We’re photographing new stuff to share with you but editing takes forever so for now enjoy the sneak peek of an anniversary medal we had the pleasure of designing with Dorota Terlecka (Biuro Kreacja) for the 50th anniversary of the Museum of Gdańsk. We’ll show you more soon and now back to editing!
Together with our paper-roll-heads let us wish you a wonderful new year, full of joy, amazement and fulfillment. May every day bring you new enthusiasm and more love.
The book by Jan Tymiński was published by the Naval Museum in Gdynia and describes the marine administration in the 1920s and 1930s in Gdynia’s port. We’ll be sharing more and more detailed photos of the book – and then we’ll tell you more about it – but for now please enjoy the sneak peek (editing these photos takes more time than it might seem).
Rezydent Hotel is located by the main promenade street of Sopot, a small, delightful town between Gdynia and Gdańsk, located by the sea and known for its touristy qualities, relaxed atmosphere (and high prices of housing). The hotel is visible immediately as you enter the street from the train station and it makes for a pleasant view. Recently we had the pleasure of designing its new logo.
The logo was inspired by two things: the strong tradition of art deco design that is characteristic of Sopot’s history and images inspired by the natural landscapes of the town: the beach with its sand and waves and waving grass. That’s why the lines of the R mark form a shape that is between geometric and organic.
The simplicity of the mark is intended so that it doesn’t overwhelm the design of the interior and instead complements its various stripes and lines.
All the images of the hotel courtesy of Nabucco.
We’re happy to share that the book From the City Hall to the Museum about the beginnings of the Museum of Gdańsk that we had the pleasure of designing (in the very stressful beginnings of the pandemic, too) was awarded distinction in the Most Beautiful Books of the Year competition, a yearly event organized by the Polish Association of Book Publishers to honor good design and print in book publishing.
You can see more of the book here.
The book we have a pleasure of sharing today is a first one in a series. We quite enjoy designing series because in addition to the challenge of shaping a new book, you have to think of other issues: will this really cool solution actually work in the next volume, especially if it happens to cover a rather different subject matter? And, a crucial question, how to make the series consistent but not too repetitive?
Anyways, this series, published by Zajezdnia History Center, consists of history books that gather academic essays on specific issues, mostly from the second half of the 20th century and relating to particular geographic locations. The first book talks about the countryside in the western and northern Poland after 1945: the difficulties it went through under the communist regime and how the economy and lifestyle of people changed.
The design of the book is a nod to modernist design which appeared in Poland in a somewhat different form than in Western Europe but was still a very strong visual language. The ornaments in the book, partly crop illustrations, partly geometric patterns (which you’re fully justified to read as fields), appear on the cover and at the beginnings of essays (and they were fun to create). The illustrative material included with the essays is mostly a bit dry and so goes well with the modernist style and the geometric typography. Part of the cover design is printed in green foil.
The next books in the series will retain the typography and the style but with different color schemes and, obviously, different ornamental themes.
Beginning of an essay about attempts to design a typical country dwelling.
Beginning of one of two big sections.
This 1945 poster tells people arriving to Lower Silesia not to waste time pointlessly wandering the town.
Yes, the produce is real.
We continue our work on the Working Girls series of illustrations. Today’s post is sponsored by the letter F. While this is a pretty straightforward idea, it took a while to decide upon the details and on how to incorporate the letter into the composition.
This week we have great news to share. Our design of the book Reports of the Society for the Reconstruction and Beautification of the Malbork Castle (this title!) has won two design awards: DNA Paris Award and Communication Arts Award! We are overjoyed about the news and we thank the Castle Museum of Malbork for trusting us.
You can see more photos of the book in the previous post or on our website.