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A while ago students from our school undertook an action of designing ideological posters against armaments. They invited anyone interested to join. We admired their effort and also we didn’t have a chance to design this kind of poster since maybe even our own school days and so we designed the poster we’re sharing with you today. Peace.

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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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One of our recent(ish) works for the Museum of Gdańsk was the design of a catalog and other materials for an exhibition of silver objects borrowed from the Wawel collection. The exhibition showed a selection of objects d’art displaying the mastery of old masters from Gdańsk. The catalog presents all the objects, prefaced by critical texts by the exhibition’s curators.

We chose to use silver spot color for the catalog (because how could we not). We opted for slightly old-fashioned typography offset by a simple sans serif. In fact, only the titular typeface with its fantastic decorative elements is one of few elements of the design that are not understated. We also designed an ornament inspired by an ornament on one of the exhibits and later geometricized.

For the cover we used a detail of one of the exhibits printed with spot silver, with silver hotstamping of the title directly on it.

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The silver ornament is used in different parts of the catalog.

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A silver spoon. All the exhibits got separate spreads with a full-page photo and a lot of specialized information, in addition to the regular description.

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A spread from one of the introductory essays.

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Introduction by the Museum’s Director.

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In addition to the catalog, we also designed other materials, including informative boards that told the story of some of the exhibits: their previous owners, how they were used etc. We kept the boards consistent with both the catalog and the suggestions of the designer of the exhibition.

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This comes a few days after St. Valentine’s but hopefully you are still in a romantic mood. This year Experyment Science Center chose magnets as the theme of their yearly evening for adults and we designed the poster and other materials. As previously, participants had a chance to look at love from a scientific point of view.

We continued the designs with the style we have already developed for this event but this year we had a chance to add a man to the illustration. In fact, we had to work on him a little bit because the first version was bearded and we decided we didn’t like that. In the end he seems younger and a bit more, well, science-oriented.

Poster design.

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Leaflet.

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It’s cold and white outside and so we’re sharing a winter-themed design this week. Experyment Science Center invited kids to spend the winter holidays there, learning about Antarctica. We used cool colors and sharp geometry with orange elements to warm things up slightly. Oh, and penguins, of course.

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This year Poland is celebrating the hundredth anniversary of independence, which it regained in 1918. The celebrations include many events in different cities and we designed an invitation for one of them, a scientific conference in Wrocław that inaugurates the celebrations there. The conference focuses on the people living in the outer regions of the reborn country and how they helped to shape it.

We designed a “100” logotype which is debossed into the cover and equally readable on the cover and on its other side, thanks to the shape of the digits. The whole invitation is kept minimalist, with silver spot color used on the outside and a text in black and red inside. The inside of the cover uses a quote by Ignacy Paderewski, a statesman and musician who serves as a patron of the conference.

Closed invitation, in silver.

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The inside of the cover, with Paderewski’s quote.

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Open invitation, with information on the conference and its program.

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January is the month when you change your calendar so we want to share the calendar we designed for the Museum of Gdańsk.

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The Museum consists of several departments, situated in some of the prettiest old buildings in Gdańsk. Each month shows a different department with a picture of the building on the one side and a detail, usually from the inside, on the other, so you can choose which picture you prefer on your wall for the given month. The dates are limited to an ornamental strip on the right so that the calendar is mostly decorative. On the last page you get information about all the departments.

The photos used in the calendar are by Dariusz Kula.

The cover uses an old etching of the city house and the Artus Court, both belonging to the museum.

The dominant color is navy blue from the new identity of the museum. We even got the binding in dark blue, which isn’t always as easy to do as it should be with some printing houses.

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