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Graphic Design in Warsaw: Where there’s a will there’s a way

November 03, 2016 by
FontShop Team
FontShop Team

This November Slanted, the Dortmund University of Applied Sciences and Arts, and the University of Arts and Design Karlsruhe organize two one-day conferences on graphic design in Warsaw. All talks will be hosted on one of the two campuses on November 15th and 17th, 2016 at the occasion of the upcoming release of Slanted Magazine #28 “Warsaw”. We at FontShop gladly support the event as a partner.

To better understand the graphic design scene in Warsaw, the hosts invited speakers who specialize in a variety of fields, ranging from photography and illustration to research, publishing, curation and art. Piotr Rypson, deputy director at the National Museum Warsaw, Swiss photographer Nicolas Grospierre, graphic designer Marcin Nowicki, typographer Magdalena Frankowska and illustrator Jan Bajtlik will be speaking on both days—so if you can’t make it on the 15th, the program will be repeated on the 17th. At the end of each conference day, Rene Wawrzkiewicz is going to moderate a panel discussion with all speakers. Admission is free, but each date is limited to 500 participants, so be sure to sign up. Registration is necessary!

We’re very proud to announce that FontShop is joining in on this event as a supporting partner of Slanted. While we’ve always been dedicated to bringing designers together at conferences, we are also keen on involving design schools in these events and have done so in the past. This conference brings professional experience and education closer together.

Watch out for rare rub-off lettering sheets of Łukas Dziedzic’s FF Clan that will be given away during the conferences, reminiscent of a lettering technique that is probably best connected to the company Letraset, who produced such sheets for graphic designers well up to the 1980s.


15 November 2016
starts at 3 pm
Dortmund University of Applied Sciences

17 November 2016
starts at 10:30 am
Karlsruhe University of Arts and Design


Dr. Piotr Rypson, Deputy Director at the National Museum, Warsaw. Ph.D. in literary studies. Visiting professor at Rhode Island School of Design (1994–1999). Curator of numerous exhibitions. Author of books and articles on art, information architecture, visual communication, and literature. Author of Against all Odds. Polish Graphic Design 1919–1949 (2011). Now works on a book on Polish graphic design 1945–49.

Swiss photographer Nicolas Grospierre has spent the last 15 years meticulously documenting Modernist architecture across five continents, a process that has turned him into an “obsessive collector” (visit his successful blog). For Grospierre, Modernism embodied one of the “most beautiful ideals of mankind: progress.”

Marcin Nowicki of Post Noviki Studio. Noviki are a post multidisciplinary studio living in the graphic design utopia. The studio’s signature has a context driven approach based on the idea of design as a method used to explore the borders of a contemporary art expression. Noviki’s practice is spread across various media, they are involved in commissioned projects, self-­initiated projects for design, art, and research. They give lectures and workshops.

Fontarte – a typographic, graphic design studio, independent publishing house, and type foundry – was established by Magdalena Frankowska and Artur Frankowski in Warsaw in 2004. This creative studio works on a range of projects which connect art and design, including editorial design and custom typography. Fontarte work is distinguished by its original letterforms and unique typographic style.

Jan Bajtlik (b. 1989) is a freelance graphic designer and illustrator. He’s been creating children’s books, posters, illustrations, and visuals identifications for cultural events. His clients include Time Magazine and The New York Times and he is the author of an activity book for children Alphadoodler (Tate Publishing) about typography and creative scribbling. In 2014–2016 he conducted over 134 art and typography workshops for children and has received numerous awards in national and international graphic competitions.

Rene Wawrzkiewicz is a graphic designer and design curator. He is a co-founder of the Design Critique Platform and the Association of Applied Graphic Designers. He is the curator and coordinator of numerous initiatives and projects connected with Polish graphic design, including a series of exhibitions entitled Design for Freedom, Freedom in Design in Berlin, Tokyo, and Stockholm, the Graphic Knowledge Fair (a graphic design festival), TYPO Berlin (presentations of Polish visual designers on the conferences), TypoPolo and “The Polish Exhibition of Graphic Symbols” (exhibitions in Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw).


Tuesday, 15 November 2016

University of Applied Sciences and Arts
Fachhochschule Dortmund

Aula Fachbereich Design

44137 Dortmund

Thursday, 17 November 2016
University of Arts and Design Karlsruhe

Lichthof der Hochschule für Gestaltung Karlsruhe

Lorenzstraße 15

76135 Karlsruhe


The conference is held in English. Registration is necessary!

Trademark attribution notice
Clan is a trademark of Monotype GmbH registered in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and may be registered in certain other jurisdictions. FF is a trademark of Monotype GmbH registered in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and may be registered in certain other jurisdictions. FF is a trademark of Monotype GmbH registered in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and my be registered in certain other jurisdictions.