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    Tadeusz Pietrzyk was born in 1933 in Warsaw. He died in the same city in 1999. He graduated from the Warsaw Academy of Fine Arts (with an honors … Read More
    Tadeusz Pietrzyk was born in 1933 in Warsaw. He died in the same city in 1999. He graduated from the Warsaw Academy of Fine Arts (with an honors degree from Prof. Andrzej Rudziński’s studio) in 1959. From 1957, he worked as a graphic designer and (from 1969) as the art director at Scientific and Technical Publications (Wydawnictwa Naukowo-Techniczne WNT). In 1969, he was also made the chief graphic designer at Transport and Communication Publishers (Wydawnictwa Komunikacji i Łączności WKŁ). In addition, he collaborated with many other national publishers, designing mainly popular science and technical books, encyclopedias and albums. For his editorial work and trademark designs, he received numerous awards and distinctions, including two special prizes from the Polish Book Publishers Association (Polskie Towarzystwo Wydawców Książek PTWK) “for services to graphic arts and the typographic development of books” (1971) and “for the creation of Polish scientific and technical books” (1980). His work was exhibited and awarded at the Internationale Buchkunst-Ausstellung – IBA in Leipzig. He was also awarded by PTWK for his overall achievements in book design, technical book design in particular. He was decorated “for services to culture”, received the Golden distinction of Association of Polish Artists and Designers ZPAP, and Golden Cross of Merit. The Tadeusz Pietrzyk Archive of scientific and technical publications The project was launched in 2014, with interviews conducted with Tadeusz Pietrzyk’s relatives and friends and the review of his design output. As a result, the collection of private archive was digitized, and in cases where the originals had not remained, they were recreated based on photographs and available descriptions. The research has been conducted by the students of the Polish and English language programs of the PJAIT New Media Department. Their work is assisted by Prof. Ewa Satalecka, who supervises compiling of documents, as well as preparation of the archive for exhibition and publication; the photography and preparation of archival materials for publication are overseen by Krzysztof Szklanny, PhD, and Krzysztof Kalinowski – responsible for reconstruction of packaging designs. So far, the conducted work resulted in the following publications: Ewa Satalecka’s article in the book edited by Jacek Mrowczyk VeryGraphic: Polish Designers of the 20th century published by the Adam Mickiewicz Institure in 2015 (ISBN 978–83–60263–18–1), and this exhibition catalog Tadeusz Pietrzyk. Archive by PJAIT, 2016 (ISBN 978–83–63103–86–6). The research for this project was conducted by the students of New Media Department: Damian Ziółkowski and Patryk Kalwas, who digitized the archive, developed the project and took active part in preparing the exhibition. They also designed a web page to make the collection available to the public. This compilation contains interviews, multimedia materials, as well as audio recordings of designer’s friends and colleagues. The archive is also supported by the project “Fonts for Science” – research dedicated to finding and documenting typefaces designed for publications in various disciplines of science. The project was launched in 2016; its first results were published in the form of an exhibition at the ATypI International Conference “Convergence” Warsaw 2016 – the workshops and part of the exhibition were hosted by PJAIT. The research was conducted by Aleksandra Kotowska and Łukasz Kroenke and supervised by Prof. Ewa Satalecka, overseeing the scope of activities, development of the exhibition and e-publication. Cognitive and historical studies that enrich art and design often help develop practical skills of students, who produce series of designs for the research purposes; they also enhance the social competence of those involved, encouraging them to respect and protect the cultural heritage. The Tadeusz Pietrzyk Archive of scientific and technical publications, opened in PJAIT in 2016, is the first initiative of this kind in Poland; we wish to develop it further. We would like the Archive collection to serve both scientists and designers by emphasizing the connections between the two disciplines. Read Less
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