A Reno native with a penchant for film noir movies and hard-boiled detective stories
Erik Flippo joined the KPS3 crew in 2016 as the team’s senior designer. With nearly three decades of impressive experience, Erik uses his super-savvy design eye to guide clients through all-things aesthetic—ensuring everything from web pixels to pretty prints are picture perfect.
Erik earned his B.A. in journalism from the University of North Carolina (his blood still runs Tar-Heel Blue) and his B.F.A. with honors in graphic design from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California. Prior to joining the KPS3 team, Erik sharpened his design skills everywhere from L.A. to the Bay Area. His impressive roster of employment includes a role as the chief graphic designer for a California-based newspaper group that boasted a combined daily circulation of over 200,000 readers, and as a web designer for Telocity, Inc. in Cupertino—a national broadband services provider which burned through $30 million a quarter until it was acquired by DirecTV for pennies on the dollar. (Erik got to design the stock certificate… so that was cool.)
Erik eventually left the sunny skies of Silicon Valley behind, though, for a trip back to the snowy Sierra of his hometown, where he worked as a designer for a number of Reno-based companies—including the Nevada Museum of Art and The National Judicial College on the University of Nevada, Reno campus.
When Erik isn’t making mockups and perfecting pixels on behalf of his clients, you can find him fawning over his impressive collection of Reno-Tahoe memorabilia. His inventory includes everything from casino chips to vintage menus to old-school postcards. Also in his safekeeping? An eclectic mix of items from the 1960’s-era federal fallout shelter program—including Civil Defense radiation detectors, medical and sanitation kits, and rations. So, if you’re ever in need of a post-apocalyptic afternoon snack, he’s got some unopened cans of 50-year-old “survival crackers” handy for the taking (though he advises opting for something a little more recent from the office kitchen instead).