Member Monday: Bob Blass

This week’s Member Monday features Bob Blass. Follow Bob on Instagram at @bob.blass and connect with him on facebook. Learn more about his company oornj.


Describe yourself in one sentence.

Always thinking. 

Where do you work/go to school?

Went to Columbus College of Art and Design, class of 1986.

I have my own company called oornj—prior to that has a business called Brainstorm.

Favorite program/tools to use for designing?

Pen, sketchbook, Illustrator, InDesign, Photoshop and I used to love Freehand.

Design hero?

When I was a young designer, I loved Michael Vanderbyl’s work.

Current hero is Allan Peters.

Favorite thing to do outside of work?

I love to hike and think—at the same time.

Favorite place in Indy?

Square Cat Vinyl…love the concept and vibe.

How and why did you get involved with AIGA? Approximately how long have you been involved with the organization?

I am a member for a sense of belonging/community, as well as trying to see how I can help younger designers develop. Really desire to make more of an effort to get plugged in, in that way. I feel I have a lot to impart from my experiences, as well as get some fresh input from younger designers.

I have been a member off and on since 1987.

What are you currently working on?

I am currently building a guest home rental in Brown County, which is where I live. Along with that, I am developing out my own brand for it. Additionally, I am doing some work in support of a documentary film on opioid/meth addiction here in Brown County. Love using my design skills and experience for greater societal good.

Any projects you want to highlight?

Did the 2003 Indianapolis 500 event logo with my partner Ed Illig. Also did the RCA Dome logo back around 1994.


PS: Did you know? Bob has a music festival in the fall in Brown County every year. Bigfoot Yancey is the host musical act, and they invite 4-6 other bands. This year it is October 10th, and everyone from AIGA is invited. It’s a fun time…food, music, friends, and camping.

By Kailee Koehler
Published February 3, 2020