COŚ ŁADNEGO

Date: September 2021

Client: Coś Ładnego

Role: design

Photography: the Client

About the Project

Coś Ładnego, a small business selling high quality handmade jewelry, asked me to refresh their branding in a way that would better reflect the most important features of their products.

Having the words “unique”, “elegant”, “modern” and “top quality” in mind, I designed a new logotype. a package of templates to use across the social media (the company’s main web presence is on Facebook) and other branding components, including portable displays (jewelry fairs are the main outlet for the company).

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Date: August 2021

Client: Dorota Stradowska

Role: design, website developmet

Photography: the Client & pixabay

URL: www.stradowska-grooming.pl

About the Project

I was asked by Dorota, who is one of the top dog groomers and grooming instructors in Poland, to design her new website and a package of banner and post designs to use across her social media. The goal was to create refreshed, professional and consistent web presence for Dorota’s business, preferably in her favorite colors. I also was asked to incorporate the Modula gallery for Wordpress in the design, as it is was already known to Dorota.

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Date: 2018, 2021

Client: Pets Creations

Role: design

Photography: the Client & pixabay

About the Project

Pets Creations is a small business delivering personalized handmade products for dog breeders and owners. Over the years I have done a number of designs for some of those products, but here I present the designs that have been done for Pets Creations itself.
First, in 2018, I was asked to design business cards, packaging and some promotional gadgets, and in 2021 I designed a package of editable templates for social media graphics.

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Date: February 2021

Client: personal project

Role: design

About the Project

This is a project that I really enjoyed working on. It was inspired by the flashy and splashy creativity posters that FB was showing to me far too often – since my understanding of creativity goes far beyond the splashes of wild colors, I challenged myself to design an alternative poster. My goal was to illustrate the broader meaning of creativity, but also show that color and decorative font are not everything and that simple things can also be creative.
Like usually, I started with a black and white design, and later I did a few versions with colors. Just to show, that the possibilities are endless and the design can be seen as an invitation to further creative pursuits. 

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Date: 2019/2020

Client: Alwaro, Bez i Agrest, Casa del Cane, Abidream, Mirasol Polonia

Role: design, illustration

About the Project

This is not just one project but a few examples of  logo marks that I designed.  I have chosen only kennel logos for here, and I have done so on purpose: kennel logos often are less about trends than the company ones, and more about stories behind them. I want to share how I see the stories.

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This logo was designed for a Little Lion Dog kennel. The logo was to represent the elegance of those unusual dogs, and do so in a minimalistic way.

This is a logo that I designed for a very small kennel, where the dog (just one) is first of all a loved family member. I thought it a good idea to use the profiles of the dog and the owner’s daughter to illustrate the human-canine bond.

The only requirement from the client was that the logo should depict certain breeds. The idea for the design came quite naturally from the kennel’s name: Dog House

The owner of Abidream kennel is very emotional about her dogs, and she asked me for a logo that would reflect that in some, preferably dreamy, way. 

This might be the most decorative piece of design I have ever done, but once I’ve seen the name, the Art Nouveau Villa Mirasol came to my mind, and I just couldn’t get it out of there. I sketched an Art Nouveau inspired design just for fun, with dog head silhouettes where there normally would be flowers, and then I thought why not? The client liked the idea, and so the logo stayed.

Date: ongoing

Client: personal projects

Role: photography, design

About the Project

Photography has been my passion ever since remember, but it became serious after I took some courses in photography at the university. Those were still the analogue times, so next to the shooting there were the hours spent in a darkroom and the excitement about what was going to come out from the pictures…
Things became much easier and less complicated with the digital cameras, but luckily it still is me in control of what to shoot and how. And the time that I don’t spend on developing photographs in a darkroom, I can spend on playing with them in Photoshop, putting together moodboards and collages.

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Date: 2020

Client: personal project

Role: design, illustration

About the Project

Have I already mentioned that I’m quite crazy about dogs? And that I am totally not crazy about cute dog-related gadgets (or any cute anything-related anything)?
This project started because I wanted a not-cute golden retriever poster for myself, and I ended up with a lot of posters of many breeds, both in English and Polish. And then the other gadgets followed.

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Date: ongoing

Client: personal projects

Role: design, lettering

About the Project

Typography intrigues me.
I see letters and words as images that also happen to spell something. Typography is a great tool that can empower a written message, as it is no longer just text. The choice of fonts, their size and arrangement, can totally change the way the message is perceived.
I like to play with letters and words, and below you can see a few examples of the results.

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Date: October 2016

Client: Fundacja Pomocy Goldenom Aurea

Role: design, art direction

About the Project

This is the second calendar I designed for a non-profit organization Aurea that helps golden retrievers in need. The Aurea people accepted my slightly more artistic and slightly less commercial approach: I wanted to tell a story of a golden’s life, and keep it in a nostalgic mood that would suit the chosen motto by Carolyn Alexander: Dog ownership is like a rainbow. Puppies are the joy at one end. Old dogs are the treasure at the other.

I used photography by photographers who are also golden retriever breeders: Nina Kowalska and Łukasz Czembor.

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Jewelry design competition by Royal Stone

Date: July 2016

Role: jewelry design, jewelry creation, presentation design, photography

Prize: 1st Prize Winner

About the Project

This project was done for a jewelry design competition in which I took part because the theme felt both intriguing and challenging – right away I knew I wanted my design to go far beyond using just geometrical shapes and forms.

The bracelet I designed for the competition is pure geometry: it is shaped as a sphere which is considered the ideal form, the elements it is built from are placed symmetrically and according to the Fibonacci sequence that determines the number of gray polymer clay elements separating the golden brass ones.

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Jewelry design competition by Royal Stone and the Museum of Independence

Date: October 2015

Role: jewelry design, jewelry creation, presentation design, photography

Prize: 1st Prize Winner

About the Project

This was the first jewelry design competition that I took part in – and I did so because its theme (Independence) seemed like a great invitation to creating something more than just jewelry.
My approach was to create an object shaped as a necklace that would provoke questions and discussions rather than be worn (even though, in fact, it is quite comfortable).
The necklace is a puzzle – the embellishments on the beads are in fact references to certain events from Polish history. It could be graphically coded dates, music notation, or other symbols – sometimes quite obvious, and sometimes requiring more effort put into finding the right connections.

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Date: September 2015

Client: Mayak Art House

Role: art direction, design

About the Project

Working for Mayak Art House I designed visual materials for many art projects and exhibitions, and “Szklane Makatki” (Glass Tapestries) was one of them. I designed posters, flyers, brochures, invitations etc. – all of them inspired by the unique character of the artwork on display. This was one of the very few occasions when I did not use the typical for the gallery black and white color scheme – I wanted the designs to reflect the soft and etheric feel of the (inspired by woven fabric)  white glass objects by Justyna Żak.

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Date: August 2014

Client: Mayak Art House

Role: art direction, design

Photography: contributing artists

About the Project

For a polymer clay art festival at Mayak Art House I designed a set of posters, flyers, brochures and gallery labels

Working on this project was a great pleasure and fun, and it was the first event for which I did not follow the black and white color scheme of the gallery. But it couldn’t be any other way, as polymer clay art is all about color. 
At that time polymer clay was quite a new medium in Poland, and usually it was perceived as cheap and trashy. The goal here was to present the polymer clay objects – mostly jewelry – in a way that would offset their elegance, uniqueness and beauty.
The pieces on display were so varied and decorative, that I decided to keep the layouts and typography very simple, to let the original art shine as much as possible. 

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Date: January 2013

Client: MAYAK Art House

Role: art direction, design

About the Project

For a small contemporary art gallery (of which I was a co-owner) I designed and maintained the brand identity, I also managed all art projects from start to finish – and that involved both planning the events and designing the visual materials needed: posters, flyers, labels etc.
I present examples of designs done for some of the events somewhere else, and here you can see parts of the website I designed as well as some of the branding assets. The idea for those was to keep them minimalistic and simple, so that they would not compete with the art. In some cases the logo and the gallery slogan inspiration lives here are accompanied by examples of artwork at the gallery.

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