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5. Paul Kimball

Interesting and fun project. I really tried to keep two “journal” aspects in mind, one being a space for very personal and exploratory dialogue, the other being a collection of work for public consumption.

The first spreads were done extemporaneously, and the process was surprisingly thrilling. Patterns and meanings emerged as I worked (played!), and the whole thing made a strangely profound kind of sense to me. Since the story I wrote was about my relationship with my father, I thought a lot about fatherhood in general, about being a son, about having my own son, stuff like that. I’ve spent so much time focusing on the more goal-oriented, audience focused side of the equation (design) lately that I had forgotten how much fun the more intuitive (art) parts can be. Open Space was a much-needed reminder.

I had a great deal of fun working with my friend John Swick on the illustrated story. We’d played music together before (he’s a walloping drummer) but never had we done anything like this. I have always really liked his drawing style, and I think he brought exactly the right degree of humor to the text. Thanks, John, your contributions were spot-on.

All in all, I am really honored to have been involved with Open Space. Speak Up, and the community its name now implies, has done a lot for my professional engagement and development in the past year; I am proud to have contributed.

Click here to launch a new window and start with the first picture.

You can also download Open Space in its entirety via a PDF [3.2 Mb] with the latest additions to it.

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PUBLISHED ON Dec.09.2003 BY Speak Up
joy olivia’s comment is:

Oh my god, Paul's pages are pure genius. Sorry for the valley girl-ness of my post, but it was hard to contain myself -- to just a cheesy throwback from the 80s -- when describing how nicely Paul's pages came together. His collaboration with talented illustrator John Swick helps to make the whole section swell with contagious energy and subtle (and sometimes not-so-subtle) humor. Truly a work of art.

Thanks for all the hardwork, Paul!

On Dec.09.2003 at 09:46 PM
brook’s comment is:

ah and i need to muster something to follow it up! i've injured myself working on it already. lol

On Dec.09.2003 at 09:53 PM
Armin’s comment is:

I really enjoyed John's illustrations. As well as the writing in the last page, very touching.

I'm just glad people are picking up the slack after my rather lame start.

On Dec.09.2003 at 09:58 PM
Paul’s comment is:

Thanks a lot, you guys. I wasn't at all sure how it would go over, so I'm really glad you enjoyed it. As I said in my intro, it was a fun project for me. John seemed to be having a good time too, thankfully. Always hard to know how someone you draft into something will respond...

On Dec.09.2003 at 10:35 PM
Arturo’s comment is:

After seeing your incredible work it's really evident you were having lots of fun... Great work Paul! your collaboration with John is marvelous and very in tune with the Open Space spirit...

On Dec.09.2003 at 11:35 PM