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February 26, 2013

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Guide to Graphic Design

We are honored to have a designer profile and several works featured in the first edition of Guide to Graphic Design by Scott and Emily Santoro. This introductory text presents work from top design firms and schools to help illustrate the various working methods in design – of which Ertegun Jazz Hall of Fame and Japan Society 100 Years serve as examples of analytic concepts in motion and interaction design.

Additionally, in the designer profile filmed by the late Hillman Curtis, KMIP’s Agnieszka offers her perspective on the creative process – citing Norton Sociology and our very own website in stressing the importance of having fun, paying attention to details, and solving problems one step at a time.

February 18, 2013

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Louise Bourgeois: Ode à l’oubli

Everyone has something that makes them swoon – perhaps it’s a litter of sleeping puppies or a perfectly organized bookshelf.

For us, it’s Louise Bourgeois’s fabric book Ode à l’oubli. Constructed from monogrammed hand towels from the artist’s 1938 wedding, and featuring collages made from fragments of the artist’s old clothing and household textiles, this book is arguably one of our favorite art objects. It’s a powerful and poignant piece that gives us an intimate, tactile glimpse of the life and history of the artist.

Though it’s highly unlikely most of us will ever get our hands on this object as it’s safely preserved in MoMA’s collection (though, full disclosure: we got to do just that this past summer, swoon…), you can check out the piece in it’s entirety on Louise Bourgeois: The Complete Prints & Books, our latest digital collaboration with the museum. Together with this firsthand account on MoMA’s Inside/Out blog of what it’s like to handle, examine, and catalogue the actual book, you can practically feel the fabric between your fingers.

 

February 12, 2013

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You May Ask Yourself

After months of teasers featuring an animated cast of one-eyed aliens and assorted other spherical characters, the third edition of WW Norton’s You May Ask Yourself is finally out on shelves!

The textbook and accompanying suite of 18 animations – one for each chapter – is the much-anticipated result of our year-long collaboration with the author and the folks at WW Norton. The complete redesign of this popular college level “untextbook” (which currently holds the #1 spot in it’s marketplace) is packed with a vibrant color palette, a fresh new look, and an assortment of hand-drawn illustrations to help explain complicated concepts through simple narrative. Textbooks definitely looked nothing like this when we were in college.

Narrated by Dalton Conley himself, but scripted, illustrated and animated by the KMIP team, the short animations highlight the central paradox of each of the book’s chapters. Curious how society deals with deviance? Or the social construction of race? Just watch one of these puppies.

For more information, go to books.WWNorton.com

January 23, 2013

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Itty Bitties on Daily Candy

We are absolutely thrilled and honored to be featured on today’s DailyCandy!

Haven’t had a time to check out our latest crafty venture? Our brand new line of tees for tots is at TheIttyBittyProject.com.

An “exercise in creativity, dexterity, decision making, and patience,” our tees come with an assortment of felt pieces for making your own three-eyed monster, bologna sandwich, egg sandwich, flower, or pizza.

Read more about Little Threads: The Itty Bitty Project on DailyCandy.
And stay tuned as we unveil more designs in the coming months.

January 18, 2013

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Louise Bourgeois: Spider Bytes

It can often be a little too easy to forget all of the incredibly complex and meticulous steps that go into creating a website like Louise Bourgeois: The Complete Prints & Books.

To help us remember, MoMA’s Prints and Illustrated Books department just posted this behind the scenes look at the careful creative process of organizing and breaking down all of the intricate data that went into making the first-ever digital archive of Louise Bourgeois’s almost 3,500 prints and illustrated books a working reality.

We won’t bog you down with all the particulars here, so when you get a moment, wander over to MoMA’s Inside/Out blog for some delightful, and unabashedly nerdy, details on how we got things done.

January 7, 2013

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Guest Curator: Design Envy

Amidst all the year-end / new-year flurry, KMIP’s Agnieszka Gasparska served as a guest curator on AIGA’s Design Envy – a daily blog featuring the best in design as chosen by a new curator each week.

The entries include Christian Marclay’s The Clock: an epic 24-hour video collage assembled from thousands of film clips; The Present: a clock that takes 365 days to make one rotation; MOMO: super simple, highly graphic street posters; Blissymbolics: a visual language that communicates truth without the trickery of words; and Moon Glass: ceramic glasses that display phases of the moon depending on how much liquid it contains.

Check them out for yourself over at Design Envy.

December 26, 2012

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MoMA: Inventing Abstraction

If you find yourself with a little extra time post-holiday (and a serious need to unwind), trek over to The Museum of Modern Art for their latest exhibition, “Inventing Abstraction”. The first collaboration between MoMA and WQXR, this exhibit celebrates experimentation and ideas that gave way to Abstract art – it even comes with a playlist!

While you’re there, don’t forget to check out the interactive Digital Book kiosks we created, in collaboration with Redub and Type/Code.

For more info, check out Inventing Abstraction, 1910-1925.

December 22, 2012

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Thank You For Fracking

In early November, Esquire Magazine approached KMIP to create an illustration for their January 2013 issue. The article, “Thank You For Fracking”, sheds light on the national debate surrounding this controversial topic while explaining what fracking actually is. Our bite-sized illustration breaks down the process in a step-by-step diagram.

Check out the full article on the Esquire website.

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!