Day 100

Day 100

We've learned that it's better to have a strong conviction for the values and larger aspirations of your project, and then just let things happen to you along the way.

— Kern and Burn

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Woohoo! Day 100 has arrived. We can hardly believe it. So much has happened in a mere three months that it’s hard to process it. But, we can say that we could never have imagined just how amazing the past 100 Days have been. We’ve talked a lot about how humbled we are by the graciousness and willingness of these, talented, genuine, brilliant designers and entrepreneurs to take the time to talk with us. We just want to reiterate, that it’s not just talk. We are truly thankful that they’ve been so amazingly open with their answers, and truly excited to be a part of Kern and Burn.

We also didn’t expect to build such an active community around Kern and Burn, one who keep us going everyday, keep us excited about what we’ve started, and has encouraged us that it is a real possibility to keep this thing going beyond today. That is a positive reinforcement to everything we have done so far. We can’t thank you guys enough for being here. Our readers make it all worth it, because we know that we have struck a chord within the design community (albeit not an entirely new one) just one that excites us and we think, excites you guys.

We had some idea of how we thought we could build Kern and Burn, but again, we just rolled with the waves of momentum, the moments where we really had no clue what we were doing, but went with them anyway, and the times when we thought, what in the world are we thinking?! (Like, planning the 100th Day to coincide with the day our thesis exhibition opens. We could have used a tiny cushion…but hey, it all worked out). If there’s one thing that we’ve learned, it’s that it is better to have a strong conviction for the values and larger aspirations of your project, and then just let things happen to you along the way.

We built Kern and Burn as a place to share what the stories of designers who do what we love. We had some goals, they were pretty simple:

To know and share what our generation of designers thinks.
To challenge the traditional role of graphic design.
To provide opportunities for others.
To start a business.
To make a book.
To better ourselves, our networks, and our futures.
To share our discoveries.
To inspire the design community.

To our surprise, we met, and exceeded our goals in ways that we could not have foreseen.

Thank you to our mentors, those at MICA, Ellen Lupton, Jennifer Cole Philips, Brockett Horne, Keetra Dean Dixon, our classmates and peers, and to design community for proving that there’s no other profession or group of people that we would rather be a part of. Thank you to all of our contributors, to those we have sent many emails back and forth with, to the Skype interviewees (special hat tip to you for having to look at our tired, disheveled grad school faces), and to those we’ve had the pleasure of meeting in person.

Today we are putting the final touches on our gallery exhibition. Check out a sneak peek below of our zine for the exhibition. We have exciting things to come on the site, in the book, and for Kern and Burn at large. But for now, we are taking a much needed-break. (We calculated that we’ve written close to 70,000 words. That is a whole lotta design inspiration. It makes us simultaneously happy and exhausted.) We’re going to step back from the content for a moment to get a broader perspective on how we got here, what we’ve done, and where we’re going. It’s been a great ride, but we’re just getting started. We’ll be in touch. Sign up for our mailing list and follow us on Twitter. In the meantime, keep Kerning and Burning.