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Filmowa Stolica Lata (Summer Movie Capital) is a film festival that takes place in Warsaw every summer. Movies are played in the open air in various districts of the city. This year again we had the pleasure of creating the lead illustration for the festival and all the materials based on it. The only suggestion we got this year was to use exotic animals – and, of course, we were all for it.

We chose the tiger because the stripes can be easily turned into film reel and because it is such a beautiful animal. The illustration is inspired by old Chinese presentations of tigers but simplified and geometricized. The typography lightly references Chinese lettering.

One of the posters, with movie listing for one of the screenings.

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This year for its holiday program Experyment Science Center focuses on space travel and flying. We were asked to design a poster which would combine this theme with play and experiments. When we told them what we wanted to do, we were given three boxes of fun stuff: science toys, microscope parts, lab equipment, a model of the solar system. We also raided our son’s room for toys and then constructed a rocket of all those bits and pieces we chose.

Projects like this are awesome for reminding us that design is more than being stuck to the computer screen and can be fun in more than one way.

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The flashlights-as-rocket-engines might be our favorite part.

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Our website is finally up! Today’s post is more of the story of its creating than a collection of pictures but for those two interested people, here’s the story.

We commissioned our previous website a long time ago. A friend coded it and we were happy with it – but it was a terrible time to get a new website. Just about a year later or even less than that the internet changed completely. Gradually, but not that gradually, all the websites worth their pixels were becoming responsive (which made sense as more and more people browsed on their phones). Our website, however, wasn’t. It was stuck in a small rectangle. While this wasn’t a major issue at first, it soon became one, with the website looking minuscule on both large monitors and phones. We ignored this for a while but in – yep – 2014 we decided to make a new website. We wanted to use the opportunity to start showing some projects differently and we got down to it quite enthusiastically. In fact, we were so over the old website that we stopped updating it completely (the fact that it had a rather complicated updating system didn’t help to keep it current). However, it took us, as you math whizzes already figured out, five years to get the job done: Five years of having an online presence that slowly evolved from inaccurate to embarrassing. There were always more important (aka paying) things to do and then we had a kid and then another one and also sometimes we wanted to sleep. So the website was always there as one of those looming duties you never get down to. But finally we struck a deal with great front-end developers and after inevitable delays on both sides (ah, that sleeping thing; also, pregnancy) we managed to design the website, have it coded and then have it fixed with our innumerable, pain-in-the-ass remarks which our programmer took on like a champ. (Seriously, we’re still awed by his infinite patience and professionalism.) Now, the website is still far from finished. We only added a handful of projects so far. We still need to test more stuff. But it’s up and it’s no longer embarrassing and we’re really relieved.

If you skipped the previous paragraph, we don’t blame you at all. The important thing is: here’s the link to visit the website, enjoy.

Next stop: a new look for the blog. It’s getting urgent so expect it some time in 2024.

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This week’s post has to be delayed for a bunch of great reasons. One, we have all of us a nasty cold, thanks to J’s preschool experience. And I mean, nasty. I don’t know how people deal with those preschool viruses. And two, we’re rushing (despite the fever) to finish our new website which has been literally five years in the making and we want to have it live this week. It’s a ton of work but it’s quite satisfying. Enjoy the preview.

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(First of all, this post is so late – sorry about that. Our son is back to preschool and this means back to the onslaught of all sorts of cold viruses like you wouldn’t believe. But we’re powering through.)

A long time ago we started Project Doolittle: both a tribute to the Pixies’ great album and an experiment in tangible type. By the time we finished the project, that is designed all 15 covers for all the songs, it is (already a bit past) the 30th anniversary of the release of Doolittle so the project becomes even more of a celebration of this record.

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Each cover is a different attempt at tangible typography: letters made of various materials, crafted by hand, sometimes designed by us and sometimes based on existing typefaces. We didn’t mainly focus on the connection between the material and the song, going more for an impressionistic, poetic if you will, relation between them (though in some cases the connection is more obvious than in others). We wanted to experiment with 3D typography to see how much using actual, physical objects rather than a computer adds to typographic designs.

This project started as one of our very first forays into handmade type and in the period between its beginning and ending we managed to do quite a few such projects (including a PhD thesis) but we are happy that we chose to return to this series and finished it because it’s one of those string-free projects that are very fun to work at. Hope you enjoy it as well.

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May you have a wonderful Easter time
and may spring fill you with peace, joy and new energy.

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For this year’s card we decided to play with the motif of a Fabergé egg, made of paper. Both the fact that these eggs are heavily decorated and that they have a surprise inside made for a fun challenge (and, of course, the egg itself was a rather obvious choice for Easter). We searched the net a bit for an inspiration of how to make the egg itself and the rest almost designed itself (but it didn’t cut nor fold itself – that took bits of two days).

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And so we come to the final Project Doolittle cover, this one for possibly our favorite song from the album: “Debaser.”

The title is relatively short, which always allows for a more complicated (and in this case more expensive) material than the longer titles. In fact, we had some discussions about what to use for this one, one of us squeamishly opposed to meat typography. We’re not exactly vegetarian (yet, anyway) but we don’t like preparing meat ourselves and we wondered if this wouldn’t be too much to handle. However, in the end it proved, well, manageable (and a rather delicious dinner because we don’t like wasting food).

Fair warning: if you don’t like looking at close-ups of meat, you might want to skip some of the images.

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Back cover.

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So this ends “Project Doolittle”: despite a longish break between two halves of the project, in the end we managed to do all the covers. Next week we’ll show you all of them together, just in time to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the album’s release (we hope so anyway, because whenever we promise to do something on time, we tend to be late).