The Road That
Never Was


Project is a retelling of the ancient, and unfortunately quite forgotten, Epic of Gilgamesh, one of the oldest literary texts we know today. Within the project I designed website, set of illustrations and a letterpress-printed postcard. My images are accompanied by wonderful text (written by Marcin Mleczak) paraphrasing the original story.


︎︎︎ Whole experience
available online (PL + ENG)

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︎ Project was realized under Culture Online programme funded by Polish Ministry of Culture.




The Model and the Metaphor


Book covers wide range of topics: from the informative function of images to history of page layout. All of them are orbiting around the central term, model, visual representation of abstract idea. 
Book contains over 150 illustrations drawn by Jakub Woynarowski. 

︎ Buy the book (PL) here.

Book was nominated to Polish Graphic Design Award in the Infographics Section.




Science fiction plates 


Cult Polish brand Pan Tu Nie Stał approched me to create two retro- science-fiction-themed illustrations for decorative plates. Pale green one is inspired by futuristic bus station in Kielce, while orange commemorates first Polish citizen abducted by UFO.

Art direction: Maciej Lebiedowicz Photos 1&3 : Mood Authors



Chronos Liberated


Visual essay on the influence of technology on our perception of time was co-created with Marcin Mleczak and Jakub Woynarowski. Topics covered? From invention of washing machine to horse manure on the streets of 19th-century New York. It was presented as an outdoor exhibition during Copernicus Festival in Kraków.

︎︎︎ Read the essay (PL + ENG).



Wooden figurines


Series started as a pastime and experiment turned out to be great fun. Surely to be continued! All figurines are hand-painted with Jo Sonja’s non-toxic acrylic paint (so one can lick them if necessary ︎) and varnished.

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Maja Starakiewicz is graphic designer and illustrator with serious inclination to research.





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