I work with adults, teens and children. I enjoy formats combining handful of theory with engrossing assignments. 

Favourite topics ︎︎︎

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)  ︎ elements of narrative (for children and teens)

Lectures + Talks (selected)   ︎︎︎

Culture in Action Artist Talk series (Popmoderna.pl) interview (by Rafał Sowiński)

Infoimages – discussion (with J. Woynarowski and M. Kuźmiński), Conrad Festival, Kraków

Image and Text. The Best Enemies – talk, Gdynia Design Days Festival

The Model and the Metaphor  – talk, seminar for academic teachers (mainly UJ + UW), Rabka

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

Image. How does it work? [basics of information design] – talk (with J. Woynarowski), Galeria Labirynt, Lublin

Courses + Workshops Taught   (selected) ︎︎︎

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

Perspective and Illusion of Space (ongoing)

Psychophysiology of Vision and Color Theory (ongoing)

Narrative Drawing (comics, illustration, visual storytelling)  during PhD pedagogical training in Jakub Woynarowski studio (Academy of Fine Arts, Kraków)

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!

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

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