Tom Mrazauskas

Vytautas V. Stanionis
Nuotraukos dokumentams
/ Photographs for Documents

44 sheets, 440×295 mm
Soleil by Wolfgang Homola, TypeTogether
Pitch by Kris Sowersby, Klim Type Foundry
120 g/m² Materica, Acqua
100 g/m² Munken Pure
Kopa, Kaunas

Kaunas Photography Gallery, 2013
ISBN 978-609-8099-04-1

Ideas to design a book printing on just one side of the sheets, or having all the sheets folded in half, were for some time in my head. The images from Vytautas Stanionis’ archive were just the perfect material to realise both.

These forty double-portraits taken by Vytautas Stanionis in 1946 (and discovered by his son in the mid 80s) were meant to be cut in half and used as identity photographs for soviet passports. The reason why two people share one frame was the lack of materials in postwar Lithuania.

In this publication two matchbox-sized images were enlarged to A3 prints. Duotone plates were printed on thin uncoated stock in two processes (the second colour pressed the next day after the first one had dried).

Best German Book Design — Förderpreis für junge Buchgestaltung, Frankfurt 2014

Paris Photo/Aperture Foundation PhotoBook of the Year Award — Special Mention, Paris/New York 2014

Best Book Design from all over the World — Shortlist, Leipzig 2015

Ideas to design a book printing on just one side of the sheets, or having all the sheets folded in half, were for some time in my head. The images from Vytautas Stanionis’ archive were just the perfect material to realise both.

These forty double-portraits taken by Vytautas Stanionis in 1946 (and discovered by his son in the mid 80s) were meant to be cut in half and used as identity photographs for soviet passports. The reason why two people share one frame was the lack of materials in postwar Lithuania.

In this publication two matchbox-sized images were enlarged to A3 prints. Duotone plates were printed on thin uncoated stock in two processes (the second colour pressed the next day after the first one had dried).

Best German Book Design — Förderpreis für junge Buchgestaltung, Frankfurt 2014

Paris Photo/Aperture Foundation PhotoBook of the Year Award — Special Mention, Paris/New York 2014

Best Book Design from all over the World — Shortlist, Leipzig 2015

Vytautas V. Stanionis
Nuotraukos dokumentams
/ Photographs for Documents

44 sheets, 440×295 mm
Soleil by Wolfgang Homola, TypeTogether
Pitch by Kris Sowersby, Klim Type Foundry
120 g/m² Materica, Acqua
100 g/m² Munken Pure
Kopa, Kaunas

Kaunas Photography Gallery, 2013
ISBN 978-609-8099-04-1

Inga Mueller-Haagen, Jörn Simonsen, Lothar Többen
Die DNA der Stadt
/ The DNA of the City

264 pages, 230×265 mm
Soleil by Wolfgang Homola, TypeTogether
150 g/m² Munken Polar
Gutenberg Beuys, Langenhagen
Buchbinderei Schaumann, Darmstadt

Verlag Hermann Schmidt Mainz, 2014
ISBN 978-3-87439-852-7

If I would be asked to pick just three design solution used in this book, my favorites would be:
a) page numbers used instead of dots to mark city locations in the map in contents page;
b) orange dot marks found in spreads with maps and serving as anchor points for text blocks – this way each time the text is placed differently;
c) gray backgrounds, which emphasize the idea to reserve the high contrast white and black combination just for maps.

And I promise there is much more to find out. For example, to discover the pleasure of reading the cities.

Best German Book Design — Longtlist, Frankfurt 2015

If I would be asked to pick just three design solution used in this book, my favorites would be:
a) page numbers used instead of dots to mark city locations in the map in contents page;
b) orange dot marks found in spreads with maps and serving as anchor points for text blocks – this way each time the text is placed differently;
c) gray backgrounds, which emphasize the idea to reserve the high contrast white and black combination just for maps.

And I promise there is much more to find out. For example, to discover the pleasure of reading the cities.

Best German Book Design — Longtlist, Frankfurt 2015

Inga Mueller-Haagen, Jörn Simonsen, Lothar Többen
Die DNA der Stadt
/ The DNA of the City

264 pages, 230×265 mm
Soleil by Wolfgang Homola, TypeTogether
150 g/m² Munken Polar
Gutenberg Beuys, Langenhagen
Buchbinderei Schaumann, Darmstadt

Verlag Hermann Schmidt Mainz, 2014
ISBN 978-3-87439-852-7

Vytautas Pletkus
Tuštėjimas
/ Vanishing

132 pages, 232×261 mm
Urban Grotesk by Tomáš Brousil, Suitcase Type
250 g/m² Materica, Clay
100 g/m² Gmund Color System 31
130 g/m² Munken Lynx
Kopa, Kaunas

Kaunas Photography Gallery, 2015
ISBN 978-609-8099-04-1

It’s a slow book. It begins with an empty gray spread, ends with a solid black cardboard and in the middle reader is interrupted by an essay, which is printed on yellow paper.

Photographed objects are vanishing slowly. Gravity is pulling remains down to the ground and I get inspired to compose photographs at the bottom of the page.

It’s a slow book, as I already told you.

It’s a slow book. It begins with an empty gray spread, ends with a solid black cardboard and in the middle reader is interrupted by an essay, which is printed on yellow paper.

Photographed objects are vanishing slowly. Gravity is pulling remains down to the ground and I get inspired to compose photographs at the bottom of the page.

It’s a slow book, as I already told you.

Vytautas Pletkus
Tuštėjimas
/ Vanishing

132 pages, 232×261 mm
Urban Grotesk by Tomáš Brousil, Suitcase Type
250 g/m² Materica, Clay
100 g/m² Gmund Color System 31
130 g/m² Munken Lynx
Kopa, Kaunas

Kaunas Photography Gallery, 2015
ISBN 978-609-8099-04-1