I am a proud generalist always craving research and/or playfulness, working everywhere design, storytelling and art are intersecting. I graduated from Academy of Fine Arts in Kraków, I hold a PhD in visual narrative field.
graphic design ︎ art direction ︎ branding ︎ visual storytelling ︎ infographics ︎ illustration ︎ pattern/surface design ︎ research ︎ visual communication in humanities ︎ print and web ︎ teaching ︎ writing (both research papers and essays)
︎︎ My work and motivations behind it were comprehensively exposed in this interview.
Worked with ︎︎︎
Pan tu nie stał ︎ Copernicus Festival (Kraków) ︎ Conrad Festival (Kraków) ︎ Krakowskie Biuro Festiwalowe ︎ National Museum in Kraków ︎ Gdynia Design Days ︎ Magazyn Autoportret ︎ Warsaw Science Festival ︎ Swarmcheck ︎ Fundacja Optimum Pareto ︎ Hańba band ︎ Koza Nostra Studio ︎ Translation Street ︎ Korporacja Ha!art ︎ 10Decoart ︎ (...)
Exercising Modernity programme participation (Pilecki Institute Berlin) ︎ Polish Graphic Design Awards nominee ︎ Swarovski scholarship (European Forum Alpbach) ︎ Polish Ministry of Culture scholarships︎ Art&Fashion illustration competition (Stary Browar, Poznań) ︎ Dean of Academy of Fine Arts in Kraków scholarships ︎ Ars Quaerendi Prize (granted by the Lesser Poland Region) ︎ (...)
︎︎︎ I am based in Kraków, Poland but I am willing to travel – I believe that face-to-face contact is the foundation of quality work.
︎︎︎ I am always happy to make friends, work and work friends. Contact me by mail.
︎︎︎ I can be reached directly via Instagram.
I work with adults, teens and children. I enjoy formats combining handful of theory with engrossing assignments. This may sound crazy, but I do care about presentation design when preparing a lecture.
Favourite topics ︎︎︎
metaphors in design ︎ visual thinking and literacy ︎ visual storytelling & visual writing ︎ infographics/information design ︎ visual strategies in maps & history of cartography ︎ basics of graphic design for non-designers ︎ alternative/artsy graphic novels ︎ literature adaptations (graphic novels, video games, hybrid media)
Lectures + Talks (selected) ︎︎︎
Mental Models in the Designer’s Toolbox – talk, UX Poland conference, Warsaw
Shapes of Thought ( with J. Woynarowski) – discussion, Copernicus Festival, Kraków, ︎ video
Culture in Action Artist Talk series (Popmoderna.pl) – interview, ︎ video
Infoimages – discussion (with J. Woynarowski), Joseph Conrad Festival, Kraków
Image and Text. The Best Enemies – talk, Gdynia Design Days Festival
The Model and the Metaphor – talk, seminar for academic teachers, Rabka
Image. How does it work? [basics of information design] – talk (with J. Woynarowski), Galeria Labirynt, Lublin + BWA, Katowice
What does fashion say? – fashion interpretation workshop for teenagers, Municipal Gallery in Tarnów
Fictional Maps – talk at Facta Ficta international conference, Katowice
Games Over and Over – talk accompanied by animated diagrams (with K. Styczeń), Etiuda&Anima Festival, Kraków
Space as Metaphor – talk, Think Tank Lab Triennale, European Capital of Culture, Wrocław
Visual Narrative Strategies [visual storytelling beyond comics] – talk, Faculty of Art, Pedagogical University of Cracow
Courses + Workshops Taught (selected) ︎︎︎
You will open this door anyway. A Primer of Interactive Storytelling – international one-week workshop held online (Polish Japanese Academy of Information Technology, Warsaw)
Story-driven: storytelling in teaching and learning – training for teachers, Municipal Gallery in Tarnów
Story-driven [basics of creative writing] – 2 series of 5-days workshop for children, Municipal Gallery in Tarnów
Narrative Drawing (comics, illustration, visual storytelling) – Academy of Fine Arts, Kraków, teaching asisstant to J. Woynarowski
Perspective and Illusion of Space (PWSZ Tarnów) – 2 semesters programme, ongoing
Psychophysiology of Vision and Color Theory (PWSZ Tarnów) – 2 semesters programme
Drawing for graphic design (PWSZ Tarnów) – 2 semesters programme, ongoing
Events Organized (selected) ︎︎︎
NarrAkcje conference on visual narratives + workshops – (co-organizer) one-day event in Arteteka, Kraków covering issues like comics, illustration, script-writing and Polish sign language
Bitwa Rysunkowa (Drawing Battle) – (co-organizer) open to public live drawing act performed by talented young illustrators and comic artists, Kraków
︎︎︎ I am open to talks/workshops opportunities – let’s talk about that!
I believe image and text complement each other really well – that’s why I write on visual phenomena and illustrate literature.
Research papers + essays +other texts ︎︎︎
Curatorial Exercises (co-authored), Text in the Museum, conference papers published by National Museum in Kraków
Obraz jako argument w humanistyce , Zagadnienia Rodzajów Literackich
Ilustracja dynamiczna jako sposób na adaptację literatury (co-authored), Zagadnienia Rodzajów Literackich
Świat zamknięty – o pięknie modelu średniowiecznego (visual essay)
Tak samo ale inaczej, Linia prosta
Mapy nowych światów, Linia prosta
Lubię zmyślać, Linia prosta
Graficzne przedstawienia przestrzeni i funkcjonalność map, Linia prosta
Komoda pana Zina, Linia prosta
Kosmita w gabinecie rycin, Wiadomości ASP
Model i metafora. Komunikacja wizualna w humanistyce (Model and Metaphor. Visual Communication in Humanities), Ha!art, Kraków 2019
Pociąg do opowieści (Story-driven), Biuro Wystaw Artystycznych w Tarnowie, 2016, ︎ video
The Road That
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)
︎ Contact me if you want to purchase high quality prints of those works.
︎ Project was realized under Culture Online programme funded by Polish Ministry of Culture.
Model and 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.
Book was nominated to Polish Graphic Design Award in the Infographics Section.
Copernicus Festival, one of the most outstanding science festivals in Poland, once again invited Jakub Woynarowski and me to create visual essay related to the theme of the event, which was imagination. The piece was exhibited in Cricoteka in Kraków during the show curated by Woynarowski.
︎︎︎ virtual tour
Photos: Przemek Wideł