Stanisław Lem’s A Perfect Vacuum
Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw
Department of Graphic Arts
Prof. Maciej Buszewicz
Stanisław Lem’s A Perfect Vacuum collects fifteen reviews of non‑existing books, which are in fact camouflaged essays demonstrating the writer’s very wide range of interests (art, philosophy, science) and erudition. The designer decided to take up this literary game, creating a cover for each of the fictional books. Following Lem’s idea, the designer made tongue‑in‑cheek use of rather conformist visual cliches often found in publishing. Part Two of the work is a real, seriously apprehended design for A Perfect Vacuum with the kind of cover often found on Lem’s novels (we cannot be sure if this is intentional). Inside there are illustrations that look like cut‑outs from newspapers and color magazines.