Hi! My name is Kiah Kane and I am a communication designer.

I recently graduated from Emily Carr University of Art and Design, in Vancouver Canada, and studied for a semester at Istituto Europe di Design in Barcelona, Spain. My design practice is influenced by my passion for photography, industrial design, sculpture, and painting. My personal work focuses on the relationship between art and design and embracing chaotic processes.




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Awards:

Top 10 for the Young Talent Award, from the Rijks Museum Amsterdam.

Rijks Studio Award 



“Sculptural Hygiene” was my submission to the Rijks Museum Amsterdam, studio award. The brief utilizes their online gallery of museum pieces called the Rijks Studio. It invites creatives to remix there digital ized collection into something else. One offered outcome is the opportunity to sell your creation in the museum’s gift store. My creation was focused on the guests of the Rijks Museum and their desire to bring home something from their visit.
“Sculptural Hygiene” brings the Rijks Museums sculpture collection into the bathroom of its visitors, and their loved ones. The collection showcase a variety of different artists and styles, to represent a wide range of personalities and decorative styles.

This design includes a “sculptural stand” which is a scaled replica of the original sculpture. Then there is a toothbrush which is wrapped in a matching texture or pattern. The toothbrush sits in the matching stand, to create a seamless, new sculpture.

The project brings art into an often dull space and brings joy to an often dull chore.

My submission was selected as one of the top 10 remixes, for the young talent award. The winner will be announced in October 2020.

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TERHI SUANTO’s Lookbook Photography



Terhi Suanto is a dear friend of mine and a brilliant fashion and textile designer, from Finnland. We studied together at Instituto de Design Barcelona. For her final process book and lookbook, she hired me to help art direct and photograph her final two dresses.

It was quite an adventure finding the location for the shoot. We hiked up a mountain in Spain with two white dresses to find this beautiful terracotta cave. This location was a beautiful contrast to her white designs. She writes:

“Wave after wave women collection is inspired by Alvar Aalto’s design aesthetic. All the wave-like shapes in his designs inspired me to explore different wavy structures, object repetition, and striped textures.”

From her explanation of the collection, I researched Alvar Aalto’s designs and his inspirations.  Many of his architectural projects introduce waves and curves, especially to the walls and ceilings. These curves arch around the rooms, mimicking a cave, seen in the Church of Riola, Italy. I purposed we find a cave, and Terhi agreed. Here dresses and the model interacted with the cave’s natural forms, beautifully.

I photographed these on a 50mm digital camera, only using the natural light.

Our friend Daphné Couteille is a beautiful model.

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Fresh Sheet Cookbook



This book challenges the traditional photo and illustration cookbooks, by excluding these elements. It uses typography to express its message and personality.

The publication is printed on newsprint with a risograph printer, and coil bound. This gives the book a nostalgic quality when flipping through it.

The design is inspired by my Oma’s collection of cookbooks, which were straightforward, systematic, and fragile. From this inspiration, I added personality with my choice of typeface, Jaune. This typeface is cooky, playful, and slightly uncomfortable. Jaune started to influence my original designs and pushed for more unconventional chapter openers, and the use of transparency.

I see the final design as balancing the line between my Oma’s mass-produced recipe booklets, and a children’s coloring book. Hopefully giving the reader a playful experience through typography and clarity through the grided system.

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ANNI LÄMSÄ’s Lookbook Photography



Anni Lamsa is a Finnish fashion designer that I met during my studies in Barcelona. She is a brilliant athletic and accessory designer, who has an eye for creative proportions. I was hired to shoot her two final pieces for her editorial lookbook and process books.

On one of my walks through the streets Barcelona, I stumbled across Presó Model de Barcelona. It is a recently retired prison, after arguably being open for too long they closed due to the inhuman condition of the prison. It is a historical site built in 1887, with a very interesting history. She was looking for a really unique place to shoot these two looks, that was hard and imperfect. We decided Presó Model de Barcelona would be an interesting location to shoot a fashion lookbook. It was an amazing experience, especially because you are not allowed to take pictures. It was completed in less than an hour, adrenaline was pumping and we felt a bit like criminals ourselves.

My role was to direct and shoot the images and Anni was styling her pieces. We developed the narrative together, Anni, Daphne, and I.

Our friend Daphné Couteille is the beautiful model. I shot it on a 50mm digital camera and we used the natural sepia lighting of the prison.

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Airbnb Guest Package

 


This is a guest package tailored for a specific ecological Airbnb, in a dessert of California. It is a remote location that wants to provide it guests with some gifts from brands they support for their ethos. The packages contains a bottle of water, some tea, honey, a record, a granola bar, and a t-shirt. The gifts are wrapped in a handpainted cloth, that can be use throughout their stay as a bag, tableclothes or rag. The handpainted design on the wrap, maps out the items in the package, describes them, and mentions how to give each item a second purpose.

















Rise to Fall Tea Trio - I have designed labels for each container and a sleve to hold them. Inspired by the colors of the sky: yellow for the bright morning sky, pink for the afternoon light, and dark blue for the deep dark night sky. These sqaure containers can be used in numerous was after finnishing the product, including travel containers for their trip home. 



















Simply Carbonated Water - This brand is about being completely transparent about their ingredients. The design is inspired by transparency, with a double-sided back label. I created the bubble patter but blowing bubbles in a glass of water with ink in it, then laying a paper on to of the glass. It was a craft I did many times as a child. I scanned this pattern, adjusted the colors, and applied it to the backside of the posterior label. The brand is also proud of its factory and its warm homely environment. I decided on using this old-style glass bottle to reinforce this message. The glass bottle can be refilled and used for numerous things after its original product is used.
















Madonna Record Cover - This record cover it for Madonna’s single “Spotlight.” I created an interactive physical album cover that includes its very own spotlight. The album cover is back and has a transparent film on the front. The transparent layers is where the graphic is printed, and can only really be seen when you have the included spotlight. I created a paper “spotlight wand”  that can be inserted under the cover, to reveal an image and title. The beholder has control, moving it around as if a spotlight on a stage. I also designed the back cover and center album sticker.

 












Made Good Granola Bars - For this redesign, I wanted to explore more environmentally friendly materials. For food preservation reasons granola bars are often wrapped in the metallic plastic.  I decided to try preserving waxed paper and vegetable ink. The wrapping is covered in the brand’s ethos, the bar’s ingredients, and other necessary information. Made Good bars should be proud of their ingredients displaying them on the front, not in small print in the back. The wrapping is slightly transparent to help elude to the natural and proud qualities.