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Whimsical & informative designs of Modern Architecture’s most famous buildings, available in print packs & posters
Whimsical & informative designs of Modern Architecture’s most famous buildings, available in print packs & posters
289 backers pledged $11,258 to help bring this project to life.

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My name is Michie and I'm currently an Interaction Design grad student at the School of Visual Arts in New York. I’d like your help in creating Archigrams, a curated print series of famous modern architecture buildings!

What I find so fascinating about modern architecture is their simple, geometric forms and the themes and concepts that are embedded within them. As an architecture undergrad at UCLA, I studied all the iconic ones and have since become a big fan of them, like the Villa Savoye and the Glass House. But because they're so big and expensive, it's pretty impossible for me to own a piece of it.

What if you could collect your favorite architecture buildings in an elegant and artistic way?

In a quest to make architecture accessible to everyone, I illustrated some of the most well-known modern architectural icons and created Archigrams - unique print collectibles that you can actually keep and display in 5x7 print packs and 18x24 posters.

5x7 print pack
5x7 print pack
18x24 poster
18x24 poster

Archigrams consists of 10 designs, made to reflect the beautiful simplicity and whimsy of the building it highlights.  The buildings, all of which carry an architectural significance include:

  • Eames House by Ray and Charles Eames
  • Villa Savoye by Le Corbusier
  • Fallingwater by Frank Lloyd Wright
  • Gropius House by Walter Gropius
  • Farnsworth House by Mies Van Der Rohe
  • Glass House by Philip Johnson
  • 30 St. Mary Axe by Norman Foster
  • Niteroi Contemporary Art Museum by Oscar Niemeyer
  • Muller House by Adolf Loos
  • Schroeder House by Gerrit Rietveld

For those of you who don't know much about architecture, fear not! The back of every print in the 5x7 print pack comes with interesting information about the building highlighted, including the architect name, architect quote, date built and a brief description of why it’s so special. The last print will be a glossary page of related term definitions and visuals that you can reference as you read through the building descriptions.

5x7 Front: illustration of the building
5x7 Front: illustration of the building
5x7 Back: building information
5x7 Back: building information
5x7 print pack includes 10 illustration prints and 1 glossary print
5x7 print pack includes 10 illustration prints and 1 glossary print
5x7 glossary print page
5x7 glossary print page

Beautifully rendered and informative, Archigrams can be used in a variety of ways, depending on who you are! If you’re an architecture fan, you can hang them on your wall as collectibles or use them as reference. If you simply want to learn more about architecture, this is a quick and easy way to learn about the famous modern architecture buildings and architects that are out there. 

5x7 print pack as display!
5x7 print pack as display!

AS FEATURED ON

Informational Illustrations Educate the Design-clueless and Double as Beautiful Art Prints and Postcards - Co.Design

Brilliant Works of Architecture Made Easier to Understand (and Even Nicer to Look At) - Flavorwire

Archigrams: Making Architecture Accessible - Architect Magazine

"This makes it easy to learn about modern buildings and architects so at your next dinner party, you’ll be able to quote more than Ted Mosby." - Ciaoblue

Brilliant Simplified Architecture Prints - Shortlist

"Archigrams are a set of prints by Michie Cao that offer an educational experience wrapped up in a beautiful piece of art." - Trendhunter

Archigrams - Prints of Modern Design - Architects + Artisans

REWARD SPECIFICATIONS

As a pledger of any level, you'll get to contribute your favorite quotes of the architects featured!  I'll gather up a list of the ones you've chosen at the end of this campaign and select some to be featured on the back of the corresponding architect's card.  

Postcard Pack: Postcard prints will be printed by offset lithography from a local eco-friendly print shop on 130lb Cougar White cardstock with a matte finish. Dimensions are 5x7" and one full set will consist of 11 prints - 10 building illustrations and 1 glossary print.

 Posters: posters will be digitally printed by the same shop on high quality paper (to be determined) with a dimension of 18x24". 

DESIGNS

Gropius House
Gropius House
Eames House
Eames House
Fallingwater
Fallingwater
Farnsworth House
Farnsworth House
Glass House
Glass House
Niteroi Contemporary Art Museum
Niteroi Contemporary Art Museum
Schroeder House
Schroeder House
Villa Muller
Villa Muller
Villa Savoye
Villa Savoye
30 St. Mary Axe
30 St. Mary Axe

The prints above are just my prototypes, but I envision them to be the first of what could be many different Architecture-themed sets.  Please help by pledging or spreading the word - I would truly appreciate your support in making Archigrams a reality.

Thanks for reading and I hope you can join me on this exciting journey!

WHERE WILL YOUR MONEY GO?

The money I fundraise through this Kickstarter will go toward helping me tackle my two biggest production challenges of sourcing my designs to a local print shop and meeting their minimum order requirements.  I will be working closely with my printer to ensure that the color and quality of each print comes out to be the best version possible.   

Risks and challenges

The designs are ready to go, but I realize there can still be bumps along the way. With extra time built into my projected timeline, I'm confident Archigrams will arrive at your door on time despite unforeseen problems. Also, as I collect more community feedback on Archigrams, I hope to keep refining the design and content, so there may be slight changes to the final product (though rest assured, they will all be good ones).

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    ARCHIGRAMS FAN: Thanks so much for your support! You get exclusive backer updates as well as one surprise 5x7 print! Shipped to your door

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    INTERN SET: You'll get a surprise mix of five 5x7 prints! Packaged and shipped to your door.

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    DESIGNER SET: You'll get five 5x7 prints of your choice! Packaged and shipped to your door.

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    APPRENTICE SET: You'll get one full 5x7 print pack, which consists of all 10 prints and glossary page! Packaged and shipped to your door.

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    POSTER: You'll get one signed and numbered 18x24 poster of a building of your choice! Packaged and shipped to your door.

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    DRAFTSMAN SET: You'll get one full 5x7 print pack, which consists of 10 prints and 1 glossary page, and one 18x24 signed & numbered poster of a building of your choice. Packaged and shipped to your door.

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    ARCHITECT SET: You'll get the two full 5x7 print packs, which each consist of 10 prints and 1 glossary page, and two 18x24 signed and numbered posters of the buildings of your choice! Packaged and shipped to your door.

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    STARCHITECT SET: You'll get two full 5x7 print packs, which each consist of 10 prints and 1 glossary page, and 10 18x24 signed and numbered posters of every building. You will also get to choose another modern icon of your choice that isn't highlighted in this pack and get the first 5x7 and 18x24 print of it! Packaged and shipped to your door.

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