Recently we’ve designed a logo for the upcoming publishing series by Jewish Historical Institute. The series, called Jidyszland (ייִדישלאַנד / Yiddishland), will be popularizing the literary heritage of the Yiddish language. The mark combines the first letters of the name in Latin and Hebrew alphabets.
This was an exciting logo to work on because it gave us the opportunity to get familiar with a non-Latin alphabet – always a fun challenge – and to work with a purely letter-based sign.
We participated in the social media action raising money for charity that supports Polish health service during the pandemic. This is originally a rap challenge but trust me, you wouldn’t like to hear us rapping. Luckily, it also has a design version whose only requirements are to create artwork with “help” and “16” in it. Here’s the link for the charity if you want to support it.
Also, if we’re on the topic, we forgot to mention that we have an Instagram account so make sure to come by and say hi (if social media is your thing, anyway). We put some unique stuff there every now and then, together with occasional pictures of what’s going on with us. Here’s the link.
Stay healthy, stay generous, see you next week!
We spent the last week photographing some of the recent(ish) work because we’ve got a crazy backlog of unphotographed designs (we’re really bad at keeping up with this stuff…). Now we’re finishing editing some of those photos and we’ll be showing them to you in the coming weeks (and also adding them to the website, finally).
Today enjoy this sneak peek of a project we did for the Castle Museum in Malbork. It is a double-sided exhibition poster which, after folding, works as a dust jacket for the book published for the occasion. (If it’s not clear, it will become so once we show you the book itself.) The title in Latin means “Wisdom built a house for itself” as the exhibition showed the history of the Teutonic Order in its headquarters: Malbork. The poster is printed in silver and black. The exhibition identity and logo (the cool gothic S) by Maciej Bychowski.
Sorry for the short hiatus but we’ve had a few deadlines and we took a super short vacation: we spent a weekend in Warsaw. While there, we visited the Type Directors Club exhibition in the Polish-Japanese Academy. The show was really small (it’s held in a lecture room) but we found a few interesting typographic designs that we wanted to share.
Below: Menil Collection Identity by Kristen Chon.
Complexity and Simplicity by HDU23 from Mainland China. This was lavishly printed with silver on black, which the photo doesn’t show but which really made the poster (this and the strong, clear composition).
Pango by Osborne Shiwan. We always like the combination of type and stylish sports photography.
Julliard School identity (fictional) by Karlo Fuertes Francisco. Type that (almost) sounds.
This poster by Srishti Jain from Savannah College of Art and Design immediately drew attention.
And finally some strong-as-always type posters by Paula Scher for Shakespeare in the Park. This only seems to get better with time.
If you in the area, drop by the exhibition and see for yourselves; it’s a short but interesting stop.
Today it’s E’s birthday, so: Happy Birthday to Her!
A few months ago we finished a book for the Malbork Castle Museum.
The Malbork Castle is a world-famous heritage place, a 13th century castle built by the Teutonic Order (Malbork was then called Marienburg if that tells you more). It is a truly impressive historic monument well-worth visiting. The book is a scientific study of life in the castle at the time when the Teutonic Order lived there. It talks not only of politics and economy but also of minutiae of everyday functioning of this huge establishment.
The book’s design had to be sober not to distract from the academic content. Mainly, we had to make the information aesthetic and legible. We chose to use a golden-brown spot color for all the special texts in the book and for archival photographs which are printed in gold and black. The cover contains a golden-brown photo of the castle and the title is hotstamped in silver.
We will share more photos of the book later but for now they’re not properly edited so check back soon.
50 years ago in Woodstock a legendary music festival took place and some of the most exciting artists of the time performed. We always loved the music of the time and the very myth of Woodstock, with its celebration of love and peace and rock’n’roll, and we’re celebrating the anniversary with a poster.