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April 28, 2014

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AIGA Slow Motion Collisions

This past Wednesday, our very own Agnieszka Gasparska organized and participated in a public conversation titled Slow Motion Collisions How Digital Design Careers Evolve moderated by Khoi Vinh, designer, blogger and VP of User Experience at Wildcard. This AIGA event developed from Khoi’s upcoming book of interviews with designers about their careers.

Along with Agnieszka, the panel consisted of Justin Van Slembrouck, Design Director of Digg, Jill Nussbaum, Executive Director of Product Design at The Barbarian Group and Cemre Gungor, Co-Founder of Branch.

Khoi led the designers through a conversation focusing on pivotal moments that shaped their design careers. In the cozy Bumble and Bumble theater, the panel shared anecdotes, insights and lessons learned to the audience.

The conversation only stressed the importance for designers, regardless of where they are in their careers, to put themselves out there to create opportunities for collisions.

April 24, 2014

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Itty Bitties sprouting!

Come check out the Itty Bitty Project at Kickstarter’s upcoming 5th birthday bash block party extravaganza in Greenpoint!!

From 12 to 6pm on Saturday, May 3rd, we will be holding court among some of Kickstarter’s favorite vendors with our very own fun-filled booth – complete with all the tees you could ever want, Itty Bitty bit making workshops, special edition items, an out-of-this-world photo booth – and we may even let you guys make your very own Itty Bitty tacos!

And did we mention that backers of our Kickstarter campaign will receive a special friends & family discount?

No excuse not to come by and say hello!!!

Find out more about Kickstarter’s Block Party and we hope to see you all there!

April 19, 2014

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Sigmar Polke at the MoMA

When asked to design the digital books for Sigmar Polke’s first retrospective at the MoMA we jumped at the chance. Diving into the sketchbook of a such a prolific and talented artist was quite the experience. Needless to say, we continue to be in awe of his work.

Check out the show while it’s still on until August 3.

April 2, 2014

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Website launch: Design Trust for Public Space!

For the past nine months Kiss Me I’m Polish has been working with the Design Trust for Public Space (and our development partner Type/Code) on a brand spanking new website for this amazing organization working tirelessly to unlock the potential of New York City’s public spaces for all of its inhabitants. Founded in 1995, with its last website design dating back to 2006, it was definitely high time for an enhanced digital space for the Design Trust!

The resulting website not only presents the Design Trust’s diverse breadth of current projects and past case studies, it also sheds light on the non-profit’s intricate process, interdisciplinary methods, expansive network of collaborators, and some of the key lessons learned along the way.

We are incredibly proud to have been part of this undertaking and so excited to witness how some of the best practices in design, planning and policy projects now accessible to the public inspire communities outside of New York, advancing design-literacy and connecting the public with transformative tools for change.

March 31, 2014

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Five Borough Farm Phase II Book Launch

Book launches are best over breakfast. The Design Trust for Public Space and their supporters convened last week at the NYC Parks Arsenal to celebrate the publication of the Five Borough Farm initiative’s second book – Measuring the impact of urban agriculture in NYC. Part how-to, part reference guide, this new book is integral in supporting the efforts of New York City farmers in gathering concrete data about their activities and maximizing the impact of their outputs.

We are thrilled to have had the opportunity to partner with the Design Trust on another major milestone in this ground-breaking project. Stay tuned for news on phase III which is currently under way!

In the meantime, you can purchase the physical book or download a PDF.

P.S. The first and second Five Borough Farm books were designed to complement each other on a bookshelf so get the first book while you’re at it.

March 27, 2014

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We’ve been busy!

Hold on to your hat, folks. Much has been brewing behind the doors of our studio here at Kiss Me I’m Polish. We can’t wait to share, so expect news updates soon!

March 14, 2014

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Gauguin: Metamorphoses

The breath-taking Gauguin: Metamorphoses exhibition just opened at the Museum of Modern Art last week and we are so excited to announce the public launch of the website we designed to accompany it! One of our favorite design projects ever – and we got to work with some of our favorite co-conspirators, Type/Code, on the development side of things.

Showcasing Gauguin’s oeuvre across a variety of mediums (especially print, for which he is much less known for), and emphasizing the thematic threads that connect so many different parts of his diverse body of work, this website offers users a comprehensive experience of the various works, techniques and subjects which are the focus of the exhibition, while enticing an extra level of exploration and understanding only an interactive experience can inspire.

Gauguin: Metamorphoses is on view at the MoMA until June 8th, and is garnering some notable press already (read what The Guardian has to say, and WNYC too). Definitely go see it in person – and be sure to visit our website to learn more, either before or after!

November 15, 2013

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AIGA Justified Competition

We are thrilled and honored to announce that Five Borough Farm has been selected for the AIGA Justified competition! AIGA’s Justified competition recognizes case studies that demonstrate the value of design in a clear, compelling, and accessible way.

AIGA built this competition around the case study format, rather than one built around the selection of artifacts, to offer a more effective means of revealing how designers have approached clients’ problems. With that in mind, the 2013 Justified competition honors 14 projects that successfully demonstrate the value of design.

In the juror comments, Five Borough Farm was praised for being not only beautiful and cleanly designed, but accessible, motivating, informative, and easy to digest. Check out the full case study and all the juror comments.

All 14 selections for the Justified competition can be found at the AIGA website.

November 5, 2013

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Human Rights and Disability Advocacy

We’re proud to announce that our latest project, the cover design for Human Rights and Disability Advocacy, is now out on shelves!

Human Rights and Disability Advocacy tells the story of how the Convention of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) came to be by bringing together perspectives from individual representatives of the Disabled People’s Organizations (DPOs), nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), indigenous peoples’ organizations, states, and national institutions that played leading roles in the Convention’s drafting process. Through the plurality of voices and insider perspectives, this title presents fresh perspectives on the shift toward a new diplomacy and explores the implication of this model for human rides advocacy more generally.

Find out more here.

October 25, 2013

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Afraid to Ask/Hard to Answer

KMIP’s Agnieszka Gasparska joins Ken Carbone of Carbone Smolan Agency, Carin Golberg of Carin Goldberg Design, Emily Oberman of Pentagram, and Scott Stowell of Open for the panel discussion: Afraid to Ask/Hard to Answer. To wrap up the Image of the Studio exhibition, these design professionals will peel back the curtain on the day-to-day operations of a studio and the design community at large.

We will discuss some of the finer points of running a studio, from what happens when a client or project goes back, to business development, hiring/firing, taking on pro-bono jobs, work hours, and more.

The event will take place on Monday, October 28 from 6:30-8:30pm at The Rose Auditorium, 41 Cooper Square. For more information visit the Image of the Studio website.

UPDATE: Thank you to everyone who attended the panel! Video of the event is available here.