From Gdańsk to the Beach

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As the summer season is slowly approaching, we’re sharing today a very summery book we designed last year for the Museum of Gdańsk. It is a catalog for an exhibition showing postcards and photographs of beaches in Gdańsk before 1939: some of them still exist while others no longer serve as recreational beaches. The catalog included most of the photos shown on the exhibition but we could present them in any way we wanted.

The visual material was very rich and quite exciting once you really delved into it (all the old swimwear!) but in its mass seemed a bit monotonous so we decided to make it more modern. We created a sunny, cheerful color palette to color the photographs and added illustrative, geometric elements: stripes, waves, birds etc.

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On  the cover we used varnished stripes on an old photo that the Museum wanted to use. The stripes – inspired by old swimsuits – are the main visual motif organizing the entire layout, including its geometry.

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Beginning of a chapter.

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Page numbering close-up.

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Sometimes we chose fragments of photographs to use.

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While the sheer amount of photographs to edit made it an intense publication to work on, we’re very happy with the final results.

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2 comments
  1. What a wonderful publication. I can see why you’re so happy with the final results. I especially like your colouring of the images and the clever little geometric wave-birds (bird waves?).

    • Thank you! It was our favorite work of last year, I think.

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