Sorry! We’re working on a special tribute piece but it’s taking a bit longer than planned (mostly because of a different project with a hands-on client involvement, renovations and our son’s cold). It will be up this week. Pinky promise, cross my heart!

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Every now and then our son goes through book phases when he gets very excited about looking through picture books. We’ve got a ton of those books but not all of them are great to look at. And so to celebrate J’s birthday we filled one of the not-so-pretty books with custom illustrations showing J and some of his toys.

It was a fairly quick side project but it was a lot of fun and it got a semi-appreciative audience because J was quite excited to recognize the toys he’s playing with in the pictures.

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From sketch to page. (A form of J’s name is a homophone with the Polish word for a hedgehog and so we have all sorts of toy hedgehogs at home.)

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An underwater page with various bath toys.

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Nothing is more fun than IKEA rats.

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Fun in the playground.

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Taking advantage of probably one of the last sunny, warm weekends of the year we went on another spontateous family trip to the zoo. It was quite a lovely afternoon and we enjoyed the sight of the animals – so much so that we decided to share with you some of the memories as illustrations of animals (rather than working on the originally planned post; nothing beats pictures of animals anyways, as is universally acknowledged).

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Last week we shared a bit of our identity for an event celebrating Andrzej Bobkowski. As promised, today comes the rest of the design, including the poster which was the base for other materials.

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This time it took us two attempts to get the design right: the first poster was not dynamic enough and didn’t include enough allusions to books. Pretty much all it had was biking and various places where Bobkowski lived. But when it got scraped we kept the paper biker (though a more dynamic one) and set him on an obstacle course built of books. The books also created space to place all the additional information (and as you can see there was quite a lot of it). We added diagonal elements parallel to the books to make the composition more integrated and more dynamic, and combined it with a simple, narrow letter.

Paper Bobkowski on his paper bike, scaling the world of literature.

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Once we had the poster we applied similar solutions to the design of the folder. At first, one side of the folder was supposed to repeat the poster but there was too much  text for that so both sides include descriptions of planned events (such as literary workshops and games for kids).

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The cover of the folder.

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Bobkowski’s archival photo.

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One of our latest projects is the identity for an event by the Museum of Emigration on Andrzej Bobkowski, a Polish migrant, writer and cyclist. We will show you all of the identity (probably) next week but today we’re starting with its most current element: the design of the city biking game that took place on Saturday.

Because Bobkowski was an avid cyclist who wrote passionately about biking, the Museum decided to get people involved in his life story through a game played on bikes. In four points in the city competitors could complete tasks related to Bobkowski’s art and life. We had to design posters with relevant information and sheets with various tasks.

All info posters for the game (with biographical facts and quotes).

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Origami instructions. Bobkowski moved to Guatemala and sold model planes so the contestants had to create their own (paper) planes.

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Various tasks on A4 sheets.

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A quote from Bobkowski’s writings.

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We spent Sunday afternoon in the zoo, where our son was excited to see kangaroos and crocodiles and other animals he’d only seen in his books (or, he was actually excited to see so many other children and mildly interested in all those animals). To keep the theme, today we’re sharing a children’s book To Be Like a Tiger illustrated by Emilia Dziubak.

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The book is told by a tiger who explains all the good things he does for various animals in the jungle: how he sneaks up on them to give them gifts or ask them to dance. It’s fun and light but, most of all, it’s quite delightful visually. The tiger is friendly and playful and the jungle truly luscious, with gorgeous colors and rich mixed-media details.

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On the weekend we had as many as two birthday celebrations – mine and our son’s – and even though we didn’t throw up any large parties, just really casual family gatherings, it still took up all of the weekend. (Oh, we also had a small gaming night yesterday after all the partying because that’s how we roll.)

In other words, exactly as promised for those weeks when we don’t take photos, please enjoy a mostly new illustration to commemorate these events.

And this is where we are today:

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