I had the pleasure of walking through the Wanted Design show on Friday. It’s always one of my favorite shows during NYCxDesign, there area always new and unique designs on display and I always walk away inspired! This year I spent a lot of time at Inside Out. Polish Graphic Design in the Making, which was more like a large display wall. Every time I tried to walk away another piece caught my interest!
The exhibit examines the role of hand craftsmanship in the practice of contemporary Polish designers. It’s divided into three sections – “Handmade” “Hand-produced” and “Hand-thought”.
Handmade explores Poland’s long tradition of drawing and illustration. Hand-produced presents handcrafted objects that had been designed by various means, such as posters that were made with vector graphics and then screen printed. Hand-thought or “thinking by hand,” means handwork understood and utilized as a tool to generate and test ideas and record thoughts. This section presents traces of the design work that takes place in the very process of drawing, sketching and gluing.
In the three sections we saw several different types of pieces including modeled objects, clothing, posters, sketches and more. It was a great display and I learned quite a bit from the artists standing by. There is a newly published book about graphic design in Poland that was on display, but unfortunately it is not available in the United States just yet. If I hear more about it I’ll keep you posted. If anyone is particularly interested let me know and I’ll put you in touch with the appropriate party.