Poland
Conversations
on Publishing
& Design

Poland today is the perfect destination for those who love to explore. You can start at a post-humanism inspired pavilion project and books with karakter, arrive later at bold posters and patterns, and then end your journey with illustrations that look at you from the pages of The New York Times.

The 6th Conversations brings you four stories from Poland that reject global trends and convey their own visions to the world.

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What if we forgot our obsession to control the materials surrounding us and gave them back to the creative powers of natural decay?

MYCOsystem

is a design project which points up cooperation between fungi, trees and humans. It was created by Agata Szydłowska, Małgorzata Gurowska, and Maciej Siuda for Polish pavilion at the recent Triennale di Milano.

Design researcher Agata Szydłowska is an author of several books as well as numerous articles on modern Polish design and its history. Małgorzata Gurowska is a visual artist and a co-author of several award winning picture books.

How to be a successful publisher, when you have no money, people in your country do not read books and the world is in crisis?

Przemek Dębowski

is a book designer and publisher from Krakow. He worked for major Polish publishers before teaming up with friends and launching Karakter in 2008. Karakter is a relatively small publishing house, which entered the book market offering highbrow content strengthened by its distinctive design.

When I got sick of the recurring solutions in commercial design, I realized that my entire generation was tired of the same thing.

Edgar Bąk

runs his own design studio in Warsaw and is teaching visual communication at the School of Form in Poznan. Simplicity, bold colours, geometric shapes, and layouts that break with the mundane – these are his trademarks in design and illustration.

How do you talk about design with people who don’t know a thing about design? That was the biggest challenge for me as a freelancer.

Ola Niepsuj

’s works can be described as humorous illustrated commentary, which has ultimately found its way into the hearts of publishers and brand managers around the world. She has done illustration work for The New York Times, Taschen and Thames & Hudson, and has worked with brands like Nike, Ikea and Apple.