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- Graphic Design , Editorial Design , Illustration , Typography , Packaging , Books , Corporate Design

European Design Awards & Element Talks 2019

After Vienna, Porto and Oslo in the past years, the European Design Awards 2019 have dropped their anchor in the Polish capital to disembark with a once again high-profile jury, which is composed of publishers of European design magazines. With submission fees being comparatively low, the awards are not only taken home by prestigious agencies but also by numerous smaller design agencies and young designers, as proven this year by winners from Armenia or Ukraine.

What made the days of the European Design Awards in Warsaw so multifaceted and interesting was their framework programme: a well-balanced festival with lectures, exhibitions, interaction and workshops. For support, the organizers of the conference series Element Talks had teamed up with the cultural Adam Mickiewicz Institute and its in-house design department, whose almost 20-year mission as a state institution is to promote Polish culture in the fields of literature, fine arts, music, fashion, film and design.

As the largest design conference in Poland, Element Talks invited renowned international speakers such as Sascha Lobe / Pentagram, Mr. Bingo, Erik Kessels, Studio Dumbar or Carly Ayres and finalized the line-up, going under the title "PORTFOLIO IS DEAD", with similarly talented Polish creatives (Blürbstudio, Mateusz Machalski, Emilka Bojaczyk / Podpunkt, Superskrypt, Joanna Skorupska / Radicalzz Studio, and many more). In addition to Element Talks, the conference was hosted by The Capital City of Warsaw, European Design Awards and Polish Graphic Design Awards.

In addition, the organizers pointed to extraordinary, partly exclusive exhibitions, in particular the "123 Polish Posters you do not want to miss" at the Warsaw Poster Museum, which can be found on the grounds of the Royal Castle Wilanów. Until 30 June 2019 they still show poster classic of the last century; represented by graphic luminaries such as Franciszek Starowieyski, Wojciech Zamecznik, Franciszek Starowieyski, Maciej Urbaniec or Mieczysaw Wasilewski. The exhibition was co-organzid by STGU, the  Association of Polish Graphic Designers.

For rather contemporary art you could turn to PkiN, the respective Palace of Culture and Science in the center of the city, which stands out not only for its socialist-classicist style of architecture, but also boasts art collections of many disciplines. In addition to Graduation Projects, "Print Control" includes excellent print products by Polish graphic designers, which are curated annually by Magdalena Heliasz and published as a high-quality catalog. Only one hall away, the largest monographic exhibition on Karol Sliwka can be visited. As an iconic, self-taught graphic designer with a record of more than 400 logos, he has shaped Polish everyday life like no other. He passed away last year, but was still involved in the concept of the exhibition together with creative director Patryk Hartziej.

Overall, the organizers and all cooperation partners manifested the immense hospitality of Warsaw as well as a creative, substantive precision in their wide range of offerings on the heritage and potential of Polish graphic design.


More about the Element Talks conference

To the exhibition at Warsaw poster museum

All winners of the European Design Awards

More about Polish culture all around the world