The Star Diaries
Design and illustration of Stanisław Lem's "Dzienniki gwiazdowe"
"Dzienniki gwiazdowe" (1957) is a wonderful collection of short stories by Polish writer Stanisław Lem, expanded in 1971 around the character of space traveller Ijon Tichy.
Lem combines humor with philosophy
In "The Star Diaries", we meet Ijon Tichy, an open-minded and inquisitive traveler, writer, and entrepreneur. His journeys through space and time and his encounters with extravagant scientists and the like are not only bizarre but often highly philosophical, insightful, and satirical.
Through his fictional short stories, the Polish author Lem is able to debate ethical, social, and political questions—questions that are still worth being discussed today, forty years later.
The way it was done
Instead of drawing actual scenes of the book, I focused on creating an overall atmosphere which gives room to interpretation. To make sure that each drawing is lively, open, and poetic, some are done blindly, others left-handed, but each of them many times to find the right one.
The book's headlines are all set in letter-press Folio (see fig. 4), the book itself is hand-bound.
RadarDesign of a poster and a booklet for the experimental play “Radar”
Da bleibt uns nur die WutDesign for Till Reiners' political cabaret tour
TheaterUmrissWorks for/with the theatre collective
Sexy Things 3Creating teaching material on Sexually Transmittable Infections
Ho ho ho!1) Take this xmas card. 2) Let it burn.
Rheinblick ResidencesIllustrations for CADMAN's booklet on residences in Bad Godesberg