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Since the beginning of December, and particularly since yesterday, St. Nicholas’ Day, we’re in a Christmas preparations mode. Well, as much as deadlines permit. It’s mostly a lot of cleaning but we also try to make handmade decorations with our kids and, to make it at least a little bit design-oriented, we have set a little challenge for ourselves. (This is the first challenge of this kind we’ve ever tried.) Since December 1st we’ve been posting one small Christmas image in our Instagram stories and we’re planning to keep it up till Christmas Eve. (Above: a scrap paper Santa for St. Nicholas’ Day; this was really a spontaneous collage that gave us the idea.)

“Day 2” image.
Yes, we baked ginger cookies yesterday and they are delicious, thanks to our friend Z’s recipe. We struggled a lot before with inferior recipes.
This is a rare case of unretouched photo of paper craft that we post so yeah, the edges are rarely sharp at this stage.

Come take a look (and say hi) if you’re interested, all images past and future to be seen here.

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May you have wonderful Christmas time and may it fill you with peace and joy!

Best Christmas wishes from re:design

(Also, we know we’re late this year but a combination of overwork and cold made these Christmas preparations intense and stressful and something had to give. Still, the wishes are a bit more intense for every hour they are late. XOXO!)

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Even though most of us are still a little bit sick, we had an intense weekend, which included cleaning, ornament making and, most importantly, card making. It’s so late in the season and the post office is sure to bring the print version to people some time for Easter but at least we’re doing it (and it’s fun). (Also, we mostly send it online so it will be on time.)

In this little preview of our process you can see us cutting elements of the card out (almost all of us – we don’t fully trust our one-year-old with sharp tools yet). Come back soon for the awesome (hopefully awesome?) finished version.

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And how far along are you with your seasonal preparations? It’s a mess, amirite?

 

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May you have a wonderful Easter time
and may spring fill you with peace, joy and new energy.

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For this year’s card we decided to play with the motif of a Fabergé egg, made of paper. Both the fact that these eggs are heavily decorated and that they have a surprise inside made for a fun challenge (and, of course, the egg itself was a rather obvious choice for Easter). We searched the net a bit for an inspiration of how to make the egg itself and the rest almost designed itself (but it didn’t cut nor fold itself – that took bits of two days).

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Last week we shared with you a book by Anouck Boisrobert and Louis Rigaud about the ocean. But the first time we encountered a book by these artists was In the Forest, their beautiful and sad story about deforestation (and, luckily, re-forestation). It uses very ingenious techniques of paper engineering to talk in simple ways about the destruction of forests, still ending on a hopeful note. While the ocean book is probably more cheerful, this one, we feel, works more strongly.

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(Also, as a not-irrelevant side note, consider not buying products with palm oil, if you feel the need to do something.)

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European Poet of Freedom is a poetry festival that takes place every two years in Gdańsk. It celebrates, as you might figure, European poets whose work focuses on, well, freedom and social concerns. We had the pleasure of designing the identity for this year’s event and various promo materials.

The festival has been using a rather nice logo, a black and yellow illustration of a broody poet looking at birds. Because it has become quite recognizable and because it offers fun elements to play with we opted to base the identity around the logo but to give its elements more life and dimension by using them as fragments of a paper composition.

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We inserted the poet and the birds into a cityscape suggestive of European cities, particularly Gdańsk with its characteristic tenant houses in the old town.

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The main image that we then adapted for various materials looked like in the poster above. We made the illustration more abstract and theatrical by adding threads for the birds and a frame that turns the whole scene into a picture. We wanted to create tension between symbols for freedom and for limitation. Initially we designed everything in black, yellow and white but added extra colors for the main promo materials, like the poster. We did keep the original color scheme for those materials that had a limited number of colors because of budget or production limitations, as in case of tote bags.

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The most complicated element of the identity is a brochure with the program of the festival. The interior had to be black and white so we didn’t use photos of paper compositions. Instead we only suggested them with similar shapes and typographic solutions.

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By the way, the festival took place this weekend and this year’s winner is Ana Blandiana from Romania so our congratulations to her.

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