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).
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.
It’s my birthday and so we refuse to do a regular post. Instead please enjoy these random 35 awesome things.
This week marks the 20th anniversary of Sex and the City, one of the cult TV shows of the late 90s / early 2000s, which changed the way people talked about sex and female friendship on TV. As you might have noticed, we like celebrating shows that were important to us with posters and so we have designed a poster for the occasion. Since one of the more characteristic things about the show (and one which has aged a little better than others) was always fashion, particularly Carrie Bradshaw’s crazy outfits, we have focused the poster on Carrie’s classic (and less classic) looks, 69 of them.
We did a whole lot of research (both re-watching the show and looking at many, many lists of “best outfits on SATC”) and sketched more than 90 looks that seemed important, then trimming the list down a little (it was still a lot of dresses to draw). We generally focused on those clothes which were somehow connected with the storylines and so, to my chagrin, did not include almost any of my personal favorites: the lunch outfits, but instead recreated various combinations she wore when breaking up and reconnecting with her significant boyfriends and experiencing .
If you like the poster, you may buy it from bza.co.
And if you like the behind-the-scenes images, here’s what the research notes look like (we’re not those designers who make beautiful, print-ready sketches).
This year Experyment Science Center celebrates Children’s Day with sports activities – but as explained by physicists. It invites entire families to play sports and learn how they work from a scientific point of view, but also to meet sports players and compete in various activities.
We were asked to include the physics element in a fairly straightforward families-playing-sports illustration, which is exactly what we did. We added vectors to the sporty family and, a little point for the observant, their letters form the word “experyment.”