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We participated in the social media action raising money for charity that supports Polish health service during the pandemic. This is originally a rap challenge but trust me, you wouldn’t like to hear us rapping. Luckily, it also has a design version whose only requirements are to create artwork with “help” and “16” in it. Here’s the link for the charity if you want to support it.

200517-redesign_studio-instagramAlso, if we’re on the topic, we forgot to mention that we have an Instagram account so make sure to come by and say hi (if social media is your thing, anyway). We put some unique stuff there every now and then, together with occasional pictures of what’s going on with us. Here’s the link.

 

Stay healthy, stay generous, see you next week!

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The book Miasta skoszarowane (Cities as Military Barracks) by Jan Daniluk was published by the Museum of Gdańsk. This doctoral thesis describes the life in the cities of Gdańsk and Sopot during the Second World War when the German army stationed there and how this affected people’s life. A large part of the book focuses on the daily life under those difficult circumstances.

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Because of the subject matter we chose a strong visual language with some disconcerting elements. Everything is printed in black and vivid red, some elements are framed with thick broken frames symbolizing the oppresion of the period and many typographic elements are broken. We are grateful to the author (and quite impressed by him!) for his openness and trust in our ideas which led to an unusual historic book (and, of course, to the publisher for agreeing to all of this).

The cover with an archival photo. The broken frame is printed with black foil.

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The beginning of chapter three: a title spread and first pages.

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Every now and then we like to share with you work of one of the favorite illustrators of our childhood, Jerzy Flisak. After books on manners we continue with one teaching youngsters How to Study. The book itself is an interesting study of the customs of a bygone era (it’s a couple of decades old) – personally we love this aspect of the old advice books, how they record the history of manners. But from the graphic point of view the illustrations are the most exciting part.

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Flisak was great at balancing: concision with detail, realism with humor. This is perhaps what we’ve always found the most charming part of his work. This book is full of lovely examples. (Note: the colors are added by us, originally the illustrations were printed in black.)

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Boy, do we have a treat for you today. (That is assuming you don’t know this one already; it’s by no means a new thing.) If all the staying at home left you with extra time, why not take up a marvelous graphic novel:

Locke & Key

What is it? A marvelous graphic novel! The comic was written by Joe Hill, illustrated by Gabriel Rodriguez and it consists of six volumes that tell a full, complete story and a few extras. It’s a story of the Locke family, their loss, their growth and, of course, their magical mansion.

Why we love it? Never since Sandman had we been so engrossed in the comic world: its atmosphere, mythology and brilliance. It made us feel all the feelings and truly fall in love with the characters. The story is wonderfully constructed, with no unnecessary additions. It rewards readers for paying attention but even those we don’t are sure to enjoy themselves.

Visually speaking, the art of Rodriguez, to be quite honest, took us a moment to get used to, especially when paired with the relative brutality of the first volume. But after a few issues we didn’t even remember what our problem with it was. He creates the world with such assurance and maestry. And his architectural background makes the Locke house a character in the story, and a very intriguing one.

(There’s also a Netflix adaptation of the comic but we haven’t seen it so far so we can’t say whether it’s as good.)

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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!