Copernicus Festival

Copernicus Festival

Client: Tygodnik Powszechny

Admind was responsible for the complete visual identity of the festival of science, culture, and arts organized by Tygodnik Powszechny, Uniwersytet Jagielloński, and Copernicus Center.

  • Culture
  • Entertainment

Copernicus Festival aims to promote science and philosophy by explaining their influence on social life and showing the complex relations they share with literature, arts, and other aspects of culture. The festival started in 2014 and since then, it has hosted Paul Davies, Charles Taylor, Karen Wynn, Daniel Everett, Paul Bloom, and Hanna Damasio.

Developing the whole concept

Our work for the client included both print and digital materials. We’ve developed a new website for the festival from scratch and created graphics for social media channels. Apart from more traditional print forms such as posters, banners, and roll-ups we have also been responsible for developing a line of gadgets and other visual materials for the festival such as identity cards, lanyards, and branded walls. The gadgets were meant to be typographical fun, so we could showcase the capabilities of the key visual.

The lecture

We were also invited to help form the program of the festival by running a lecture, during which we talked about how graphic and visual messages changed over the years. 

Copernicus Festival concept

The project’s starting point was to show different aspects of language, based on five divisions present at the festival: science, religion, philosophy, art, and culture. Inspired by Max Lüscher’s color psychology theory we decided to assign different colors to each area of the festival. We have also designed original lettering, which function was to strengthen the main concept of the festival’s visual identity by using different letters in the word “język” (the word means “language” in Polish) to symbolize distinct fields of study which form it.

However, we decided that using different forms and shapes of the letters will negatively affect the readability of the word bearing in mind that the layout of the word is not standard. In the end, we mixed existing typefaces, as the eye of the viewer assimilates better what it already has seen before. A distortion appears on the surface of the project. It takes the shape of an acoustic wave, which is a visual notation of the word JĘZYK.

In the background, you can see fragments of classic books by Dante Alighieri, Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Joseph Brodsky, and Umberto Eco. Each one of them wrote about different aspects of language, which corresponds with our idea about the project.

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