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Christmas, am I right? It’s such fun time but it really leaves time for little else than Christmas-related stuff. As we spent the weekend shopping (I know! A whole week before time! we’re so organized this year), we have to replace the planned post with this preview. Since this is a big packaging project we did and there is a lot of exciting technical stuff to talk about, we decided to only show you one image and release the rest once we can talk more – and that will, in all likelihood, be after Christmas.

The short explanation is that we designed a series of packaging for gluten-free vegan dumplings for our friends at Atelier of Taste. There was a number of technical restraints so the design process was quite complex but it all comes down to this: did you know gluten-free dumplings without animal-derived products (which, you know, includes dairy) are actually very tasty? They are.

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6th of December is celebrated in Poland as Santa’s day (called Mikołajki): children get small presents and the countdown to Christmas really begins. Usually it also means various fun activities for children in school and outside of it. Experyment science center organized activities for children with Santa’s workshop as a theme and we were asked to create illustrations. Santa’s sleigh was suggested and we added elves working on the sleigh to make it more scientifically advanced.

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Since the activities included artistic tasks, the sleigh had to be filled with art supplies. We chose more or less Christmassy colors. Altogether Santa’s elves and science proved a fun mix to work on.

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Today’s poster was created for the Museum of Emigration in Gdynia and, like with our previous project for this client, we chose to use a map. The poster informs about a lecture on the history of Kashubian families in Jones Island, which gave us a good selection of motifs to choose from: the region in the USA and Kashubian ornaments (even though their history is convoluted, they’ve come to be quite representative of Kashubian culture). As we live close to Kashubian centers, we have known these graphic forms for years and we decided to play with them a little, creating our interpretation of their characteristic elements. Inscribing them into a Google map marker allowed as to combine the ornaments with the map.

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Some details:

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Today’s poster marks the beginning of our cooperation with Experyment: the science center of Gdynia, which aims to show children – and sometimes adults, too – that science can be both relevant and fun. While on regular days the center offers children a lot of entertaining activities in its interactive exhibition, on Halloween it offered a program for adults entitled “The Laboratory of Fear”, which included such things as molecular cuisine, lectures, the presentation of the Oculus Rift technology and some others.

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We decided upon an illustrated poster that would be in tune with other materials for the center but somewhat darker than those aimed at children. We played with the classic horror monsters but gave them a scientific (and cartoonish) twist. For colors we chose sombre purples mixed with pumpkin oranges and acid greens.

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It’s always a pleasure to create work for art-related events and this time we had the pleasure of working for the Center of Modern Art Łaźnia (which translates as “bathhouse”) in Gdańsk to design a poster for an exhibition When Is a Neighbor a Stranger? The exhibition examines the phenomenon of art in public spaces (that is art which is both a neighbor and a stranger, which I’m sure you’ve gotten already).

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The poster doubles as a folder so that one side can be used as a poster when unfolded and the other includes a more detailed information about particular events, with a map of where the exhibits are located within the city. We used the motif of a window slash a picture frame – together with the slash, which became a repeated graphic element. We had fun with the selection of colors, which are CMYK-inspired (or CMY, I guess) but with a twist. We also used the motif from the poster on an A6-size postcard.

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