While we usually show you most current works, we still have a whole archive of things waiting to be photographed and when we manage to document one of those, we will be sharing them too. Today’s work is an annual report for GPEC, the biggest local supplier of gas. They chose sports as the theme of the report, particularly sports as it is practiced by the employers of the company and each chapter uses a different sports discipline as a metaphor. (The photos show a German version of the report but there is also a Polish and English one.)
The report in an envelope.
And out of it.
Now, sports is a pretty cool theme visually and we were glad to work with it. As the brand color is bright red, we used it as the lead color for the publication. We also had the pleasure of working with Futura, one of the typefaces we’re passionate about, because it is also a part of GPEC’s brand. As a lead motif we chose diagonal lines for their dynamic quality and because they combine well with infographics that we created. In addition to the graphics which illustrate facts about the company, we also drew illustrations of sports.
Infographics combined with illustration. Yep.
Each chapter starts with an intro spread illustrating its sport with a photo. The cover of the report has a round die-cut, showing a runner through it. This circle is concentric with another one cut in the brown-paper envelope that is printed with only one color and that offsets slightly the dominance of red in the design.
Title page with the runner showing.
Chapter intro spread.
Some people are not fans of designing annual reports because of their corporate character and because one needs to include a lot of data. But we always enjoy this kind of subject because if you know how, you can combine the strict structure with more expressive solutions.
We had the pleasure of designing a simple identity for a project of Integralia Foundation called doradza.my (which translates something like we.advise). The foundation aims to make it easier for disabled people to re-join the job market and this particular project does it by offering educational online meetings. The logo combines a speech bubble with a wi-fi symbol. Once the identity was ready, we designed some materials based on it, the most exciting of which is a notebook.
Because the identity uses purple and red the notebook is printed only with these two Pantone colors. Inside in addition to writing space the owner will find information about searching for a job, helpful hints and statistics.
As you might perhaps know we greatly enjoy designing infographics, graphs and such elements so this was quite a lot of fun but this project also meant that we got to focus more on production values than is often possible. Small color details of the notebook, together with the smooth, cream paper, make for an elegant, inviting feel. The bookmark, rubber band and thread are all red to offset the purple cover.
And the cover has red hotstamping, making for a minimalist look. By the way, we are fans of hotstamping but actually rarely have a chance to work with it.
So we were going to get back to Words Matter (and we will next week) but it turns out today’s post is 200th! We wanted to celebrate this fact with special infographics and take the time to thank everyone who’s been with us on this adventure so far. It’s thanks to your involvement that we find motivation to work on the blog, even on the days when we’d rather do something else. Like sleep.
For these statistics we looked through all 199 posts so far and counted many things. Possibly the numbers might be slightly inaccurate in a few places, you’re welcome to check them. We also noticed that we haven’t yet shown you some projects we planned to show so expect a few trips down the memory lane in the future, but mostly expect a lot of new stuff and once again thanks so much for reading us.
Also, it turns out Society6 helped us with a celebratory gift: this week they offer free shipping again so you can buy our posters and other stuff cheaper if you follow this link.
We spent so much time with the Friends posters that we’re finding it hard to move on to another project yet. Instead we chose to count various categories of the icons we used and here are the results:
As this week we celebrate Independence Day in Poland and this year something called 25 Years of Freedom, we thought this is a good occasion to show you a slightly older project, a book we designed for the Center of Solidarity in Gdańsk to commemorate the 30th anniversary of Solidarity. (Here’s Wikipedia about the Solidarity movement in Poland, should you feel the need to catch up on history.)
The book is a result of sociological studies about the awareness people have of the movement thirty years after its formation and of its political and historical impact. It includes a report full of quotations from various respondents and results in the form of graphs and tables (which, as you may already know, is something we generally like to design).
While inside we were limited to two colors (which in itself was quite an interesting challenge and an occasion to work with mixed inks), on the cover we decided to add silver, which gave the book a technical appearance. We used a dot grid and a technical monospace typeface to additionally emphasize the measuring aspect of the book. This grid, obviously, also organizes the layout inside.
The book includes a limited number of archive photographs, mostly showing the people of Solidarity or historical moments. We used them especially for chapter openings. Here Lech Wałęsa with Jerzy Popiełuszko.
Jacek Kuroń on the left, Tadeusz Gocłowski and Tadeusz Mazowiecki with Bronisław Geremek on the right.
The Pope John Paul II’s trip to Poland in 1979.
This might not be the most exciting part for many readers but it was certainly the most challenging one to design (at least once the layout was complete): all the ways to present statistical data.
The Submariner Compendium is a project we did for sPro from Berlin. It is a result of international studies of the sustainable use of the resources of the Baltic Sea sponsored by the EU. The publication is directed at European politicians who should be encouraged to promote such solutions for the future of the sea.
The studies were conducted by institutions from many EU countries, including Germany, Scandinavian countries and Poland. The Compendium is divided into chapters, each devoted to one kind of resource, such as mussels, microalgae, sustainable fish farming, blue biotechnology and others. The publication needed to be accessible but also well-organized and present the huge amount of data in an orderly way.
We decided to introduce color coding: each chapter has its lead color and the colors are arranged in a spectrum, which can be seen in the contents page. Additionally, the whole book uses a shade of cyan that is both vivid and sea-related. Also, each resource has an icon that is used for the infographics in the book.
Infographic illustrations were a very important element of the layout and required designing many icons, which, of course, was quite fun for us (especially if they involved animals). The book also required designing maps and graphs – the illustrative material was quite massive. To keep everything clean we used a two-column layout for the text with one-column narrower space for larger illustrations.
The cover also uses the symbols for the resources arranged in a wheel. The extra thrill came from using varnish to add a small wave ornament onto the cover that is only well visible from certain angles.
This was a huge and quite an ambitious project but it definitely gave us a lot of satisfaction to see it completed.
Today’s post is number
When we embarked upon this blogging… adventure? enterprise? it’s been both, but both words sound cheesy. Well, when we started blogging we never expected it to become so exciting and inspiring, mostly because we never expected to find so many exciting and inspiring readers. From something to try out, through a platform to share our work, blogging has become a necessity. Sometimes it has also been a reason to continue thinking of graphic design as creative, fun and meaningful when everyday work is nothing like that.
Most of all, thank you for your continuous support and interest: we appreciate every single visit, comment and like. And stick by because we have a lot of new fun stuff coming up in the next few months and beyond.
Awesome followers, let us add. Also, close-ups of the intro image:
Among other projects we are working on right now is a book that will teach basic ideas of economy to children. However, when we worked on the first layout and concept because of regrettable communication difficulties we were informed that the book is for ages 13-15 while in fact it will be for ages 10-12. This means that most of this project will join the Salon des Refusés and we may only share it with you, not with hordes of children starved for economic knowledge.
The idea was to organize spreads as infographics so that information would be visualized in a graphically simple, easily accessible manner. We used two inspirations additionally to tons of wonderful infographics we collect on our hard drives: Mr Gerd Arntz and FF Dingbats. If you don’t know Gerd Arntz and Isotype be sure to check them out because they were pioneers of our today’s visual language and lots of their work remains exciting and surprisingly current (while, interestingly, also smacks of its own time). And FF Dingbats is a useful dingbats font that we drew from to develop a module of human form.
And here are the drafts. The first spread is about proportions of workers to non-working groups of people and the other about costs of running a small business and the concept of profit.
Even though it’s disappointing we won’t get to work on the project, at least the language is universal enough and we hope to use it as a starting point for some future design.