Radosław Łukasiewicz, a graduate of the Graphics Department of Nicolas Copernicus University in Toruń, has been announced as the winner of a competition for a typeface inspired by the literary works of Wisława Szymborska. According to the jury, his typeface best conveys the spirit of the Nobel-winner’s poetry.
The aim of the contest was to select the typeface best matching the atmosphere of Wisława Szymborska’s poetry, “poetry as a response to life, a way of life, of the word-work as thought and responsibility,” – as the members of the Swedish Academy described Szymborska’s work when they awarded her the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1996.
The contest was aimed at young artists and art school graduates. Its laureate is to receive a cash prize of 10,000 PLN.
According to the organizers, the project has a valuable multidisciplinary and multicultural dimension. It popularizes typography as a graphic art and promotes Szymborska's work beyond the literary community – among artists, typographers and book designers.
The submitted projects were judged by an international jury that consisted of distinguished artists, designers and typographers, under the leadership of Ewa Satalecka.
This was the second contest of its kind. The first was held in 2011 and concerned a typeface inspired by the work of Czesław Miłosz. The winner was Frenchman Damien Collot.
The contest for the Szymborska typeface was organized by the City of Literature Foundation and the Wisława Szymbroska Foundation along with the Kraków Festival Office and the ZNACZY SIĘ New Art Foundation. The project was co-financed by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage.
Source: PAP, ed. szm, 24.11.2014