Jan Estrada Osmycki was born in 1987 in Guadalajara, but chose Poland as his place of work and study. He designs posters and magazines, as well as visual identities for brands and cultural events.
Designs posters, magazines, as well as visual identities for brands and cultural events.
Osmycki studied painting at the Warsaw Academy of Fine Arts under the supervision of Jarosław Modzelewski. He deals mainly with commercial design, visual identities and posters. He has collaborated with the FUTU portal and Brief magazine. In addition, his portfolio includes designs for the fashion world.
In 2010, he developed the visual identity for the Edit 2010 exhibition, presenting well-designed magazines from around the world. Limiting the colours to orange and black, Estrada Osmycki played with typography, basing the entire composition on the bespoke typeface. The design for the children’s clothes network Ouou was executed in a similar colour scheme. The combination of minimalist typography and floral motifs rendered in watercolour brush strokes resulted in an interesting visual contrast.
Estrada Osmycki’s adventure with fashion took a step further. He collaborated with the brand Mozcau to create Justin lloveu’s collection. By using the motif of snowy woods and playing with typography, he created a modern but somewhat romantic fashion line. In his collage designs for Justin the artist used photos, turning cars upside down and laying out surreal clocks, while in the posters promoting the clothing line he combined pastel typography with black and white photos.
Visual identities for cultural events are also central to his work. He made a poster for an exhibition of Polish design shown in the Tokyo +48 Social Club. Combining silhouettes of iconic Polish pieces of furniture, and adding an outline of the indispensable palm tree, Estrada Osmycki recreated the climate of Polish café-bars from the 1950s and 1960s.
In turn, the cover for the Matat Professionals’ album makes reference to iconic characters known from Polish cartoons. Osmycki Estrada plays with them, telling a whole new story. He transformed Reksio into a graffiti artist with his mouth wrapped in a scarf, while Bolek and Lolek were turned into watchmen with bushy moustaches hurrying to catch a rebellious dog.
A similar play with tradition can be seen in the poster for a theatre show based on Moscow-Petushki by Yerofeyev. Osmycki Estrada chose the characteristic roofs of Orthodox churches as his main motif, making their decoration look less real, smoothing their lines and altering their normal shape. For the performance Good Evening, Mister Fogg he developed black and red compositions and focused on the graceful lines of a gramophone and a vinyl disc.
If you ask me, I have found my modest place somewhere between commercial, systematic and clear design, the visual arts, my own way of expression, and fun.
– says the artist about his work.
His works were included in the prestigious PrintControl publication which presents the best Polish graphic designers, and they have also been displayed around the world, from New York to Berlin.
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Source: natemat.pl, Author: Agata Morka, transl. Bozhana Nikolova, May 2015