Print Control is extensive review of the best of printed matter from Poland, released as an online database and an annual book publication. The paper version, published by txt publishing and the Adam Mickiewicz Institute, acts both as an archive of the latest achievements by Polish graphic designers and a critical review of its subject matter. Have a look at the snippets of Print Control's latest issue.
Matzevot for Everyday Use - Edgar Bąk
Matzevot for Everyday Use is an album by Łukasz Baksik, documenting the unusual, disturbing images of the remains of destroyed and abandoned Jewish cemeteries. During the Second World War, tombstones were used by German occupiers to pave courtyards of buildings, build roads and put up walls. After the war, Poles used Jewish tombstones to erect monuments, strengthen railway embankments and riverbanks. They built floors and curbs, and in Polish villages one finds hundreds of grindstones made from these funerary monuments. Yet the inscriptions in Hebrew remain. Edgar Bąk responded to the subject matter by creating an elegant, minimalistic design for the book of his photo project documenting this legacy of loss and misappropriation.
Cuckoo Clock - Beza Projekt
Cuckoo Clock by Beza Projekt is an unusual machine which, each day, a few minutes after 5 pm, plays a typical cuckoo sound, followed by the sound of printing. Finally, a small printed piece of paper appears with the slogan: "Why are you sitting here? The discoveries are waiting!”. The sound of printing acts as a signal to leave work and explore the world. Every day, a different call appears. The form of the clock, made of veneered plywood, allows you to hang it on the wall or place on the table.
Shadow Architecture - Noviki Studio
Shadow Architecture, written by Aleksandra Wasilkowska and designed by the Noviki Studio, is a book dealing with art and architecture, the informal economy, street commerce and its role in shaping cities. Economics influence both the architecture and the ethics of its creators. In its pursuit of profit, a city may seem to turn into columns in Excel, and when architects design buildings without thinking about operating costs, they can create monsters devouring institutions' budgets and bring them to a sad end. Alternative economies emerging in times of crisis, such as the time banking, the exchange of goods and services based on alternative currencies, and the burgeoning grey market will inevitably have an impact on both the shape of the architecture and future organization in our cities.
Be a Man, Read! - Jan Bajtlik
Be a Man, Read! is a poster series by Jan Bajtlik promoting readership, prepared in Lech Majewski’s studio at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw as Bajtlik's final degree project. The letter/animal's typographical base of this design finds its roots in Jadwiga Kozieradzka's book Dzieci Taty Abecadła / Children Dad Alphabet. The cycle found its continuation in other elements of Bajtlik’s thesis: a children's book about typography - Typogryzmol, and a series of typographic workshops for children.
French Psycho - Jakub Jezierski Pionty
Jakub Jezierski created this series of 18 postcards by drawing on the iPad. Postcard aesthetics correspond to the technical possibilities of simple graphics applications. As Jezierski admits in his interview for Print Control, he treats the iPad as an immensely useful tool for sketching anywhere and anytime, and at the same time thinks of the series created by using the device as an exposure of the agency of graphic tools themselves.
Łódź Design Festival - Ortografika
Ortografika designed the spirited, slick visual identity for the Łódź Design Festival 2012. The theme of the main programme was Awareness. It encompassed three exhibitions: The Future Is Stupid, prepared by Sven Ehmann, Ways of Seeing by Maria Jeglińska, and Who Are You? by Agnieszka Jacobson-Cielecka and Klara Czerniewska.
Selected Works - Honza Zamojski
Honza Zamojski, founder of Morava Books and co-founder of the Mundin publishing house, designed the layout of the album by Selected Works (Daniel Koniusz & Max Psuja). The album was released by Few Quiet People, a small label founded by Wojciech Krasowski. FQP is a space where music and design coalesce in a futuristic way.
Enfant Terrible – Fontarte and Ania Goszczyńska
Fontarte teamed with Ania Goszczyńska on the poster design for the exhibition of the latest phenomena in Polish poster design, held in Brussels. The works, selected by Zofia Machnicka and Magdalena Frankowska and Artur Frankowski of the Fontarte team, reflected the dialogue of contemporary creators with avant traditions of the Polish Poster School.
Luks Pomada - Temperówka
Luks Pomada is a brand offering the highest quality slow-food products. Luks Pomada rediscovers forgotten flavors and reinstates the well-known ones. Temperówka studio's graphic design emphasizes the natural origin of the products and reflects their good quality. The project includes the packaging, labels and point of sale.
TR Laszuk - Grzegorz Laszuk
The richly illustrated, bilingual book presents innovative designs by Grzegorz Laszuk for the avant-garde theatre TR Warszawa. His works, persisting on the border of an artbook form and individual artistic expression, come out as fully functional elements of corporate identity. The first posters created by Laszuk in the late 1990s acted as indicators of a completely new approach to graphic design - matching TR’s stage experiments, they contributed to an exceptional phenomenon on the Polish cultural scene. The book includes interviews with TR director Grzegorz Jarzyna and Agnieszka Tuszyńska, an interview with the designer Laszuk by theatre critic Roman Pawłowski, and a critical introduction situating the phenomenon of Laszuk's work in the context of the transformations in Polish design.
I Am the Sound - Grafixpol
Grafixpol created this visual identity for the International Festival of Music Producers Soundedit, taking place in Łódź. For four years, the organizers have continued to invite leading music producers and artists, and organize exceptional workshops and meetings. This project is an example of the duo’s faourite mode of working – the festival organizers chose to approach them as designers and creators at the same time, opening up to a power balance between the client and the producer that Grafixpol appreciate highly.
Maps - Aleksandra and Daniel Mizieliński / Hipopotam Studio
Maps is the brainchild of Aleksandra Mizielińska and Daniel Mizieliński, for which they conceived their own typefaces and illustrations. The book features 42 countries and 6 continents on 51 large maps - each accompanied by countless illustrations and trivia that will take young readers on a unique journey, leaving them eager to find out more.
Nowy Teatr - Filip Zagórski
Filip Zagórski’s poster design for the first two editions of the music-installation festival curated by Paweł Mykietyn and Wojtek Blecharz is but one of his collaborations with Nowy Teatr in Warsaw. Along with producing posters for other initiatives of the theatre, he co-founded the underground erotic zine Ruch together with the artist Wojtek Pustoła and writer Jaś Kapela.
Sources: Print Control no.2, culture.pl, ed. by AM, 3.10.2013