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Almost exactly 50 years ago, on the 20th of July 1969, man first landed on the Moon. In the heat of the space race president John F. Kennedy declared that Americans would land on the Moon by the end of 1960s, and what do you know, they did*.

A giant rocket Saturn V was constructed, capable of carrying space ship Apollo 11 to the Moon. We are celebrating the 50th anniversary of this momentous moment with a poster illustrating Saturn V.

The poster is available in our store.

(* Some people might still disagree but we don’t hold with conspiracy theories and are all the happier for it.)

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On Saturday we took a day off and made a family trip to the local zoo in Gdańsk. The weather was just right and we had a great time. In the souvenir stand we found an interesting book that we’re sharing with you today: Planeta zoo (The Zoo Planet), which tells a bit of a history of zoological gardens and introduces various animals from Gdańsk’s zoo. The book tells interesting stories about the animals living in the zoo and will make our next trip so much more informed for our son, who will know the names of some of the animals. It is illustrated by Grażyna Rigall, whose watercolor illustrations have quite a lot of character and include funny little details.

We particularly like the zoo’s effort to publish a customized souvenir, which is thoughtful, informative and well-executed. Too often local tourist attractions don’t use the material they have to self-promote: their own exhibits and buildings. We would expect similar publications in each museum and fun spot. So many creative people could be hired for that and so many lovely objects could be made as a result.

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As we let you know last time, our latest thing is identifying local plants. Let us share some of the results we came up with so far. (And if you think this is an extremely lame way of spending our time, we hear you but we politely disagree. Plants are weird.)

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This was a long weekend here and we didn’t do a lot of work. Instead we borrowed a plant atlas from the library and we tried to identify local weeds in it to create a herbarium with our son(s). Sometimes it’s hard.

It is a lot of fun though and makes you pay more attention to the greenery around (also makes you realize how few plant names you know). Long ago in elementary school I had to do this as a big homework and that might have been the only homework that ever taught me anything. So yeah, highly recommended.

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Filmowa Stolica Lata (Summer Movie Capital) is a film festival that takes place in Warsaw every summer. Movies are played in the open air in various districts of the city. This year again we had the pleasure of creating the lead illustration for the festival and all the materials based on it. The only suggestion we got this year was to use exotic animals – and, of course, we were all for it.

We chose the tiger because the stripes can be easily turned into film reel and because it is such a beautiful animal. The illustration is inspired by old Chinese presentations of tigers but simplified and geometricized. The typography lightly references Chinese lettering.

One of the posters, with movie listing for one of the screenings.

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As our focus drifts now a little to babies (and as we did some huge bookshelf cleaning recently), we remembered one of the first artsy books that our son liked: ABC by Bruno Munari. Bruno Munari was quite a fascinating Italian artist and children’s books were just a small part of his wide artistic and scientific explorations – but it’s the one we’re most familiar with. ABC is a classic letters primer, which uses very elegant, high-contrast typography and lovely, slightly old-fashioned illustrations. While this might not be a book in which you find new tiny details during each re-reading, its very simplicity appeals to children and its high aesthetic level develops their sensitivity.

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This is one gorgeous onion.

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