Discovering Connections explores the rich history of Jackson County, Mississippi, from pre-history to the 20th century. It features information about the La Pointe-Krebs House (the oldest confirmed structure in the Mississippi River Valley), the building methods used in its construction, and the people who built and occupied it over the years. Kiyomi established branding and developed an exhibit design that brings the stories and people of Jackson County to life through bold graphics and bright colors. The exhibit, which opened in July 2016, occupies 900 square feet of a building built adjacent to the historic house in the 1980s. Kiyomi’s design incorporates the existing ceiling, linoleum flooring, and prefabricated modular walls. Wallcovering, graphic panels, custom object cases, and interactive elements were applied throughout the space to transform the multi-purpose building into a gallery. Kiyomi collaborated with Luckett Communications, which researched this history of Jackson County and developed the exhibit narrative.
Kiyomi is an award-winning creative studio based in Jackson, MS, dedicated to crafting outstanding books and exhibitions that provide meaningful and transformative experiences for its clients and their audiences. Founded in 2013 by Heidi Flynn Barnett and Robin C. Dietrick, Kiyomi provides design, editorial, curatorial, and project management services for publications and/or environments. Barnett and Dietrick have more than forty-five years of combined experience in communication design, publication design and production, and exhibition development.