Print Control No. 8 – the latest on the thriving Polish print design scene: Print Control is an online platform and annual magazine for promoting Polish design through publishing, exhibitions, and cultural events. In these eight years we have been seeking out the best examples of graphic design and building a comprehensive collection of works.
The goal of this publication is to inspire other creative professionals to think critically about the function of Eastern European design and to explore how good graphic design in Poland has strengthened its presence dramatically over the past years, expanding from a widely deployed tool to a specialized profession. With the rise of innovation in publishing and distribution systems, designers are mobilizing the techniques and processes of design to create and publish visual media in a modern and independent way. At the same time, designers are becoming producers: authors, publishers, instigators, and entrepreneurs employing their creative skills as makers of content and shapers of experience, which highlights the increasingly entrepreneurial nature of designer-produced goods.
The intense fascination with Polish illustration is made evident in the 8th issue of Print Control. In addition to exploring numerous designs – many of which use illustration as a means of expression – the reader will also get to know some illustrators more personally. Ola Niepsuj discusses her professional and exacting approach to work and how she doesn’t shy away from paperwork, while Tomek Opaliński – a talented and hard-working graduate of the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw – explains how a simple composition can tell an emotional tale and fulfill various narratives. Jan Bajtlik (who has already made a name for himself as a children’s book creator) opens up about his success story, his collaboration with Hermes and how he transplanted his creativity onto French soil. Magdalena Pankiewicz , an illustrator who uses digital tools to impeccably create formal experiments while painting classic portraits, explains the ins and outs of fashion-related illustration, and Michał Loba will charm us with his sense of humor and skillful observation of everyday life – while telling us how he translates the situations he encounters into simple lines and color stains.
Publisher, concept, design: Magdalena Heliasz, co-published by the Adam Mickeiwicz Institute. With interviews by Mateusz Bzówka, Klara Czerniewska Andryszczyk, Romuald Demidenko, Agata Napiórska and Magdalena Roszkowska.