionic designed by Adrian Frutiger (after Vincent Figgins). All content ©copyright Adam Swift Lucas (2022) unless otherwise noted.