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  • "Symbol to logo" a Polish exhibition of graphic marks revived

    In the spring of 1969 “The First Polish Exhibition of Graphic Marks” took place in Warsaw. It was organised by the Association of Polish Artists and Designers and the Ministry of Culture and Art. The post-war achievements in the area of Polish trademarks were presented (from the years 1945–1969). The interview panel under the chairmanship of Stefan Bernaciński chose 335 signs which best described the specificity of the accomplishments in the field of design in those times. The best Polish graphic designers took part in the exhibition, among them: Ryszard Bojar, Jerzy Cherka, Roman Duszek, Jan Hollender, Jaroslaw Jasiński, Emilia Nożko-Paprocka, Karol Śliwka. A large number of presented signs stood the test of time, and some of them are still being used today. Since then there has been no attempt to comprehensively describe the condition of this branch of design.    

    The symbol of the exhibition was designed by Karol Śliwka in 1968. The project was selected in a closed competition. Its biggest advantage is that it combines the components of many other characters. It has a weight, and its roundness harmoniously corresponds to sharp elements. It is dualistic and coherent at the same time. It can be read as a reflection, a flash, a star, and for some it's just a twist. Small symbol with many meanings.  

    In 2014 at the Academy of Fine Arts in Gdansk Patryk Hardziej completed his diploma entitled "Polish Graphic Signs ", which took the form of a book devoted to Polish modernist graphic marks,that until now has not been widely known and described. In July 2014, Patryk Hardziej and Rene Wawrzkiewicz decided to reconstruct the historical exposition of 1969 and to organize, after nearly fifty years, the "Second Polish Exhibition of Graphic Marks". In total, 670 projects from 1945–1969 and 2000–2015 were on the exhibition. During 15 editions, the exhibition was presented in five countries

    A special edition of the exhibition "Symbol is Logo" was shown in Berlin in May and June 2017. In addition to the graphic marks from 1945–1969 and 2000–2015, the profiles of prominent Polish designers and graphic students were presented.

    View the full poject here 

    Find the Symbol to logo book available here 

    Credits:

    Visual identity & books design: Patryk Hardziej

    Gadgets design: Bartek Bojarczuk (Pan Tu Nie Stał)

    Exhibition design: Patryk Hardziej, Rene Wawrzkiewicz 

    Photography: Patryk Hardziej, Adrianna Zielińska, Tomasz Chądzyński, Grzegorz Pastuszak, Bartosz Stawiarski,

    Hanna Jakóbczyk, Dominika Śnieg, Aleksander Drożdżewski, Karakter, Pan Tu Nie Stał, J. Muszyński (PAP) 

    *Text and images taken from Patryk Hardziel and Rene Wawrzkiewicz's Behance accounts

     

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    08Sep
  • Buenaventura's versatile and agile visual system unfolds in layers

    "Pedro Salmerón. A life among scaffolding. This is the way you can summarize Salmerón’s professional career" say design studio Buenaventura. "This reputed Spanish architect, specializing in historical heritage, commissioned us with the development of a new brand for his architecture practice.

    The challenge was an important one. It demanded a visual identity able to accommodating the several aspects and types of work while adapting, at the same time, to the different pieces in a harmonious and coherent way. Furthermore, it should maintain and support Pedro’s leading and relevant figure in its field.

    We created a complete yet flexible visual system with a clear aim: achieving a consistent, elegant and graphically rich brand.

    For this reason, we built up an identity based upon several layers or levels, getting away from traditional static representations. The conceptualization starts from the usual elements present in the rehabilitation and restoration tasks, such as classic typographic resources, colors and materials related to the architectural world or the structure of scaffolding always present in this type of jobs.

    The result is a versatile and agile visual identity, which represents the essence of the study as well as allows a useful system of classification of works, projects and investigations."

    Buenaventura, are a graphic design studio based in Granada (Southern Spain) with focus on visual identity, packaging and editorial design since 1995. They believe in simplicity, harmony and honesty in design to unveil the true essence of any product, concept or brand they may work with.

    See the full project here

    Photography credits: Estudio Pedro Salmerón

    *Text and images taken from Buenaventura estudio's Behance account 

     

     

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    07Sep
  • Presenting Quim Marin's stunning poster collection for YEAH!

    Strong type and clear geometry define Quim Marin's work! His visuals are here to impress and help us focus on the beauty of clean typography. Using shapes and colors to enhance the message of the letterforms, the Barcelona-based designer and art director is a man of our times and he is not very happy about what we are obliged to see all around us. “In such a visually polluted environment I try to come up with fresh and memorable designs with a clear aim at essential beauty and equilibrium that, at the same time, will ensure communicative effectiveness” is his only statement on his personal site which proves that he is here for a reason. As he examines the graphic design trends of today, Marin refines them with strong geometric elements and his ever a clean typographic approach.

    Check out the entire project here

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    06Sep
  • Cosi Times is a human, genuine and imperfect display font

    Cosi Times is celebrating my love towards Typography. For this, I led the process turn into a joyful exertion: reimagining beautiful, warm, gentle & serene memories full of sanity – and bringing them to life in form of a modern, sleek and clear shaped Typeface.

    What came out is a suprisingly workable, uppercase display Font – crafted and kerned without a precise System, making it human, genuine and imperfect. 

    152 Glyphs – One Love. Exclusively available on my Website: nikolaswrobel.com

    *Text and images taken from Nikolas Wrobel Behance account 

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    05Sep
  • Dia Studio's heavy typographic identity system for A-trak

    We have been collaborating with Alain Macklovitch, DJ and record producer known as A-trak, since early 2016. We first created a typographic identity system as the foundation for all design. We are then able to create a range of unique artwork for his varying assets working within a set of parameters. From the more minimal expression of the brand seen in the website and tour flyers to a maximal expression illustrated in album covers and live show visuals.

    See the full project here

    *Text and images taken from DIA Studio's Behance account 

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    04Sep