Academy of Fine Arts in Gdańsk
Department of Graphic Arts
This uncomplicated little book about Slavic demons and mythologies caught our eye with its witty illustrations, which create a system of icons somewhat recalling totems or sculptures depicting the Svetovid, and to some extent folk ornamentation. The compositions of the various spreads is complemented by the names of demons, with lettering specially designed for this book. The designer created a geometrical grotesque with mirror reflections and minor adjustments. It can be read as a tongue-in-cheek effort to create a hypothetical Slavic typeface, somewhat resembling Germanic runes or the Glagolitic alphabet, mixing in a current and trendy graphic sense of fun. Perhaps it was this clever interpretation of a culture of which little remains, translated into a contemporary graphic language that ultimately convinced us. The one-of-a-kind wooden cover was created for the presentation of the graduation project. The designer has not, however, ruled out a conventional paper version, adapted to the capabilities of an ordinary publishing house.