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.
Print Control is an annually published yearbook which showcases the best polish graphic designs of the previous year. The first edition came out in 2011. The fifth edition presents numerous examples of posters, publications, visual identification, as well as interviews with leading Polish designers. The theme of Print Control no. 5 is participatory design.
Twardowski’s Album designed by Edgar Bąk
When We Are Astronauts, the third album by Twardowski was initially supposed to be an alternative soundtrack for a science fiction movie – the first drafts of pieces were created to illustrate specific scenes from the movie. What he ultimately created is an impression on childhood dreams of becoming an astronaut, filtered through a film of 1980s nostalgia and tacky science fiction movies. The Gatefold-type cover, designed by Edgar Bąk, includes fluorescent details.
ATypI Typography Congress Posters designed by Edgar Bąk
This series of posters was created by Edgar Bąk for the famous ATypI Typography Congress – a promised land for everyone interested in text as a medium for the exchange content and communication. The 60th edition of the conference returned to Poland after 40 years, this time under the motto of ‘Convergence’. As Andrzej Tomaszewski wrote in Acta Poligraphica magazine, ATypI unites font designers, typographers, producers and distributors of media and computer programming used in typography. ATypI’s main goal is the professional and academic training of typographers and graphic designers.
In 2016, the congress took place in Warsaw thanks to the efforts of students and alumni of the Polish-Japanese Academy of Information Technology as well as Prof. Ewa Satalecka and Prof. Artur Frankowski – the Polish ATypI delegates.
The City and The Forest exhibition and workshop graphic design by Małgorzata Gurowska
The City and The Forest is a series of exhibitions and workshops, the objective of which is to promote environmental protection and eco-friendly attitudes as well as to draw attention to wild animals which live in big cities. The first exhibition took place during the Design March festival in Reykjavik. The graphic design is the work of Małgorzata Gurowska.
Polish Exhibitions of Graphic Symbols catalogue designed by Patryk Hardziej
The catalogue is an overview of the works of Polish artists on graphic symbols. It is divided into two parts: the first being iconic designs from 1945 – 1969 (such as the logos of CNP – the Polish oil refinery and petrol retailer, and Moda Polska – a national fashion enterprise), the second – contemporary designs from 2000 – 2015. The book was designed by Patryk Hardziej.
Graphic design and gadgets for Chata Wędrowca by Malwina Konopacka
Malwina Konopacka is the author of the graphic design and gadgets for Chata Wędrowca – a restaurant in Wetlina, a village situated in the vicinity of the picturesque Bieszczady National Park in south-eastern Poland.
A book of Warsaw legends designed by Wojciech Pawliński
Warsaw Legends. An Anthology is a six-hundred page long, beautifully illustrated publication designed by Wojciech Pawliński, featuring texts from the mid-19th century to today. The publisher writes:
The book shares the legendary tales of Warsaw, linking them to the contemporary topography of the city. This way, the book sheds new light on places, events and people attributed from the past.
Zofia Chomętowska album designed by Anna Piwowar
The archives of Zofia Chomętowska’s photography consists of photographs of Warsaw from before, during and after World War II, as well as those from her native Polesie (a region in eastern Poland) and her exile in Argentina. The book, assembled by the owners of the archives – the Museum of Warsaw and Archaeology of Photography Foundation – is the first complete biography of Chomętowska – a photographer and an independent, brave and modern woman. The album designed by Anna Piwowar includes over 600 photos in 4 separate albums: Entuzjastka (1912–1935) (editor’s translation: The Enthusiast), Profesjonalistka (1936––1944), (editor’s translation:The Professional), Dokumentalistka (1945) (editor’s translation: The Documentary Photographer), Emigrantka (1946–1981) (editor’s translation: The Emigrant), which present the artist’s work in a constantly changing political reality.
A map of Warsaw from 1939 designed by Anna Piwowar
The Map of the Capital City of Warsaw published by Książnica–Atlas in 1939 is the second publication from the critically acclaimed Maps of Warsaw series, which aims to present the history of Warsaw’s growth and changing urban landscape. The Museum of Warsaw states:
The Map of Warsaw 1939 – designed by Anna Piwowar – reinvents the myth of pre-war Warsaw and shows an alternative vision of how the city could look, were it not for World War II.
Zagrywki memory games designed by Magda Stadnik and Kasia Walentynowicz
The Zagrywki memory games designed by Magda Stadnik and Kasia Walentynowicz come as an alternative for run-of-the-mill games. Each card is beautifully illustrated and shares fun facts from the animal world.
New edition of Strzemiński’s Theory of Seeing designed by Waldemar Węgrzyn
60 years after the first edition of Władysław Strzemiński’s Theory of Seeing, the Museum of Art in Łódź is reissuing the publication edited by Prof. Iwona Luba. It is the first critical look at one of the most important theoretical works in the history of Polish modernism. It is also the first time it is accompanied by the text Wizje Impresjonistów (editor’s translation: Impressionists’ Vision) as well as colour reproductions of Strzemiński’s works. The book was designed by Waldemar Węgrzyn.
Sources: printcontrol.pl, culture.pl; compiled by AS, Mar 2017, translated by WF, Mar 2017