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Wielka Majówka (1981) movie poster

Contributed by Florian Hardwig on Apr 21st, 2022. Artwork published in .
    Wielka Majówka (1981) movie poster
    Source: polishposter.com Polish Poster Gallery. License: All Rights Reserved.

    Maria ‘Mucha’ Ihnatowicz is a Polish poster designer, illustrator and graphic artist. Born in 1937 in Brześć, she studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw in the class of Henryk Tomaszewski.

    In 1981, Ihnatowicz designed the poster for Wielka Majówka (The Big Picnic), a comedy directed by Krzysztof Rogulski. For the title, integrated into the rainbow, she used Domino (Mecanorma, 1972). Apparently it was technically easier – or aesthetically more appropriate – to draw the letters by hand than to make direct use of the dry transfer typeface by enlarging it photographically. While most letterforms closely follow the original design by J.C. and M. Demarchi, with small adjustments to the weight and width, Ó got a custom Pac-Man-like kreska accent, and K a new, much plainer design. Maybe Ihnatowicz didn’t like the look of this glyph, or it wasn’t included in the template she was working from.

    Most of the small print is in Hermes-Grotesk, which was a common choice in Polish poster design and also known as Blok, and two widths of Univers.

    See more of Maria Ihnatowicz’s poster designs at Projekt 26 and Polish Poster Gallery.

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    • Domino (Mecanorma)
    • Hermes-Grotesk
    • Univers

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