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.


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.





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:



One more in-progress image and, believe it or not, it’s for another poster than the one we shared last week. It’s scissors time here for now but soon we hope to share finished works and we hope they will be quite exciting.


A very little sneak peek at a project we’re working at. It’s a lot of fun, the (literally) hands-on kind of design but we’re running so late with it (about as late as we’ve run with this post – sorry). Have a great second half of the week.


For the second half of holidays we present a travel-related illustration project. Podróżowniki is a series of award-winning children books that introduce popular travel destinations through a mix of information and activities for kids. The books were designed by Podpunkt studio and we illustrated two of them: the guide to Croatia and to the Tatra and Pieniny Mountains in Poland.


Since the series was illustrated by several different illustrators, to keep a unified look we needed to follow guidelines: the illustrations are hand-drawn, a little sketchy and black-and-white (the bits of color that do appear were added later during typesetting).

The map of Croatia, with tourist destinations and basic information.


Animal names in Croatian.


The inner flaps of the covers have additional materials: a memo game with a selection of illustrations and a board game where you recreate your travels with pawns.



Sayings from the mountains and a calendar of local holidays (some of which include dancing).


A reminder not to scare animals in the wild.



Match ghosts with their dwellings (and other local attractions).



The things you eat in the mountains.


Hot therms to relax in (illustrations with a lot of details are the best fun to draw).


Marten, as the source of Croatian money.


Janosik, a folk hero.


I know we often say this, but this project was so much fun to work on! While research-heavy and fairly time-consuming, it was one of the most exciting (and relaxing at the same time) things we did in a while because when you draw actually using your hands, it’s a different kind of energy than the usual, computer-based work..


We were working on the proper post but then we spent most of Sunday acquainting our baby with a cat – to mutual fascination, awe and just a bit of distrust.

Specifically, we visited friends who have cats and J had his first chance ever to stalk a cat (well, at least in his view; in the view of the rest of the world the cat had all the control).

We promise this is and always will be a design blog not one where we talk about cutesy things children do but every now and then we will fail to deliver a proper post. That’s, these days, a given. However, we will always try to make up with a custom-made illustration, at least. Next week: the proper post.


The Center of Modern Art Łaźnia publishes a quarterly brochure with information about cultural events that it organizes. We designed the brochure for summer 2016, which will also serve as a template for future brochures.

The Center consists of two institutions working in two different locations, which the brochure should reflect. We were told to use yellow for Łaźnia 1 and blue for Łaźnia 2 so we chose two vivid Pantone colors to make the difference more striking. Throughout the brochure only these two colors are used with black.

The logo of the Center, which is a circle with arrows inside – a quite nice geometric construction – served as the source for the main ornament: diagonal lines meeting at straight angles. We introduce these on the cover together with the colors marking two buildings. The lines extend directly the lines of the logo. Inside in the margins of the brochure we repeat the pattern so that its color  indicates in which building an event will take place.


On the left-hand side Łaźnia 1 event and on the right-hand side Łaźnia 2.


For events that happen in entirely different locations we used alternating lines.


The right-hand column on each page describes events in English. For the yellow part of the brochure we used there a mix of black and yellow and for the blue part a mix of black and blue. This way we created two grays, one of them warm and one cool. The Polish text is always in black.



At the beginning there’s a schedule of all the events that we needed to squeeze into two pages so we had to skimp on the white space a little more than we’d like to. Inside the cover one can find information about Łaźnia and various series of events that it organizes: we placed it on a black background.




One more kind of fun we had with the project was glossy spot varnish that we used on the cover to add diagonal lines onto the yellow and blue rectangles. As we hoped, it turned out quite impressive.


The logo repeated on the back of the brochure.


Overall, this was the kind of job we always enjoy doing. It had some limitations: first of all, we needed to come up with something not overly complicated so that other people could use the same design for future brochures if need be. That also meant relying on free fonts. However, this kind of additional challenge usually structures work: it might be hardest to work without any limitations at all.