FICTIVE KIN
[fik′tiv]

noun PEOPLE WHO ARE REGARDED AS BEING PART OF A FAMILY, EVEN THOUGH THEY ARE NOT RELATED BY EITHER BLOOD OR MARRIAGE BONDS. FICTIVE KINSHIP MAY BIND PEOPLE TOGETHER IN TIES OF AFFECTION, CONCERN, OBLIGATION, AND RESPONSIBILITY.

NOT A BAD THING TO NAME YOUR COMPANY AFTER.

Large enough to be dangerous. Small enough to be interesting.

We are a tight-knit team of engineers and designers All told, there are 20 of us ———— Our team members range from very experienced to unfairly experienced ——————— Some people call us experts Those people are not wrong Our HQ is in Brooklyn, NY It has the nickname ISP We live and breathe product This makes us very good at product ——— It also leads to a respiratory problem known as bit lung ———— If you work with us, you will get to hear all about our mantras that include “Remember the redwood seed,” “Reduce ’til it hurts,” and “No sex before marriage” ——————— That last one is not actually sexual But, it is very helpful

What is a Fictive Kin? People who are regarded as being part of a family, even though they are not related by either blood or marriage bonds. Fictive kinship may bind people together in ties of affection, concern, obligation, and responsibility.

Not a bad thing to name your company after.

What’s a
fictive kin?
We believe who you work with matters as much as what you work on. As a result, people tend to stay at FK for a long time. We don’t just have tons of experience. We have tons of experience WORKING WITH EACH OTHER. That’s a powerful thing. Helen Keller said it best: “Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.” There’s no “i” in Fictive Kin. Or, at least not in FK.

Some of Our
Speaking Gigs

  • SXSW Austin • Webstock Wellington • BUILD Belfast • Awwwards Conference Paris • ApacheCon Las Vegas • Brooklyn Beta Brooklyn • ACAD Keynote Commencement Alberta • PHP and Functional Programming Tokyo • Smashing Conference Freiburg • Dsgnday Amsterdam • Creative Mornings New York • Edge of the Web Perth • O’Reilly Open Source Convention Portland • Future of Web Design London • Icelandic Web Awards Reykjavík • AIGA Design Camp Minnesota • An Event Apart Seattle



Awards
’n’ Things

THE KIN HAVE EXHIBITED AT: MoMA, the Denver Art Museum, the American Institute of Architecture, the AIGA gallery in New York, the permanent collection of the National Design Archive, etc. • AND WON AWARDS LIKE: OneClub, AIGA365 Award, Graphis Award, SEGD Global Design Award, Brand New Awards, Information is Beautiful Awards, Awwwards • AND BEEN WRITTEN ABOUT IN: The New York Times, Fast Company, How Design, Communication Arts, The Great Discontent, Print Magazine, GOOD Magazine, Spin Magazine, Design Observer, Smashing Magazine, Mashable, TIME Magazine, NPR, Forbes



Life We’re
Responsible For

  • Tegan
  • Killian
  • Riley
  • Arden
  • Unknown!
  • Kyra
  • Cody
  • Jayden ’n’ Raphaelle
  • Beau ’n’ Jack
  • M**
  • Walter
  • Samson
  • Moon
  • Loki
  • Ruby
  • Lucy
  • Randall
  • Bearface
  • Pinky
  • Huey
  • Duey
  • Henry
  • Maslow



Community Stuff We
Run or Are Part Of

We created and ran Brooklyn Beta • Same goes for New Adventures in Web Design • We created YOUths! • We run design and technology events in BK at ISP • We were part of the original Studiomates crew and continue to be part of their co-working community • We served on the board of American Institute of Graphic Arts • We created and ran Summer Camp • We were a Core Developer for CakePHP for years • We serve as judges for design and tech panels worldwide • We guest lecture for various design and tech programs including Parsons, The New School, ACAD, etc.