19.09.2011 carla duschka
1000 covers, 1000 pages (plus preface and index)
Brick-like in shape, but relatively light and almost the size of your hand, this is a book about Polish book design: more precisely, book covers from 1900 to 1999.
We know or at least have a fair idea about Polish graphic art, especially their posters; we know it was and still is one of the most important landmarks in the field. Legendary, even.

Well here's a simple and honest act of caring and appreciation for the much hard work that has gone into this tradition stretching back decades. It's the work of two young Polish graphic artists and book collectors, Aleksandra and Daniel Mizieliński. It exemplifies the fact that you can't ignore what's behind you, the labours of those who went before you; indeed, it provides a part of the foundations on which you base your profession.
While fully aware that this selection can never be more than subjective and incomplete, the authors say that through it you can trace the aesthetic trends of the past decades, saying of this tradition that it is "a treasure more valuable than gold and precious stones."

We can't tell you the place this book holds in Polish design literature, but it's a pleasure and interesting to turn its pages, the paper being pleasant to touch -- albeit the format can make opening it a bit awkward. Being sewn, however, it should last a fair while.
You can find out more about the book here.

And finally, some great news hot off the press: As of tomorrow, Wednesday 21st September, there'll be a comprehensive exhibition of Polish posters at the National Museum of Art. We can hardly wait to see it. This exhibition help us survive the winter!

Poland is on our side!









carla duschkaattended the graphic arts department at the University of Arts Bucharest and studied book design at the Weissensee Kunsthochschule Berlin. She works as a graphic designer at Atelierul de grafica Bucharest and is assistant lecturer at theUniversity of Arts. CD is co-founder of the GF project.
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alex

20.09.2011 la 14:07

Si cand o sa scoata Graphicfront-ul o carte asemanatoare cu coperte din Romania ? Sau macar o sectiune pe acest site... Daca nu faceti voi, n-are cine altcineva.

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ciprian

22.09.2011 la 11:03

- reply to alex -

Proiectul nostru editorial se aseaza in functie de cum decurge documentarea noastra dar si in functie de feedback-ul pe care il avem. Tirajul cartii de mai sus s-a epuizat, ceea ce ne da de inteles ca exista cerere pentru tipul asta de lucrari. E adevarat ca Polonia are ceva mai mult de spus in grafica decat multe alte tari. Pe de alta parte cred ca fiecare tara ar trebui sa aiba astfel de culegeri. Vom vedea cum decurg lucrurile. Anul trecut au existat demersuri asemanatoare in Romania, ceea ce e foarte bine. Poate ca e timpul unor carti de acest tip. Inainte sa dispara cartea cu totul...:)

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ovidiu hrin

31.10.2011 la 17:28

Na, de cartea asta chiar imi pare rau ca am pierdut-o! - faina faina faina!!!! Thnx C.


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