Do you like art? At least a little? If your answer is a yes, then try exploring Prague with Kurátor! Authors Valérie Dvořáková, Štěpánka Veselská and Ján Gajdušek have chosen the best fine art that has appeared over the centuries in the city of Prague, up until the present day. Traditional galleries, contemporary spaces, paintings and sculptures, art cafés, art in the streets, and people who have something to say about it. Photography by Teodorik Menšl.
# 320 pages, 185 × 235 mm, dust jacket plasticized PVC foil, flexi binding, ISBN 978-80-242-6247-5 (Czech), ISBN 978-80-242-6248-2 (English), BUY
This catalog sums up 10 years of photography workshop in Mikulov. It offers several different perspectives of life in Mikulov, inadvertently also exposing a glimpse of day-to-day life in the Czech Republic today. Editor Tomáš Pospěch.
# 220 pages, 185 × 235 mm, dust jacket plasticized PVC foil, swiss binding, ISBN 978-80-87407-24-0
The catalogue is published in conjunction with Kateřina Šedá’s UNES-CO project, which is representing the Czech Republic at the 16th International Architecture Exhibition in Venice. Kateřina Šedá has prepared a project that explores the absence of normal life in the centers of popular tourist destinations. The UNES-CO project’s catalogue has been conceived as a presentation of this new company and as an interim report on its activities.
# 228 pages, 190 × 250 mm, twin wire binding, variable post-it notes manually attached to each copy, ISBN 978-80-907123-1-7
This is a book of aphorisms written by sociologist and former politician Fedor Gál, which he started writing in 2017. Photography by Miro Švolík.
# 80 pages, 138 × 184 mm, paperback, ISBN 978-80-815-0218-7, BUY
The world's first multimedia theatre Laterna Magika in Prague celebrates this year 60 years of its existence. Happy birthday!
Havrlant Art Collection is a private collection of contemporary Czech and Slovak art. It was founded in 2016 by Kateřina and Jakub Havrlant. The collection currently includes paintings, statues, installations, and photographs. Flexible and responsive logotype always follows form of initial letter H.
Havrlant Art Collection is presented via webpages which inform potential buyers about the works of art and their authors within a wider context. The aim of the Havrlant Art Collection is not only to build a representative collection of contemporary art but also to support young artists in their work. It is a living and growing organism that wants to present its growth using virtual space.
Graphic design for season 2017/18 campaign promoting new National Theater's drama performances. Photography by Dita Pepe.
This is a large format festival catalog for the II. International Biennial of Photography Ostrava Photo 2017 - With Different Eyes / Between Certainty and Uncertainty.
6/2017, # 76 pages, 320 x 450 mm, ISBN 978-80-270-2121-5, BUY
The photography book Metropolight by David Gaberle is about the relationship between the city, the people who inhabit it, and the light that shapes its atmosphere. It is a record of what the city moulds us into, and how we try to remain authentic to ourselves at the same time. The alienating culture of the seemingly developed cities continues to challenge our humanness in the 21st century.
Catalog for the photo exhibition at OFF_Festival presents the work of several students chosen from graduate theses projects from the Institute of Creative Photography. 8 artists presented are personally involved to a greater or lesser extent in the depicted themes, which are often a part of their own personal history. They record empty places and scars, deal with themes that are not present or discussed in contemporary society, or photograph things that are now gone and defy being captured by the camera. Curators Tomáš Pospěch and Štěpánka Stein.
7/2016, # 12 pages (3 sheets), 300 × 420 mm, unbounded
This book was published on the occasion of the completion of the new ESSENS headquarters in Brno, Czech Republic. During the construction photographer Roman Franc observed and documented stories of people who have worked on the new building.
6/2016, # 112 pages, 245 × 325 mm, cardboard wrap with die cutting and 3D varnish, ISBN 978-80-906018-7-1
The town of Hranice lies in the Moravian Gate Valley mainly on the right side of the river Bečva. It is wedged between the Oder hills and undulating country under the Beskids called Maleník. This catalog is a representative selection of photographs of the town and surroundings photographed by local patriot, curator, historian and photographer Tomáš Pospěch. Graphics is originally inspired by the town´s official flag.
3/2016, # 240 pages, 210 × 297 mm, hard cover, case
ISBN 978-80-87407-16-5, BUY
The Samson Fountain in České Budějovice was, for about a month, located in a circular space which on one hand separated it from the square itself, and at the same time created a peaceful background and intimacy for it that the landmark would never have. This project was a reflection on what we consider an important part and a dominating feature of public space, and how we perceive certain hidden spaces that provide us with social and cultural activities. Photography © Tomáš Malý.
For last few years photographer Marek Matuštík has been exploring inner world of his children - a world full of creativity, excitement, fun and games.
5/2016, # 80 pages, 210 × 260 mm, detachable magnetic cover photo, cardboard, cover debossed, limited author´s edition
In the 1980s, Jan Jindra created several photographic series that in many respects differ from those of the remarkable contemporaneous wave of Czech documentary photography. This is the author´s first monograph that contains all the important series from 1980s and it also includes November 1989 and the departure of the Soviet Army from Czechoslovakia in 1990.
The book Intimita/Intimacy is comprised of 6 literary adaptations and photography interpretations of open confessions and life stories by 6 women. It attempts to open an important personal and social issues and taboos – physical handicaps, depression, prostitution, cancer, dying.
Awarded the 2nd place of The Most Beautiful Czech Books 2015
Les Rencontres ARLES The 2016 Book Award Shortlist
28th Brno Biennial of Graphic Design 2018: International Exhibition
10/2015, text book 362 pages, 6 photobooks (40 pages each), 170 × 240 mm, cardboard wrap, ISBN 978-80-905239-3-7, BUY
For Karel Novák photographing nudity as a living phenomenon in the environment of naturist communities, to which he has belonged for decades, is completely natural. Not only are his photographs a record of the beauty of the naked body moving about freely in nature, but they also create a dialogue with the outside world which has a difficult time understanding the ideals of naturism because it lacks that basic, authentic experience.
This book consists of authentic memories of Josef Černohorský — former prisoner of the communist regime in the 1950´s — who was imprisoned against his will in Jáchymov uranium mine Barbora.
6/2015, # 114 pages, 130 × 185 mm, hardcover, book cloth, silkscreen, pocket with historical documents, correspondence and personal attachments, ISBN 978-80-905239-4-4, BUY
The basic element of the logo and of the festival´s visual are the basic photographic formats: square, portrait, landscape. In typography these elements are used in proportion to the size and media. This basic typographic expression is then expanded to include illustrations which motifs and themes are inspired by the photographer´s practice. Each edition of the festival will be delivered and designed by different illustrator. This year was illustrated by Timur Aloev.
This is a catalog of student projects from the Faculty of Architecture in Prague, led by architect Jan Šépka, in cooperation with city representatives from 8 cities in the Czech Republic. Students demonstrate several architectural and urban visions and outline different options in planning the strategy of urban concepts and future city development.
The Most Beautiful Czech Books 2015
11/2014, # 640 pages, 210 × 277 mm, open binding, custom polyethylene foil, ISBN 978-80-870641-5-3, BUY
For last 15 years photographer Dita Pepe has been exploring ideas of identity and environment in two photographic series titled "Self-portraits with men" and "Self-portraits with women". She seeks to completely assimilate into the lives of other people. The book cover uses a variety of her own signatures to underline the same idea of identity but using a typographic language.
KALEID EDITIONS 2015, London
10/2014, # 112 pages, 245 × 325 mm, cardboard, cover debossed, ISBN 978-80-905363-9-5, BUY
This book shows the process how photographer shares experience of the therapeutic form of photography with other women - her friends but also women in crisis - and in so doing reminds people of the "Love yourself" theme. The book itself is inspired and influenced by a Polish sociologist Zygmunt Bauman and his book "The Art of Life".
The Best Photography Book 2014 at the Art Books Wanted International Awards by Edition Lidu
5/2014# 160 pages, 210 × 277 mm, open binding, mirror board, ISBN 978-80-905239-1-3, BUY
The book Slečny/The Misses is comprised of eight literary adaptations of open confessions of unmarried women in the Czech Republic and Czechoslovakia, ranging from 1920’s to the present. The resulting book is a combination of documentary work, journalism, sociological research, creative writing, historical, political and economic reflections, gender subjects, art and photographs.
Awarded the 3rd place of The Most Beautiful Czech Books 2013
Art Books Wanted International Awards 2013
6/2012, # 346 pages, 148 × 210 mm, edge coloring, cover/jacket debossed, ISBN 978-80-905239-0-6
In-between typeface was originally designed for the thesis book at RISD. It mimics the idea of physical gaps, drawing attention to the in-between moments inside of individual letterforms.
The Atlas of Dead Ends is a collection of fifty photographs taken through Google Street View application from the United States of America. These photographs are always from places where Google Street View car stopped to shoot for more images. These virtual dead ends are usually just in the middle of the road. They have no geographic value or history. I find road as a metaphor for progress. But in this case these places symbolize the end, a limit. They are witnessing the expansion of digital technology. Yet as technology will keep moving towards new horizons these places will sooner or later disappear. This book is a documentation of this never-ending evolution.
4/2012, # 130 pages, 8 × 11 in, spiral binding, + 2 postcards
In this workshop with Jürg Lehni a task was to create a set of instructions. Together with Yejin Cho we have decided to create instructions which will guide you to construct a simple modular system, which will ultimately allow you to create letterforms.
At RISD I was used to save misprints from my recent projects in order to create sketchbooks and practice binding possibilities.
Display typeface inspired by Revenge = Vendetta = Die Rache = Vengeance = Venjança = Intikam = Răzbunare = Vendetta = Pomsta.
Available on request.
Damian Ortega’s installation in the space are deploying the principle of fragmentation and spatial dispersion of forms. How would he fragment letter forms? How would he allow viewers to experience this process of deconstruction and perception? And how does it feel to transfer three dimensional forms onto a flat surface? Even we’re looking at the two dimensional poster, we can experience tension between the three dimensional letterforms and the flatness of the canvas, between colors, clarity and experiment, information and interpretation.
During the weekend workshop with Leonardo Sonolli at RISD our task was to promote the thing we hate. In collaboration with Yejin Cho we wanted to promote the superficiality. Even cliché has its own value. It saves time. Audience is familiar with cliché and it helps them to recognize the original context. Based on the study of the most popular words in advertising we created a simple online application that allows us to combine these words. The combination of these words could create only more superficial meaning.
While thinking about language and its translation we never pay attention to formal language and beauty of subtitles in movies. Type is set in the most default setting. It´s a kind of black square of typography. How would you make the reader/viewer pay more attention to this quality rather than movie itself?
# 240 pages, 11 x 17 in, perfect binding
"I didn´t know you´ve been studying in Iceland!
That´s great. Is your school on the road?"
As non-english native speakers we tend to mishear and mispell english words and grammar. Unintentionally we create new forms and meanings.
During this workshop with Swiss graphic designer, publisher and tutor Lars Müller the brief was to design a publication for young architects and people, knowing little about Le Corbusier and nothing about "Villa Le Lac", often ignoring the relevance of books for their search for knowledge.
This project was originally inspired by photographs of abandoned places. This places evoke me abandoned stories. Similar abandoned stories appear every day in the category "Missed Connections" at craigslist. My intention was to create a chronologically ordered documentation that will show interaction with these people. These messages will never find the intended recipient and remain abandoned in the virtual space. Yet thanks to this virtual space they can be shared with others.
3/2011, # 72 pages, 185 × 270 mm, french fold with die cutting
Babel is intended for display purposes. Inspired by the polorhythms, syncopation and improvisation of jazz music, it consists of 1 regular and 2 alternate alphabets (along with numbers and symbols) for mixing and matching, allowing you to create spontaneous typographic forms. Originally developed for British jazz label "Babel Label" with kind help of tutor Cyrus Highsmith.
Available on request.
This book documents the entire story of trapped Chilean miners using only the titles of the articles published by the only one media source – Reuters – which provides news reports from all around the world.
26th Brno Biennial of Graphic Design 2014:
International Exhibition Selection
10/2010, # 245 pages, 7 × 9 in, prong fastener
This project was developed in a visiting designer workshop with British graphic designer and tutor Vaughan Oliver at RISD. It was an experimental approach to the idea of representing the 13th month and designed along with classmates James J Grady and Camila M Afanador.
3 essays about typography written by El Lissitzky, Max Bill and Dan Friedman. 3 designers. 3 colors. 3 voices. Triangle.
This is experimental book format presenting the key projects and personality of a contemporary Czech architect Michal Kuzemenský. Every project is represented by various paper sizes/formats. Binding solution with cooperation and kind help of Jan Činčera.
Bronze Award in category "Student Project" of the European Design Awards 2011.
6/2010, # 112 pages, 210 x 294 mm, multiple paper formats, stitch binding, VIDEO
A self-initiated project – series of 10 magazines. Mixing my favourite text and image inspiration sources into a single pocket brochure.