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This summer Experyment Science Center is organizing a series of events for children to help them spend the time in an interesting and educational way. We designed promo materials for the event. The challenge lied in the fact that the offer consists of different, varied activities and we had to bring them all together. We decided to use the motif of a treasure map along which there are various spots marked with Xs, informing about what you can learn in Experyment in summer. These skills include setting bonfires, staying safe by the water, using a compass, making a pocket constellation, using first aid, predicting the weather and recognizing local plants. As you can plainly see, we illustrated these scout-like skills with simple illustrations which together create the path on the map. The rest of the available space is filled with trees and additional illustrations that complete the suggestion of the outdoors. We are happy with how we managed to make a unified whole out of a poster with so much contents, which is always  more difficult than just illustrating one short message.

The main design we created is the poster, which was later reformated to other media. In addition to that we also designed a small doube-sided leaflet which required a slightly different use of the graphics.

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Both sides of the leaflet.

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Details of the poster and the leaflet.

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It is the time of holiday traveling but this year we only travel with our finger on the map. So it is at least good to have a set of nice maps to do this and the one we want to share today is a book by Aleksandra and Daniel Mizielińscy, who (almost) literally drew the whole world.

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Maps is a large-format illustrated book for children (but also quite interesting for adults) and it’s full of, well, maps. Each chapter starts with a map of a continent and then shows maps of selected countries. For each country the map is covered with local animals, foods, clothes, customs and other surprises.

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The beauty of this book is in its scope and detail. You can spend quite a lot of time looking for things you missed before. Mizielińscy also design typography for their illustrations (you can even buy those fonts) so the typographic part of the book is carefully designed. All in all, if maps are your thing, you should give this book a try, at least to acknowledge the impressive effort. (Fair warning though: it is a bit eurocentric. But it still has a lot of material on the rest of the world so don’t be discouraged.)

Our version that we’re showing is in Polish but there are other translations out there: here is Amazon’s link to the English version and here is an activity book based on Maps (we don’t have this one though; but if you do, let us know if it’s good).

Great Britain. Europe is given a loving treatment but, well, we understand.

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Switzerland.

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Sweden and all the famous Swedes.

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France and examples of French fauna.

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Dutch painters.

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Japan.

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South America.

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Africa.

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Close-up on Egypt.

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Canada.

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And the US.

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With a bit of Mexico.

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And off to the cold areas.

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Which have huskies.

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Flags of the world’s countries.

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As it seems unlikely that we will be doing any more travelling this holiday season, instead we are remembering one of our previous trip, the one to London, with a charming book called, well, A Walk in London.

The book is by Salvatore Rubbino and includes spreads on all the well-known tourist attractions as viewed by a little tourist, the main character in the book.

We really like the illustration style of the book: on the one hand, it’s very light – it recalls the freshness of a child’s drawing (something many illustrators try to do). On the other hand, this is clearly not a child’s drawing: in its color scheme and page compositions it has the sophistication of an adult artist.

Title page. Thames is definitely the axis around which the book is built.

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A map, always an interesting design part of such books.

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The typography is a bit messy, which seems to be popular in children’s books these days. It doesn’t work for all books but here it adds to the liveliness of the spreads.

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We loved Tower of London! It’s such a cool place.

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And yes, there is a foldout with the panorama of the Thames bank and the multiple attractions one can find there.

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And the index (with its over-the-top typography).

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As long as we’re not doing any actual travelling, reading about it, especially in books which we can share with J, is the second best thing.

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Baltic Blue Biotechnology Alliance unites European institutions which provide opportunities for people and companies developing biotechnological solutions for the Baltic Sea. We designed their latest brochure, another in a series of publications for Berlin-based Submariner Network.

The brochure introduces all the partners in the Alliance, giving information about their status, location, operations and the kind of help they provide. We designed the layout to accommodate this varied information, allowing to pick the most important parts of it at a glance. Stylistic choices were determined by previous Submariner publications but this time we added bigger texts and even more kinds of infographics. On the cover again we used a pattern of varnished waves that are only visible at certain angles.

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The color scheme of sea blue, bright yellow green and vivid pink is one we suggested for the project while designing its first materials.

Title page with a wave ornament on the inside of the cover.

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Typical partner spread with information about the institution.

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Overview table.

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List of contents.

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Informative introduction.

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The Experyment Science Centre celebrated its big 10th anniversary at the beginning of this month. The Centre is a place where children – and, frankly, adults – can empirically learn about science: about physics, biology, human body etc. For the celebrations of the anniversary we designed a logo of sorts for the event and various promotional materials, including banners, flyers and others.

The key visual or the whole idea for the promotional materials was based on the number 10 whose “0” digit becomes a part of illustrations connected with both science projects and party celebrations. The main symbol is simply the “10” with the “X” from Experyment’s logo in the middle.

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“10 Years” on badges.

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Flyers for the events.

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One of the many ads.

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A banner on the Experyment building.

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We were also invited for a gala in the Centre where we were delighted to see that the work we did was used in a few surprising way, as you will see below. The gala was a lot of fun because not only did it include improv stand-up comedy but also all the machines in the Centre were working and the guests were roaming around them trying to create electricity or jump like a frog.

The scene with Gdynia’s president and the director of the Centre (photo by T. Kamiński).

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The guests who were leaving got chocolates with the logo on them: another use for it that we did not expect and were happy to find.

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Improv comedians on the scene (photo by T. Kamiński).

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This is the logo on the birthday cake (photo by T. Kamiński). It’s not very clear in the photo, but trust us, it was there in all its yellow-on-pink glory.

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Yes, we’re back. We came back in the middle of the mess our renovations are still causing and it was also the end of the semester, which meant grading, so yep, in short we missed an update – sorry! However, it’s time for the traditional round of “The Books We Bought While Away.” This time, though, it’s going to be a short round, guys.

Truth of the matter is, we bought exactly two books. (We saw a few other interesting things but we ended up ordering them on Amazon afterwards. We’ll share when they arrive.) The first one was the kind we always buy instead of postcards and other souvenirs: a pop-up illustrated panorama. You saw them before on our blog and here’s the Berlin edition:

Illustrations by Sarah McMenemy.

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One of the few attractions we actually managed to see (but not the most exciting one).

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We only saw Alexanderplatz through the train’s window.

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But we did get to walk through a huge part of the Tiergarten.

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And another book we bought was actually a gift for our son and it quite enchanted us. It’s a small picture book about a mouse and a hedgehog who live in a garden and grown different plants. It’s printed with water paints on eco-carton, which we condone wholeheartedly, and it’s a lot of fun.

The toys come from our home collection. J has a lot of hedgehogs because of his name and he really loves rodents so the characters in the book were already a good match.

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Our school German is virtually non-existent but it suffices to read this book.

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The paper is naturally gray so that white elements have to be printed onto it and it gives the book a pleasant, natural, a little old-fashioned feeling.

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And that’s it, not the most fruitful trip in this respect but we were spending a lot of time at the conference and the only exciting bookstore we found in the city was closed for a national holiday.

We wrote more about Typo Berlin here, should you be interested for some reason.