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Another week at home, another fill-in doodle from us. This time let’s (mentally) go to the park. The instructions are the same as last week: print the A4 design that you can download here and finish it any way you want.

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In the examples below we went with pretty traditional finishes (also because we did these while occupied, in a true doodling tradition) but you are welcome to go way more artsy and/or crazy with these.

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Stay safe, stay relaxed, stay at home – and, of course, share your work with us if you feel like it!

Hello after another crazy week (and by crazy we mean pretty regular, filled with work and childcare and also some fun). This time we managed to add something to the growing online help kit for those who don’t know what to do with their sudden increase in free time: we made you a doodle page.

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The internet is increasingly full of fun activities for children but we figure: why not do something for adults, too (or older children, at least)? It’s like those coloring pages for adults, only better, because you get to draw your own ornaments into shapes – or, you know, whatever else you want. It’s your art. So if you want to play, download a high-res image under the Dropbox link, print it with your regular printer and get to work: just fill it all in any way you can think of, anyway that’s relaxing and fun.

To get you started, we did our own versions of the filled-in doodle: we did it during two online gaming nights (because you speak and listen and don’t need your hands for anything so you may as well use them for art – or “art”). These are pretty regular doodles and we wish we had time to do something more crazy – like maybe a collage or a  painting – but that takes more focus. However, these ones the way we did them were very relaxing and that’s pretty much the point.

A black-and-white patterned version with a line pen:

redesign-stayathome-doodle-beach-filled1A ballpen version with some shading (that really took us back to college days):

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The black-and-white version colored by J (he’s not very patient when it comes to coloring):

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Also, if you want to share the results of your work, PLEASE DO! We’d be thrilled to see what you came up with! Stay safe, stay happy, we’ll be back with more.

 

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As promised last week, we are sharing with you one of our favorite designs of the last year: the book for the Castle Museum in Malbork, Sapientia Aedificavit Sibi Domum.

The book tells a story of the State of the Teutonic Order in Prussia in over a dozen scientific articles, both in Polish and in English. It accompanied a large exhibition organized by the Museum last year (exhibition design, elements of which we used for the book design, was created by Maciej Bychowski).

The book’s limited color scheme of black, white and silver is derived from the imagery of the Order, including the famous white coats with black crosses on the back that inspired our design of the dust jacket. When the dust jacket is unfolded, it doubles as a two-sided poster. On the silver cover the title is hotstamped in brighter silver and the exhibition logo is printed with spot varnish (only visible after removing the dust jacket). Inside we also used silver extensively, including in the photos and for title pages of the chapters. The proportions of the page are golden ratio. We allowed the elegant, classic typography to be the main design element in most of the pages.

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Dust jacket unfolded into a poster.

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Contents page.

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Title page for a Polish version of an article with two bookmarks visible.

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The beginning of an article.

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Silver photo on black.

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Title page of an English version of an article (silver on white).

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We loved working on this book and hope it shows in the design.

 

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We spent the last week photographing some of the recent(ish) work because we’ve got a crazy backlog of unphotographed designs (we’re really bad at keeping up with this stuff…). Now we’re finishing editing some of those photos and we’ll be showing them to you in the coming weeks (and also adding them to the website, finally).

Today enjoy this sneak peek of a project we did for the Castle Museum in Malbork. It is a double-sided exhibition poster which, after folding, works as a dust jacket for the book published for the occasion. (If it’s not clear, it will become so once we show you the book itself.) The title in Latin means “Wisdom built a house for itself” as the exhibition showed the history of the Teutonic Order in its headquarters: Malbork. The poster is printed in silver and black. The exhibition identity and logo (the cool gothic S) by Maciej Bychowski.

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Even though most of us are still a little bit sick, we had an intense weekend, which included cleaning, ornament making and, most importantly, card making. It’s so late in the season and the post office is sure to bring the print version to people some time for Easter but at least we’re doing it (and it’s fun). (Also, we mostly send it online so it will be on time.)

In this little preview of our process you can see us cutting elements of the card out (almost all of us – we don’t fully trust our one-year-old with sharp tools yet). Come back soon for the awesome (hopefully awesome?) finished version.

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And how far along are you with your seasonal preparations? It’s a mess, amirite?

 

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The latest annual report for the Museum of Gdańsk is being printed now and we still haven’t shared the previous one (because we’re not great at time-management these days and photographing projects is the last thing on our list, only followed by gardening, I guess). But today we’re correcting this oversight.

The 2017 annual report followed the design line we established the year before with the first report. Graphic ornaments are inspired by the new (then new) logo of the Museum with its pattern of crosses/pluses and the red and dark blue color scheme also comes from the identity so that the report is very much a visual product of the Museum.

It is illustrated with many photos of the events organized by the Museum, with old prints from its collections and with photos of the Museum’s very picturesque buildings. The cover has an etching of the old Town Hall in Gdańsk and a rather fancy ornament which is debossed in some places and hot-stamped with shiny blue foil in others, all of it printed on matte paper, very natural to the touch (unfoiled and unvarnished, which in some ways is the best way to print).

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The very first page (a half-title page without a title?) with a photo of one of the paintings in the Artus Court.

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Statistics.

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Annex about the Museum’s digital strategy.

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Soon(ish) we’ll share the latest volume.