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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.

jones-redesign-poster2The colors we chose call to mind both Kashubian ornaments and the American flag.

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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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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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