About

Design is like Chemistry- all of the elements exist in nature; it just takes the proper skills, experience, and tools to create new and exciting compounds (or designs)

In Creative Industries great art is essential to selling your projects or designs.

Jonathan A. Kaplan is a multi-disciplinary artist, designer, and animator currently residing in The San Francisco Bay Area. With over 10 years of training and experience, Jonathan A. Kaplan brings 3d Arts, Animation, Design, Illustration, and Story Telling together to provide you or your company the tools necessary to communicate your vision to clients.

Services

3d Visualization & Rendering

From 3d Architectural and Interior Renderings to concept images of a product in design, Kaplan Design Labs offers years of experience and a reputation for quality for your 3d Visual needs.

Marketing Packages - Graphic Design - Web Design

Do you need a logo for your brand? Are you tired of cookie-cutter business card designs? Kaplan Design Labs offers custom and quality designs for all of your marketing needs. Having a cohesive brand is essential to any small or large business. If your clients can’t tell if your logo or website represents your business, you are probably in need of KDL’s work. Jonathan Kaplan has a hard earned reputation for creating modern, cutting edge marketing packages for individuals and corporate empires.

Animation & Motion Graphics
From Characters to titling sequences to special effects to Architectural Fly-Throughs, Kaplan Design Labs offers a full range of animation services. With a Bachelor’s of Science in Media Arts and Animation, Jonathan A. Kaplan is a highly versatile and experienced animator with experience on projects ranging from animating company mascots for commercials to animations showing off product functionality and design features.

Murals By Design - Chalkboard Art
Jonathan A. Kaplan started his creative career at the age of 5 learning oil painting. Since then, Jonathan has flourished as an accomplished artist working on custom murals for residential and commercial projects. From a scene depicting underwater wonders for your personal backyard paradise to typographic chalkboard art projects in restaurants and bars across the west coast, Kaplan Design Labs specializes in large scale custom artwork.

Past Mural project clients include corporations such a Budweiser, Darford, The Light Group, and Cricket Wireless.

Illustration
Are you writing a Children’s Book? Do you have have a new’s article in need of graphic commentary? Are you a doctor in need of medical illustrations for an upcoming symposium?

Jonathan A. Kaplan has experience in all of the above illustration sectors as well as many more. Contact KDL and get custom illustrations for your project today.

Pricing

Wondering what your creative needs will cost? Kaplan Design Labs can work within budgets of all sizes.

All projects are different in scope so it is difficult to set pricing tables, but know that how much you are willing to spend will directly correlate to how much time we can spend on your projects.

With this in mind, contact Kaplan Design Labs today for a custom creative strategy for your budget and needs.

Experience

Jonathan A. Kaplan, the creative master mind of Kaplan Design Labs, had an apparent natural gift for artistic pursuits. Jonathan started his path in the arts as a young child while living with his Grandmother who taught him Oil Painting, spending hours a day working side by side on  landscapes.

With encouragement from family and friends, Jonathan practiced and honed his creative skills throughout his formative years. While drawing and painting were core passions, Animation, Architecture, and Design had always been a fascinations.

When entering College, Jonathan was able to combine his many creative interests by entering into a Bachelor’s of Science program in Media Arts & Animation.

With a focus on 3d Graphics and a curriculum of well rounded digital and traditional Fine Art studies such as Life Drawing, Sculpture, and Illustration course work, Jonathan worked tirelessly to turn his natural talent into a professional career in Animation and Design.

Graduating as a leader in his class with Best in Show in the Media Arts & Animation program, Jonathan was recruited with a local Las Vegas Retail Design firm his first week out of school.

Retail Design ended up being an excellent start to his professional career by combining elements of Architecture / Interior Design, Graphic / Web Design, Motion Graphics / Animation, and Branding / Marketing.

In the 2 Years Jonathan worked with Ayala’s inc. and Ayala’s CG, he had helped to design several Retail Store Concepts and E Commerce Websites, as well as, dozens of pieces of Merchandise, in store Signage/ Video, and Industrial elements such as display cases and cash wraps.

With this experience under his belt, Jonathan went on to work as an Animator, Designer, and Artist in collaboration with self-made web & tech serial start-up entrepreneur, Konrad Musial (creator of the powerful web design software Artisteer,) as well as, world renowned Cartoonist/ Artist Bryant Arnold (creator of www.cartoonaday.com,) to build an interactive stock art powerhouse, Interactive Stock – www.interactivestock.com

During his tenure working with Konrad and Bryant, Jonathan was given the time and freedom to develop his illustration and animation skills as the head of the Graphics Research and Development department for this tech startup.

While R&D and Illustration were definitely passions that Jonathan enjoyed developing, he was again called back to Architecture and Interior Design after being recruited by one of the top Hospitality Design firms in the world, Steelman Partners, as a 3d Artist and Architectural Animator.

As an indispensable and instrumental leader in the 3d Graphics and Animation Department, Jonathan was a team leader creating 3d Visualizations and Animations which were essential to the design and approval process on roughly one hundred mega projects such as Resorts World Las Vegas ($4 Billion), Naga World Cambodia ($200 Million), Galaxy Macau (Phase 2 $3 Billion), Jupiter Gold Coast Australia ($345 Million), Genting Highlands ($3.5-4 Billion) to name a few.

Working closely with notable designers and architects such as Michael Arias, Nicole Dalton, Afsheen Rais, and even Paul Steelman himself, Jonathan flourished at Steelman Partners, and in the Architecture and Interior Design industry, quickly becoming an international 3d Visualization leader, capable of Photo-Realistic modeling/ rendering and developing his own, unique creative blueprint along the way.

Although Steelman Partners grew to be a creative home for Jonathan, after living in Las Vegas on and off for nearly 27 years, he felt that it was time to experience more of what the world had to offer. In what was a very brief search for his next creative adventure, Jonathan was quickly recruited by Charles Doell, Founder and Principle of Mister Important Design, a relatively new but paradigm shifting force in the Hospitality Design market.

Based out of Oakland, California, a Bay Area tech and design hub, Mister Important Design is internationally a leading Interior Design firm of 2016. MID is currently a finalist in several prestigious Architecture and Interior Design Awards Competitions, in particular, as a finalist in 3 Categories including best Hotel Design in the Gold Key Awards for Hospitality Design Excellence, as well as, a finalist for Best Resort in the International Design Excellence Awards for its groundbreaking resort project, W Hotels Punta de Mita.

In the 6 Months Jonathan has been with Mister Important, he has become a protege to Charles, acting as Lead 3d Artist, Assistant Designer, and FF&E Manager. With what is sure to be a bright future in the Design industry, Jonathan is definitely a young talent that is worth keeping an eye on.