Rich Hollant is the principal and design director at CO:LAB, a firm he started in 1988. After nearly two decades developing brand and product launches for Fortune 500 corporations, he now works exclusively on initiatives with social value that are in the public interest. An interdisciplinary major from Boston University and a media major from the Museum School of Fine Arts, Hollant’s approach blends comprehensive strategic thinking with tightly orchestrated execution.
He and his firm have received numerous awards from AIGA, CADC, Print, How, Graphis, Cause/Affect, AIGA CXD, and Best of New England. His design work has appeared in trade publications and books on design. Additionally, Hollant has been featured in Business Weekly and Communications Arts, was named one of GDUSA’s20 People to Watch,” and was honored by Fast Company as one of the top 11 designers creating social value.
Hollant has lectured and conducted workshops on ethics, business models, design for good, and creating impact for socially conscious organizations. He’s a national board member for AIGA. He’s also the founder of Parkville Studio, an emerging artists’ residency space and 360° mentoring program in Hartford; the founder of Free Center, a community space replacing library functions in Hartford’s Southwest neighborhood; and the Commissioner of Cultural Affairs for the City of Hartford.