by Noah Armstrong
Eleven years ago Jeff Kleinsmith and Jesse LeDoux left Sub Pop Records' art department and formed Patent Pending Industries, designing posters that channel the analog days of graphic design, a time when hand-drawn illustrations were the norm. The highly influential duo—who "met while whizzing tomatoes at oncoming trucks"—has since created an immense portfolio of work, blending computer-based design with hand-drawn illustrations to create the unique imagery and typography featured on hundreds of posters for numerous bands.
The upcoming retrospective "11/100 Patent Pending Industries 1999 - 2010" celebrates their long history of design and printmaking, displaying nearly all of their works in their entirety at Seattle's Design Commission Gallery.
Opening 5 August 2010, the show runs through 1 October 2010.