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December 19, 2012

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MoMA: Louise Bourgeois

We are beyond thrilled to unveil our latest project with MoMA: the catalogue raisonné of the prints and illustrated books of Louise Bourgeois. Designed to ultimately showcase more than 3,500 images through incremental updates over the next three years, this first installment includes over 400 images that focus on the themes of spiders and fabrics.

In addition to highlighting the artist’s creative process, the site emphasizes the steps in the evolution of particular print compositions and reveals the comparative relationships between Louise’s prints, drawings, and sculptures. Not sure where to start? Ode à l’oubli is a favorite amongst the KMIP crew.

Louise Bourgeois: The Complete Prints & Books

For more information, check out the full case study.

 

December 12, 2012

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AIGA Design Ed K12

We were honored to work with AIGA to create an identity system for Design Ed K12 – their latest initiative to inspire and sustain design education programs for elementary, middle and high school students.

Drawing from their belief in instilling creative confidence and design thinking at a young age through hands-on experiences in problem solving, we decided that variations on a simple “scribble” would best represent the heart of their mission. Overtime, the “scribble” will continue to manifest itself in different forms (thread, paper, pen, etc.), so be on the lookout!

December 6, 2012

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The Itty Bitty Project

We could not be more excited to announce the official launch of our latest undertaking – The Itty Bitty Project, a crafty line of tees for little ones.

It’s been a few years in the making and we are thrilled to see this crazy little idea get very real. It could not have happened without the loving encouragement and tireless hard work of some incredible people – we are so inspired by all the magical steps that got us here.

Check it out and don’t be shy – let us know what you think!

October 27, 2012

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MoMA Learning

It’s no secret that we here at Kiss Me I’m Polish are strong proponents of lifelong learning. The pursuit of knowledge – whatever the field or topic – is something we try to actively promote in our everyday lives.

So naturally, we were thrilled to work with The Museum of Modern art in developing the visual design and information architecture for their latest educational endeavor, MoMA Learning. Whether you’re a teacher, student, or a lifelong learner, MoMA Learning is a destination for the tools and strategies for engaging with modern and contemporary art. Explore by theme, such as Dada, Surrealism, Minimalism, or Conceptual Art, or by artist. And don’t forget to download the customizable slide shows, worksheets, and other resources for use in the classroom or for independent study.

October 10, 2012

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Design Trust Benefit Invitations

We love parties! And sometimes there’s nothing more satisfying than getting a big, bright envelope in the mail with an equally bright and festively patterned invitation inside. Which was (at least part of) the thinking behind our design of the Design Trust’s 2012 Art+Design Benefit Auction invitations.

This year, the Design Trust is celebrating urban agriculture in New York City by bringing together more than 500 civid-minded, design-savvy New Yorkers for a festive evening of cocktails, conversations, and fierce bidding. So party alongside us, as we support the Design Trust for Public Space by simultaneously geeking out over all the eye candy up for auction and sampling all the wonderful eats and drinks that are sure to abound.

October 10, 2012

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A National Report Card

Our latest collaboration on the October issue of The Atlantic is now available on newsstands! ”American Schools” is a special report on education in the US – covering topics such as homeschooling, writing initiatives, and government involvement. Kiss Me I’m Polish created two full-spread information graphics for this feature.

A National Report Card looks at the educational successes and failures in American schools over the past year, while The Education Upstarts looks at the new generation of activists that have stepped up to lobby legislators and drive the conversation on Education policy in government.

A PDF version of A National Report Card is available online – but to see everything else in action – pick up a copy of The Atlantic for yourself.

October 8, 2012

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Outside Magazine: The Ultimate Issue

To celebrate their 35th year anniversary, Outside Magazine asked Kiss Me I’m Polish to create five full page information graphics for their reader poll on sports, lifestyle, travel, environment, and danger.

The questions, which are definitely not run-of-the-mill, range from willingness to take life-threatening risks to the things that have been smuggled through customs (fruit, drugs, money, exotic animals, and fireworks) to places where readers have had sex (tent, beach, portaledge).

In keeping with the whimsy of the poll, we used a combination of photo collage and simple graphics to create a cohesive set of illustrations that are visually dynamic, playful, and serious (but not too-serious).

Pick up a copy of the October issue and check it out for yourself!

September 27, 2012

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Paradox Animations

We’ll be the first to admit that college textbooks aren’t always at the top of our “favorite things to read” list – but sometimes, just sometimes – you strike gold. Which is exactly what happened when we signed on with WW Norton to redesign the third edition of You May Ask Yourself by Dalton Conley.

Part of the reason being that, in addition to designing the interior and cover, we created a series of short paradox animations to highlight the central theme covered in each chapter. The videos, which were animated by the masterful hand of Aaron Hughes and scored by Kevin Scott, are narrated by the author and feature a friendly cast of hand-drawn characters, custom storyboards, and plenty of LOLs.

Seriously – we’ve literally Laughed Out Loud SO many times while working on these. To see what we’re talking about, watch the first animation about Social Stratification here.

And be on the lookout! Though the actual book is slated for release in January 2013 – the animations will continue to be released over the next few months.

July 24, 2012

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Five Borough Farm Launch

We are thrilled to announce the launch of Five Borough Farm, the most detailed survey to date of New York City’s urban agriculture movement. Five Borough Farm offers a roadmap to farmers and gardeners, City officials and both public and private stakeholders to understand and weigh the benefits of urban agriculture.

Since being selected as the Graphic Design Fellow in April 2011, KMIP’s Agnieszka Gasparska has worked closely with the Design Trust for Public Space and a multidisciplinary team of experts in food policy, sustainable design, and public health evaluation, to design the identity, publication, website, and detailed information graphics for the Five Borough Farm Project.

Find out more by visiting the website.
Official press release here.

July 1, 2012

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The Ideas Issue

We are thrilled to announce that our latest collaboration with The Atlantic is now on newsstands. The Ideas Issue is an annual publication focused on presenting innovative ideas that can change the world – and this year, Kiss Me I’m Polish designed and illustrated their 14-page “2012 Ideas List.”

The list, a compilation of 23 1/2 “prescriptions, provocations, and modest proposals for making the world a better place” ranges in topic from banning gasoline to abolishing the secret ballot and selling the pill over the counter. To create a cohesive pictorial narrative that could work well with all the varied talking points (while still managing to stay relevant, fun, and informative), we collaged simple, but colorful graphic illustrations with a hefty dose of classic, kitschy stock photos.

Pick up a copy of the July/August issue and check it out for yourself!