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Polish Graphic Signs

MA diploma project, Academy of Fine Arts in Gdańsk.
134 pages / 210 x 254 mm

Plenty of graphic signs we have been observing so far or observed until very recently in the streets of Poland were brought into being in the mid-20th century. This publication deals with graphic designers active in this particular period. I present here fifty signs designed within the time span of fifty years by fifty designers such as: Stefan Bernaciński, Ryszard Bojar, Jerzy Cherka, Roman Duszek, Jan Hollender, Jarosław Jasiński, Emilia Nożko-Paprocka, Karol Śliwka, Leon Urbański, Tytus Walczak, Franciszek Winiarski and many more. Though their contribution into Polish design is invaluable, they were notoriously ignored and consigned to oblivion, whereas only the Polish School of Posters was connoted with the visual legacy of the Polish People’s Republic era.

This leads to my decision to talk with three masters of graphic signs, whose works have stamped their own imprint on Polish design as well as local landscape and are also recognized abroad. Short interviews with Karol Śliwka, Roman Duszek and Ryszard Bojar interchange with the pages presenting their works’ executions. All three of them (at times accompanied by associates) have created timeless trademarks for major Polish companies. Based on dozens of sketches, the analytical approach towards designing issues as well as tremendous professionalism determined that the applied solutions are invariably valid and we can learn from them a great deal

design: Patryk Hardziej
promoter: Adam Kamiński