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May 2, 2012


How To Make A Hollywood Hit

In late February, The Atlantic approached KMIP to illustrate a full spread information graphic to appear in their May 2012 issue for an article title “How To Make a Hollywood Hit.” The narrative guides us through a set of savvy, unofficial rules that Hollywood employs to build and secure a global box-office hit (and bring in the dough).

Suffice to say, the movie junkie in us was thrilled with this assignment. Partly because the complex heavy data sets we usually work with took on the form of Will Smith, 3-D glasses, and worlds that don’t really exist. Score! So to make the most of this type of non-numerical data, we created a map that takes the viewer to all corners of the world (and in some instances, beyond). Not sure what we mean? Let’s just say that we not-so-stealthily snuck in some rather geeky iconic movie references – Where’s Waldo style. Think: Jaws, Planet of the Apes, The Matrix, and more.

The May issue is now available on newsstands, so pick up a copy for yourself and nerd out with us. For those of you who prefer to do things on the web, there’s a downloadable PDF available on The Atlantic website.

April 30, 2012

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What’s Wrong With Our Food System?

In partnership with GOOD and Oxfam Australia, Kiss Me I’m Polish designed an information graphic that outlines the major factors that contribute to global hunger. From climate change to waste to cuts in government aid, the piece both illustrates the problems within our food system, while offering ways on how it can be fixed.

Check out the full information graphic on the GOOD website.

April 11, 2012


How We Spend

The April issue of The Atlantic is now on newsstands, and features a full spread information graphic by yours truly. The illustration, which accompanies the article “How We Spend,” presents the shift in American spending from 1947 to 1967 to 2007 within nine different categories.

We made sure to blast the data with a good shot of playfulness – so pick up an issue to get a closer peek. We’re sure you’ll find something in there to tickle your fancy.

In the meantime, check out the interactive version on The Atlantic website.

March 20, 2012


Norton Anthology of World Literature

The Norton Anthology of World Literature is a six volume, 6,000 page tome that surveys 4,000 years of world literature. For this latest edition, Kiss Me I’m Polish was asked to redesign the timelines featured at the backend of each volume. The timeline, which plots the publication of key literary texts in the context of greater world events, were designed to be simple and easy-to-read, so that students can, at a glance, visualize a large amount of information.

Needless to say, we are thrilled to have had the opportunity to contribute to this massive undertaking – which also features dozens of new selections, translations, contextual essays, illustrations, and maps – all which manifest into the most accessible and teachable version of the anthology ever published.

For more information, check out the WW Norton website.

March 14, 2012


How We Spend Information Graphic

In early February, The Atlantic approached KMIP to develop a full spread information graphic to appear in their April 2012 issue for an article titled “How We Spend”. The assignment? Find a way to effectively communicate data on how American spending has changed from 1947 to 1967 to 2007 within nine different categories.

The data set we were provided was full of complexities – and we wanted our illustration to reflect those meticulous details without becoming visually overwhelming. So we created simple charts and blasted them with a hefty dose of playful and comprehensive imagery.

The April issue (with our print version) hits newsstands soon. In the meantime, check out the interactive version on The Atlantic website.

February 1, 2012


Ending Water Poverty

Following our collaboration with Water For People on a project that re-imagined how the organization’s mission is represented, Kiss Me I’m Polish was asked to create a comprehensive information graphic that summarized their core ideas. The piece uses characters, icons and vignettes (inspired by the Water For People logo) to communicate their unique mission and innovative approach for ending water poverty.

Check out the full information graphic on the Water For People website.

See the full case study on our other work with Water For People.

January 31, 2012


American Government Textbook

We are thrilled to announce that WW Norton’s American Government: Power and Purpose, 12ed., designed by Kiss Me I’m Polish, is now out on shelves. This major revision presents a historical and institutional approach in discussing the American government and features a newly re-designed “Analyzing the Evidence” information graphics section that shows, through a clean and bold visual presentation, how data and research yield important insights into politics.

Full case study coming soon. In the meantime, find out more about the book by visiting the WW Norton website.

December 29, 2011


Project Update

There’s been a lot of activity going on in our website’s “Work” section. In case you missed any of it, here’s breakdown of the case studies we’ve added.

American Buffalo: Take a closer look at the limestone base we designed for Marc Swanson’s permanent outdoor sculpture paying homage to the American Buffalo.
Catchafire: Branding for a NY-based organization described as being an eHarmony for volunteering.
ChallengePost: A blast from the past – website and identity for a NY-based start up offering a global marketplace for challenges.
Free Agents: A complete re-design (identity, web, and promo materials) for a talent agency representing original directors and artist.
We The People: Information graphics a college level textbook on American politics & government.
National Geographic: Fun bite-sized illustrations of interesting animal facts and more.

November 8, 2011


Understanding Our Universe

We are over the moon (pun intended) to announce that WW Norton’s Understanding Our Universe is now on shelves, and features 18 full page illustrations by Kiss Me I’m Polish. This introductory astronomy textbook features an innovative method of teaching, using art, media, and learning exercises that allow students to apply what they’ve learned, as they learn it.

For one of these features, KMIP contributed a series of 18 chapter opener illustrations designed to look like a messy student notebook. The goal: to emphasize observation and sketching by incorporating photos and hand-drawn diagrams that visualize the way in which a student processes information as they are thinking about it – in real time. To do this, each chapter begins with a notebook-type collage that illustrates a specific concept outlined within the chapter. Once the reader reaches that concept, they are they are referred back to the illustration so that they can reexamine it in light of the new information they have learned.

November 2, 2011


The Great Big Book of Horrible Things

We are thrilled to announce that WW Norton’s The Great Big Book of Horrible Things: The Definitive Chronicle of History’s 100 Worst Atrocities, now on shelves, features a full back-cover illustration by Kiss Me I’m Polish. Written by historian, statistician, and self-described atrocitologist Michael White, the book is an unconventional account of world history. A sort of greatest hits of death – the writing is droll, thoughtful, straightforward, and ultimately sympathetic to those who died.

Taking that into account, KMIP was asked to take some of the pertinent facts in the book and bring them to life in a bright, dense, and humorous information graphic. With the help of some cheerful colors and a healthy dose of skulls, our final design moved beyond the standard pie and bar chart to chronicle stats such as, annual deaths by violence and oppression over the past 200 years, deaths by overall violence (315,000,000 from war!), and the ultimate fate of perpetrators (among them – suicide, assassination, peaceful retirement, and death by natural causes).

The cherry on top? The folks at WW Norton decided to create an animation out of our illustration in this rad promo video for the book!

To find out more about the book, visit the WW Norton website, and check out the book review on the NY Times.