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Poetic Research

Poetic research takes into account the factual with the formal, the universal with the outsider, the sacred, the mystical, the cerebral prophet and fool. Let it be lofty, let it magical and ancestral, let it be sensory, let it be funny with a divine kiss of queerness. It holds the space of a project searching for the details in archives, footnotes, and marginalia within the great force of history. Finding the tone of voice and incorporating form as a mode of thought—true, but it also just comes down to us wanting to make cool shit. Poetics unearth and amplify; remembers connections and lineages; grids, structures, and clarifies. It is not all woo woo, sometimes it asks how many words fit, what is a realistic timeline, or how to save money. Research guides Polymode and it’s clients in making with a question.

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Polymode

Polymode is a studio that creates poetic research-informed, design with clients in the cultural sphere, for innovative businesses, and community-based organizations. We merge a deeply collaborative process with a sophisticated sensibility that leads the edge of design. Specialities include: books, curation, education, exhibition, identities, interfaces, publications, visual design, workshops, and writing. We operate between the complexity of designed systems and the reality of human experience. Our projects are driven by core principles of visual expression, media adaptability, and typographic function. As a bi-coastal, LGBTQ+ and Minority owned studio with offices in Inglewood, California and Raleigh, North Carolina, Polymode inspires positive human inspiration to create social and sustainable impact.

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Art + Practice
Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO)
Baltimore Museum of Art (BMA)
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
David Kordansky Gallery
Hauser & Wirth
Hilary Clinton Campaign
Housing Works
Inglewood Open Studios (IOS)
Institute for Contemporary Art at Virginia Commonwealth University (ICA at VCU)
Mark Bradford
MoMA (Museum of Modern Art)
MOCA (Museum of Contemporary Art)
LAtech.org
Letterform Archive
Los Angeles Mayor’s Office
Lucia | Marquand
Ellen Lupton
Gregory R. Miller & Co.
New Museum
Orange County Museum of Art (OCMA)
Otis College of Art and Design
Phaidon Press
Phillips Collection
Phoenix House California
Princeton Architectural Press
Pulitzer Arts Foundation
Rice University
Studio Museum Harlem
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC-CH)
U.S. Department of States Bureau of Cultural Affairs
Venice Biennale 2017
Wynwood Arts District (Miami, FL)
Walker Art Center