Jan Sawka Artist Catalog


This is an artist’s catalog that displays the works of Polish poster artist, Jan Sawka. He was kicked out of communist Poland for the anti-communist messages in his work which exhibited an in-your-face, surrealist style. The pages with text are simple to let the colors really shine. There is a color-coded icon system to show whether the work is a painting, a poster, an illustration, or a biography. I also color-coded the pull-out quotes on the page to match its icon. Despite the clear visual system, the theme for these layouts was organized chaos. The quotes are choppy, thrown about, and cut off to emulate the feelings in Sawka's work. The main body of the text is turned to the side, pointed towards the work, making you interact with the book in a unique and engaging way. The quotes and headers for the work are in a 70s-style typeface to encapsulate the era they’re from. The title of the catalog is in a sketchy hand-written type that emulates Sawka’s own handwriting (displayed on pages 5 & 6.) It also points to the fun fact that he had a tendency to sign his work in random and disruptive spots. There is no consistent grid for the work in this book; some take up a full-page, some are scattered on the page, some are enlarged for detailed views and some are turned on their side. The goal of this catalog was to display Sawka’s work in a way that mirrored its tendencies without overshadowing it.




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