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We are very happy to let you know that the book Gardens of Gdańsk was selected as a finalist of the competition Good Design (Dobry Wzór). The book was designed for the Museum of Gdańsk.

Dobry Wzór is a Polish design competition interesting in that designers cannot submit their work. Rather, the jurors look for interesting designs among products available commercially on the Polish market and choose nominations from among them, focusing on those producs which provide the customers with good design value. So it was a big deal to us when the book was noticed and nominated for the competition and we are overjoyed now that it’s among the finalists. The book will also be seen shown in a post-competition exhibition later in Autumn.

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Recently we showed you the family of urban explorers designed to promote the city of Gdynia as a tourist destination. The family has now gained new incarnations and visited new sites of the city in the additional illustrations we created. They are lazing on the beach and staying active by the seaside.

And in the animations created by Esy-Floresy Studio, who invited as to this collaboration, the family explores much more! They see the modernist architecture, train and finally relax. You can see the animations on Esy-Floresy’s YT channel here (this is the first one).

Hope everyone is having a good, relaxing summer!

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This is the family on the beach by the center of the city. The fish monument is one of the characteristic sites of the city. In the background you can see the yacht harbor and one of the modernist buildings that create the landscape of Gdynia.

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Here the family relaxes in Orłowo, a pretty district by the sea, with two well-known attractions in the background: the cliff and the wooden pier.

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The Poor, the Sick, the Orphaned. Hospitals of Gdańsk from the Middle Ages till Modern Times is a book we designed for the Museum of Gdańsk. It describes the phenomenon of Gdańsk’s early hospitals, which date back to the Middle Ages and which started as religious charity ventures for people that had nowhere else to go. In fact, the first hospitals had surprisingly little to do with what we think of as hospitals today. The book accompanied an exhibition that we also designed and that was prepared by the historians of medicine.

The title of the book is printed on the cover with red shiny foil and throughout the book we used the original etchings and paintings that illustrated the history of Gdańsk’s hospitals in the exhibition so that it’s part collection of historical essays and part catalogue.

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The book Miasta skoszarowane (Cities as Military Barracks) by Jan Daniluk was published by the Museum of Gdańsk. This doctoral thesis describes the life in the cities of Gdańsk and Sopot during the Second World War when the German army stationed there and how this affected people’s life. A large part of the book focuses on the daily life under those difficult circumstances.

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Because of the subject matter we chose a strong visual language with some disconcerting elements. Everything is printed in black and vivid red, some elements are framed with thick broken frames symbolizing the oppresion of the period and many typographic elements are broken. We are grateful to the author (and quite impressed by him!) for his openness and trust in our ideas which led to an unusual historic book (and, of course, to the publisher for agreeing to all of this).

The cover with an archival photo. The broken frame is printed with black foil.

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The beginning of chapter three: a title spread and first pages.

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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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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.