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Another week at home, another fill-in doodle from us. This time let’s (mentally) go to the park. The instructions are the same as last week: print the A4 design that you can download here and finish it any way you want.

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In the examples below we went with pretty traditional finishes (also because we did these while occupied, in a true doodling tradition) but you are welcome to go way more artsy and/or crazy with these.

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Stay safe, stay relaxed, stay at home – and, of course, share your work with us if you feel like it!

Hello after another crazy week (and by crazy we mean pretty regular, filled with work and childcare and also some fun). This time we managed to add something to the growing online help kit for those who don’t know what to do with their sudden increase in free time: we made you a doodle page.

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The internet is increasingly full of fun activities for children but we figure: why not do something for adults, too (or older children, at least)? It’s like those coloring pages for adults, only better, because you get to draw your own ornaments into shapes – or, you know, whatever else you want. It’s your art. So if you want to play, download a high-res image under the Dropbox link, print it with your regular printer and get to work: just fill it all in any way you can think of, anyway that’s relaxing and fun.

To get you started, we did our own versions of the filled-in doodle: we did it during two online gaming nights (because you speak and listen and don’t need your hands for anything so you may as well use them for art – or “art”). These are pretty regular doodles and we wish we had time to do something more crazy – like maybe a collage or a  painting – but that takes more focus. However, these ones the way we did them were very relaxing and that’s pretty much the point.

A black-and-white patterned version with a line pen:

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The black-and-white version colored by J (he’s not very patient when it comes to coloring):

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Also, if you want to share the results of your work, PLEASE DO! We’d be thrilled to see what you came up with! Stay safe, stay happy, we’ll be back with more.

 

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How are you doing, guys? We’re fine, except when we stumble upon social media – so we basically don’t do it anymore (seriously, if you want to contact us, send us an email, not a Facebook message). We’re sitting at home, of course, but it’s nothing unusual for us (we barely notice, except we’ve moved our gaming night online). We wanted to give you some fun activities to do during house arrest but regular work got in the way so instead we searched our bookshelf for a book with something fun to do when sitting at home and voila! Let’s Bake by Clara Lindström and Annakarin Nyberg, illustrated by Katy Kimbell and Li Söderberg.

This cute book presents a number of recipes for simple sweets that can be made at home with children. The results are photographed but the ingredients and instructions are charmingly illustrated, which helps keep the kids interested and involved. Truth be told, we bought the book for its visual aspect and haven’t tried any of the recipes yet but maybe now’s a good opportunity.

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Hang in there, people, this too shall pass. Do something fun inside!

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Our recent library trip yielded yet again a lovely find: a book we’d already seen online but now had a chance to read. Eileen Gray: A House under the Sun is a graphic novel written by Charlotte Malterre-Barthes and illustrated by Zosia Dzierżawska. It tells the story of a modernist artist Eileen Gray, who was a designer, decorator and also an architect of a house in the south of France called E-1027. Her influence on modernist architecture was almost forgotten and now the memory is being rekindled. The story focuses on the building of the house but recreates other periods from Eileen’s history and teases her scandalous conflict with the much more famous Le Corbusier.

We are particularly impressed by the work Zosia Dzierżawska did on the comic. We have been fans of her simple, classic style and faultless coloring for a while, and they work particularly well in this nostalgic story. She expertly mixes moods, and gives us glimpses of Eileen’s life without the impression of ever trying to be voyeuristic. The emotions and personal relations feel real. The strong control of composition and the lack of affect compliment perfectly the subject matter of modernism.

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(Here‘s the house in question for reference.)

(Also, we heard Ms. Dzierżawska at a conference once and she seemed a perfectly lovely person so we’re happy her work is so good we can say only nice things about it.)

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As promised last week, we are sharing with you one of our favorite designs of the last year: the book for the Castle Museum in Malbork, Sapientia Aedificavit Sibi Domum.

The book tells a story of the State of the Teutonic Order in Prussia in over a dozen scientific articles, both in Polish and in English. It accompanied a large exhibition organized by the Museum last year (exhibition design, elements of which we used for the book design, was created by Maciej Bychowski).

The book’s limited color scheme of black, white and silver is derived from the imagery of the Order, including the famous white coats with black crosses on the back that inspired our design of the dust jacket. When the dust jacket is unfolded, it doubles as a two-sided poster. On the silver cover the title is hotstamped in brighter silver and the exhibition logo is printed with spot varnish (only visible after removing the dust jacket). Inside we also used silver extensively, including in the photos and for title pages of the chapters. The proportions of the page are golden ratio. We allowed the elegant, classic typography to be the main design element in most of the pages.

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Dust jacket unfolded into a poster.

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Contents page.

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Title page for a Polish version of an article with two bookmarks visible.

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The beginning of an article.

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Silver photo on black.

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Title page of an English version of an article (silver on white).

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We loved working on this book and hope it shows in the design.