In 1970s Poland, Jacek Karpiński created a computer which could conduct a million operations per second and was small enough to fit into a briefcase. At a time when computers were not only slower but also comparable in size to cupboards, this was a remarkable accomplishment. Unfortunately, the communist regime blocked the device from going into production. Read more »about: Jacek Karpiński: The Computer Genius the Communists Couldn’t Stand
Is fashion your passion? The Łódź Young Fashion Award 2017 is a competition for young and up-and-coming designers from around the globe. The main theme of this year’s edition is ‘Emotions’. Enter your submission for a chance to present your collection in front of an international jury and a cash prize of 30,000 euros! Read more »about: The Łódź Young Fashion Award 2017 International Competition
Polish video games are thriving in global markets. However, browser games are a niche that usually goes overlooked. It turns out that there are a lot of interesting Polish developers out there who have made a name for themselves creating games full of adventures and puzzles. Read more »about: The Best Polish Browser Games
Must Have is the most important award in the field of design in Poland. Awarded by the Łódź Design Festival, every year it discovers and brings to light new names, brands and trends worth knowing. Here is a selection of some of the most interesting Must Haves of 2017. Read more »about: Must Have 2017 Winners Announced!
Genius can be celebrated or go unrecognised. The same goes for great design – sometimes it catches the world’s attention, and others, it doesn’t make it past the prototype phase. Call it chance, luck or fate, it’s just a fact of life. Here we take a look at some great Polish designs that never made it big, even though they really should have! Read more »about: 8 Polish Designs That Never Made It Big But Should Have
Cleverly recreating the pleasant feel of a paper book, Arta Tech’s two new e-readers were distinguished this year with the prestigious Red Dot award for their design and innovativeness. Read on to find out how these readers may finally give e-book enthusiasts the experience they have been waiting for. Read more »about: The E-Reader That Actually Feels Like a Book
A new designer toy from Poland for kids aged two and higher is the ultimate ‘learn through play’ musical instrument. Beautifully manufactured in wood, the barrel organ-like device employs an immensely intuitive system that lets anyone create music and grasp the basics of analogue coding at the same time. Read more »about: Musicon: How to Turn Your Child into a Full Band
The fifth edition of the Print Control yearbook shows a panorama of Polish graphic design in 2016. We chose just ten among hundreds of amazing posters, publications and visual identifications, that we found the most intriguing. The publishers are txt publishing and Culture.pl. Read more »about: Print Control no. 5: 10 Designs Worth Knowing
They have won international distinctions and won over the hearts of young readers all the way from China and South Korea to the U.S., Mexico and Australia. Culture.pl presents the biggest Polish hits on the international children’s book market. Read more »about: Polish Books for Kids in Translation
The Roundabout Baltic exhibition, curated by Agnieszka Jacobson-Cielecka, an art curator and critic, is a personal story about designing in the Baltics. Objects, created by designers from Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Lithuania, Latvia, Germany, Poland and Sweden are divided into six ‘chapters’, which correspond to the regions that we pass through from inland to the sea. Read more »about: A Short Guide to Design in the Baltics
Once just a tasty detail in the fantasy Witcher Saga by Polish writer Andrzej Sapkowski, now, the Gwint card game has evolved, through the stage of a mini-game within the Sapkowski-inspired role-playing video game The Witcher 3, into a full-on game in its own right. Its online version is currently being tested by Polish game developer CD Projekt Red. Read more »about: Gwent: The Most Postmodern Card Game Out There?
This year’s edition of the Global Game Jam drew a record number of participants, who took part from over 700 places around the globe. 10 Polish cities also held GGJ events, including Bydgoszcz, where contestants met for the third time at Kazimierz Wielki University. Read more »about: 48 Hours at the Global Game Jam in Bydgoszcz
The authors of The Witcher came across a typical problem for local products released onto an international market. How does one go about references to local culture or history? Should it be explained to the foreign consumer? Or should the creators leave it as it is and not worry about it being understood or not? Or maybe it should be cut out altogether? Read more »about: How The Witcher Plays with Polish Romanticism
What do Zaha Hadid and Polish design have in common? Where is Polish graphic design popular ? What do young Polish designers have to offer the international community? Here’s our guide to the most important Polish design events around the world in 2017. Read more »about: Polish Design Around the Globe 2017
The Warsaw-based Thing Trunk studio is creating video games that reimagine classic titles from the 1990s for contemporary tastes. Convinced that games have lost much of their old charm, the team want to bring it back, going against modern commercial trends but using the latest advancements. The first title in the series, Book of Demons, is already available online. Read more »about: The Polish Studio Serving Up Nostalgia Gaming for Busy People
Polish designers have broken yet more records. In the previous year, they were awarded with 15 ‘Design Oscars’ – Red Dot Awards – and 13 prestigious iF Design Awards, one of the most important design distinctions in the world. We’ve selected the 10 most interesting products which grabbed the public’s attention in 2016. Read more »about: 10 Highlights of Polish Design from 2016
Flying Wild Hog is the leading Polish indie studio that developed hit first-person shooter Shadow Warrior 2, a game currently being lauded by every video game connoisseur out there. Culture.pl spoke to two members of their team, Paweł Kowalewski and Tadeusz Zieliński, about the cultural and intertextual references within the game, and more... Read more »about: ‘Post-Post-Modern Gaming’? An Interview with Flying Wild Hog
As part of Free November, Wilanów Palace Museum, the Royal Castle in Warsaw, Wawel Royal Castle, and Royal Łazienki Museum have made their collections open to visitors free of charge for the duration of the month. Guests to Wawel Royal Castle will be able to see the most valuable painting in Polish collections, Lady with an Ermine by Leonardo da Vinci. Read more »about: Royal Residences in Poland: Free to Visit All November
Nowadays you can fabricate almost anything with a 3D-printer, from a functional gun to wearable clothes. As more and more avenues are explored, we take a look at five examples of how Poles are using this amazing technology to make highly creative stuff. Read more »about: Trend Watch: Creative 3D Printing in Poland
On Steam, you can make a living by tidying murder scenes, help out the distressed as an emergency line operator, or chop trees like a real lumberjack; you just need to install Serial Cleaner, 911 Operator or Timberman. These indie game titles are all available on the digital distribution platform, and they were all created by up-and-coming Polish game designers. Read more »about: 7 Dangerously Addictive Polish Indie Games Available on Steam
After a preview of the students’ work at Alchemia in Kraków on 21 and 22 July 2016, a full exhibition of the results of the 2016 Art Food workshop will take place at the Krakow Academy’s Schody gallery from 4 to 30 October. Meanwhile, over the last week of October, a different selection of works will be put on display at the David Weeks Studio gallery in New York. Read more »about: Art Food 2016 comes to New York
Lato has been one of the most consistently popular stars of the Google Fonts library for the last six years. What is the secret behind its success? And how was a font that ended up being used on millions of websites created? Read more »about: What Makes a Font Popular?
…Between Paris and Moscow, between the silhouettes of the West and the dies of the East, between dreams and poverty, war order and new systems, conformity and rebellion. For post-war fashion in Poland, the fight was just beginning. Read more »about: Fashion in Poland after World War II