Joel Kern (JKDS)

︎ Environmental
︎ Identity
︎ Platform
︎ Media
︎ Index

This website contains the visual outcomes from the hybrid practice of Joel Kern. These works include in-progress and completed projects from various points in his career. Works included are from his tenure at Krewe, MTWTF, as well as freelance and self-authored works over the past 10 years. 

︎ Information


Client: Self-Authored
Collaborators: JKDS
Status: Ongoing
Year: 2016
Tags: Media

H/8 is an abstraction of a familiar board game that has been played for over 500 years. The book acts as a puzzle or code of sorts. As the audience engages with the book—page by page—it introduces more information based on the visual system established throughout the work. As the audience reads through the book more clues provide information into the system at play. The cryptic narrative and use of system throughout the book add depth and interest into an otherwise very familiar game.

Additionally, the abstracted formal qualities present themselves in a manner that singularly represent data in a more aesthetic quality. The forms represented in this experiment are derived from Josef Hartwig’s Bauhaus chess set made in 1921 and produced in 1923-1924.