Today Poland, like a few other European countries, is celebrating the 100th anniversary of re-gaining independence in 1918. We were going to make a special post to celebrate this momentous occasion (we had an idea and everything) but life – literally – happened and we haven’t managed, which is a pity. So instead we’re sharing with you a design we made for local celebrations of this anniversary in Gdańsk.
It combines the words niepodległość (“independence”) with 100 so that the zeroes are also Os. The crown with two crosses is the symbol of Gdańsk and it’s placed symmetrically to the 100. The design uses gold with red and white, which are both the colors of Gdańsk and great colors for any Poland-related celebrations (red and white being the colors of the Polish flag).
“Gdańsk celebrations of the 100th anniversary of Polish independence.”
One of the coolest jobs we have done this year so far was the design of an exhibition and catalog “The Gardens of Gdańsk” for the Museum of Gdańsk. We have tons of photos but they’re unedited so they have to wait a while longer but today we wanted to share a sneak peek at the catalog. The cover has green hotstamping and a half-dust cover. Inside you can find a ton of garden-related images. More to come soon(ish).
Sorry if the posts are a little irregular for a while but we’re working on a new routine with a new baby in the house. We were going to prepare some posts in advance but, of course, we failed to do that because we suck at time management. Anyways, we should be readjusted really soon, they say it’s easier the second time around (for now they seem like liars, though).
We finally managed to photograph a book we designed earlier this year (others still await their turn because we suck at time management). The book, designed for the Museum of Gdańsk, describes in detail ship models that one can see in one of the Museum’s departments, the Artus Court: their built, history and more. The models are really something, by the way: big, colorful and quite impressive. Modern and historical photographs show all aspects of the ships, including their interesting exposition in the historical interior of the building.
The book is meant as the beginning of a new series so we needed to come up with design solutions that could be repeated in other books with very different themes. We chose to add a spot color, this time a vivid dark blue that appears on the cover and inside of the book, on some photographs and in the text. The cover also uses silver hotstamping for the title to make it shine more on the blue background.
The inside of the cover has a surprise for anyone who cares to open the flap.
A spread including a historical photo in blue.
And here’s the other flap. Our son loves uncovering the fish hiding underneath.
While this is a fairly simple book design, it gave us a lot of joy to work on – as books usually do.
You might remember a few weeks ago we shared our experience of visiting the exhibition of works by Karol Śliwka, a brilliant Polish modernist designer. Now, we’re not usually people who buy a lot of merchandise on such occasions (catalogs, sure) but this time one of the gadgets was a T-shirt with purple logos by Śliwka and we couldn’t resist.
The T-shirt is sold by Pan tu nie stał, a Polish clothing company whose products reference the time of the People’s Republic of Poland (not a great time in Polish history, strictly speaking, but full of things people feel nostalgic about). The company uses a lot of humor not just in their designs but also, as we discovered, in packaging and marketing materials.
Most of the jokes are fairly difficult to explain outside of Poland (all the elements of packaging reference slogans from old products, from work safety posters etc.) but you can still appreciate the design (modern) and attention paid to all the details. This is how the T-shirt is packed, into gray-paper envelope with well-designed graphic elements and old-fashioned slogans:
The back of the envelope.
And the T-shirt itself.