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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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janeczko_0005A while ago we designed a CD packaging for a CD with five talks by a professor of mathematics from Warsaw. He talks about social and psychological phenomena, presenting them through mathematical formulas. Obviously, this was an instant and thrilling challenge to find motifs which are both mathematical and can illustrate the specific themes of the talks. We finally chose to base the illustrations on vectors (not as in vector graphics but as in mathematical vectors that look like arrows).

janeczko_0001janeczko_0006The project is called Faces of Science. To See the Invisible and the five talks are titled: 1. Life 2. Man 3. Ambitions 4. Relationships 5. Science. We came up with an icon/illustration including two arrows for each of them. The client also wanted us to draw the portrait of the professor, which we’re always happy to do, and as far as we know the professor enjoyed it. We chose lively, strongly contrasted colors, a circular composition and a dot grid for a scientific yet energetic effect.

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janeczko_0007The project was created for Podpunkt studio.

re-infobox-02This is a little job we did a while ago for InfoBox, which is an institution of Gdynia set up for the promotion of the city and for chronicling the changes happening (such as investments and urban development). We designed a T-shirt for the opening of InfoBox, illustrating their tagline “The Observatory of Changes.” We wanted the illustration to be simple and playful and to engage the element of the logo (we also designed the logo a longer while ago). The number of colors was limited by the printing technique but that was actually for the best. As Gdynia is located by the sea, seagulls are a common (and sometimes a little scary) sight here. (Seriously, seagulls are creepy.)

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re-strzelecki-05Ugh, late again, but please bear with us, this summer is very busy. Today untypically we wanted to share with you recent work, a poster for a competition organized by the Museum of Emigration in Gdynia that we’re rather happy with. The competition asks participants to, while traveling, find a cool Polish emigrant abroad and take a picture or make a movie about them. The tagline is “Man above Borders” and we decided to focus the illustration on this (and, I guess, on focus).

We were pleased to have a chance to do something out of paper and spent a good part of a Saturday cutting out the world and people popping out of it. And then we also spent a Tuesday on doing it all over again when the idea changed some. That’s fine, though, we’re easily amused, as I tend to repeat.

Orange is a brand color for the Museum, which allowed for the unusual color scheme (we tried blue, but orange won). We focused (there, I did it again) on details, too, like placing the Museum logo so that it’s exactly below the focus frame. And we even managed to add small illustrations. It’s always a lot of fun when a project leaves us enough freedom to try out more unusual solutions.

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Not exactly the making of, but bits and pieces of the poster:

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And the whole poster:

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re-model_city-02This year the Museum of Gdynia celebrated the Night of the Museums with a presentation of the city’s special brand of modernism. We had the pleasure of designing and illustrating an activity card for the participants. It gave us the rare joy of drawing buildings and playing with modernism-inspired typography. We showed you sketches when we were working on them but today we have the final product to share.

re-model_city-05The card is double-sided and folds into a map-like shape, with an actual map on the back. Each part presents one characteristic building and suggests tasks to work on, such as drawing, comparing facades or filling in a crossword puzzle.

re-model_city-06As you may imagine, we had a lot of fun with the buildings, and just as much with the illustrations of people in their old-fashioned outfits (Gdynia was built at the beginning of the 20th century and is rather proud of its relatively fresh legacy).

re-model_city-03 re-model_city-04These days Gdynia has a nicely modernized train station (it used to be pretty horrific a few years ago) and during renovations they discovered quite charming mosaics, which look something like this:

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Obviously, this was another part that we quite enjoyed illustrating.

re-model_city-07 re-model_city-01And the fun model of the building made of laser-engraved wooden board is courtesy of Architektura+ foundation, who were responsible for many aspects of the whole event.

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As more of dog persons we started a while ago our project on famous pets in 8 bit with dogs. But the time has come to pay tribute to famous felines. Though less numerous than dogs, the group includes many illustrious characters that grin, love lasagna, chase small creatures and are altogether loveable.

re-cats-8-bit-poster-holdingre-cats-8-bit-posterAll the cats are signed at the bottom of the poster and at the bottom of this post. You can also buy a print here and here, should you be so inclined.

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Here’s the list of the featured felines: 01 Catbert / Dilbert / cat 02 Tom / Tom & Jerry / cat 03 Heathcliff & Sonja / Heathcliff / cats 04 Felix / Felix the Cat / cat 05 Hello Kitty / Hello Kitty / cat 06 Puss in Boots / Puss in Boots / cat 07 Nyan Cat / YouTube / cat 08 Cowardly Lion / The Wizard of Oz / lion 09 Cheshire Cat / Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland / cat 10 Eek / Eek! The Cat / cat 11 Mr. Jinks / Pixie & Dixie / cat 12 Tigger / Winnie-the-Pooh / tiger 13 Garfield / Garfield / cat 14 Aslan / The Chronicles of Narnia / lion 15 Battle Cat (Cringer) / He-Man and the Masters of the Universe / tiger 16 Sylvester / Looney Tunes / cat 17 Pink Panther / The Pink Panther / pink panther 18 Hobbes / Calvin & Hobbes / tiger 19 The Cat / The Cat in the Hat / cat 20 Top Cat | Fancy-Fancy | Benny the Ball | Brain | Choo-Choo | Spook / Top Cat / cats 21 Mufasa & Simba / The Lion King / lions 22 Bagheera / The Jungle Book / black panther 23 Azrael / The Smurfs / cat 24 Figaro / Pinocchio / cat 25 Schrödinger’s cat / quantum physics / 50% alive cat

re-innercity-00A while ago we had a pleasure of designing a PhD publication analyzing the development of old districts in Gdańsk. This is a very technical study, full of maps, graphs and subject interviews – in other words, precisely the kind of challenge we enjoy designing.

We chose to work with a serif typeface, because it was less obvious than a sans-serif and because we felt it would make the technical subject matter more reader-friendly. Because of the budget constraints only some pages are full color. In a book so full of various kinds of data layout needs to  help organize it clearly. We used a broadened left margin for navigational purposes where all the chapter, figure, footer numbers etc. are aligned. Sometimes it took a bit of typesetting magic but in the end we feel it worked well.

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(Cover photo by the author.)

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As the format is relatively small, sometimes it took some ingenuity to fit all the data onto pages.

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Designing maps: a special kind of fun.

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