Rymn Massand & Kai Zimmermann
As much we try to be objective about design challenges. our solutions are based on personal experiences and the things we love. Bringing a personal fingerprint to problem solving is the goal- however, this does not mean a style where everything looks the same. We have been working in New York, Paris and India for various clients, from global luxury conglomerates and multinational publishers to kitchen table entrepreneurs. Our approach is to make the designs meaningful and authentic, creating an impact by personal real-ness. If it does not have an idea it is boring- sometimes boring can work. Most times it does not.
We work in type, 3D, packaging, advertising, branding, illustrations, journalism — intentional and international “jack of all trades”.
We start many irrelevant projects to learn new things and travel often to encounter new people, this global village we design for cannot be understood by sitting in front of one’s computer. We are planning to show the work we do for money and the things we love and sometimes these things are the same.
Having grown up in India, Rymn completed her BA, Delhi University in English Literature before leaving (forever) for the US. Next degree; BFA, Center for Creative Studies.
Next Move: NYC! Started at Eric Baker as a junior designer, on to Spot Design as a Senior Designer, Little, Brown and Company as an Art Director and lastly Sony Music as an Art Director.
Started Rymn R Massand Design in 2001. Clients include: Random House; Miramax Films; Columbia Records; Nickelodeon; HarperCollins; MTV; Penguin Books; Simon & Schuster; Blue Note Records; HBO; Little, Brown and Company; Cartoon Network; New Line Cinema/Fine Line Features; Asia Society Museum; Bloomsbury Publishing; Chronicle Books; Doubleday; Hearst Publications; Museum of Modern Art; The Metropolitan Museum of Art; Paramount Pictures; Vintage Books.
Rymn just moved back from 6 years in Paris, where apart from working on design, she also represented illustrators for Illustration
Still juggling design, art direction, illustration agent-ing (for the European and Indian market) and writing for various publications, including Vogue India, CN traveller, and Elle magazine.
Design publications include Print, Creative Review, AIGA Annual, Type Directors Club Annual. Awards include 50 Books/50 Covers, Young Guns, Type Directors Club, Art Directors Club.
Kai was born in the black forest in Germany, and studied both for his Bachelor’s and Masters degree in the well known Art Academy in Stuttgart. Early experiences included working as a designer at Hard Werken Design in Rotterdam, and upon the “big” move to NYC as a senior designer at Eric Baker Design. The advertising world beckoned where Kai joined K+B as an art director. Kai formed his own studio called Monkey See Monkey do in 1999 and has worked for luxury global brands such as LVMH, Veuve Clicquot, Belvedere, Tanquerey, Grand Marnier, Coca Cola, Amex, along with designing book jackets for international publishers, illustrating for the NYT and other magazines, and creating his own typefaces.
His work has been featured in The TDC annual, Art directors club, Print magazine etc.
Having moved back from Paris a year ago, Monkey see Monkey Do has become MSMDNYC.
Kai’s work can be seen at: http://www.msmdnyc.com/
Thursday, October 25th
6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
TDC members free
Non members $20
Student Non members $15