The officials of the city of Gdańsk decided a while ago to produce The Encyclopedia of Gdańsk, a huge compendium of all things relating to the city in a heavy-book format. We were involved in the initial design stages of the project, designing logo, layout and other materials.
The logo is a simple encircled monogram with a serif logotype. Its design had to enable the creation of various promo materials such as metal pins and bookmarks so the sign consists of one element that can be cut out.
Three versions of the cover were initially designed. The basic one is grid-based, with photographs depicting important Gdańsk-related people, places and events. The second cover is bound in canvas with a paper sticker representing Gdańsk’s crest. The third, over-the-top one is leather-bound, with golden lettering, gilded edges and ambitions to look like it came from a 19th-century bookcase.
Layout is traditional, three-column and grid-based like you would expect from any old encyclopedia. Simple and elegant, designed by our friend Asia Kurowska and polished a bit by us.
The design of book casing to look even more impressive on a bookshelf, should the buyer not cough up for the leather-bound version:
And the layout of the promotional website.
The Encyclopedia is way out of our hands now and we’re no more sure what the final result will look like than we know whether such a publication is at all needed in this day. Still, it was an ambitious challenge while it lasted.
* Gdańsk is not exactly where we live in these days.