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Karol Murlak

Chair: Assistant Professor Karol Murlak

interdisciplinary designer, researcher and lecturer (doctoral degree in fine arts)

He specializes in product and space design. He searches for new possibilities for familiar objects, materials and techniques. He developed and patented the Sinus technique of wood expansion that lowers the weight and usage of the material, while maintaining its natural durability. Karol is also Associate Professor of Industrial Design at Pratt Institute in New York and a lecturer at SWPS University’s School of Form.
Bianka Rolando

Associate Professor Bianka Rolando

artist, writer, illustrator (post-doctoral degree in graphic design)

Professionally, she is interested in various aspects of book production, possible and impossible compositions of text and illustration as well as creative communication design. Her works are included in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw. She collaborates with the “Foksal” Gallery. Contact: bianka.rolando@gmail.com
Bartosz Mucha

Associate Professor Bartosz Mucha

graphic designer, works in 2D and 3D

Bartosz graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Kraków and from the Penninghen School of Art Direction and Interior Architecture in Paris. He obtained his doctorate in design from the Faculty of Design of the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw. He designs in 2D and 3D, creates installations and short video forms. From 2004 to 2009, he spearheaded The POOR Life project focused on developing dozens of prototypes of objects for everyday use, which were exhibited at numerous design shows in Poland and around the world. Next, he launched a para-architectural initiative – Pararch (www.pararch.com), which explores the notion of home, shelter, and overnight stay. Recently, the initiative has entered the production and distribution phase under the name Poorex. He lives in Wieliczka. Contact: bmucha@sof.edu.pl
Agnieszka Jacobson

Assistant Professor Agnieszka Jacobson-Cielecka

Curator of design, and occasionally photography, exhibitions (doctoral degree in arts)

Designer, writer and art critic. She operates on the boundary between words and images. She is interested in design identity and the impact of visual and material experience on design decisions. She designs complex visual narrations, using everyday objects as a means of expression. Currently, she is interested in color in the context of locality as well as individual and group experiences. Author of exhibitions featuring Polish and Central European product design, which served as a chronicle of design during the post-1989 economic and political system transformation in the region. Together with Karol Murlak, she researchers new materials developed from various kinds of waste. Contact: Kontakt: ajacobson@sof.edu.pl
Małgorzata Jabłońska

Assistant Professor Małgorzata Jabłońska

visual artist, graphic designer (doctoral degree in arts)

Her professional interests include neuroscience, perception and visual narration in the context of art and design. Her main artistic subject are humans — individuals or anonymous communities. She is an author of figurative and brief digital stories, which aim at synthesis, reduction and a single sign. She also created new media projects, installations and designed products, such as illustrations and infographics. In her artistic pursuits, she studies application of various technologies based on computer and manual competencies. Her art pieces are in collections of the Zachęta Society for the Encouragement of Fine Arts, Podlasie branch in Białystok, and in the collection of modern art owned by Muzeum Górnośląskie (Upper Silesia Muzeum), in Bytom. Contact: mjablonska3@swps.edu.pl
Michał Jakubowicz

Assistant Professor Michał Jakubowicz

visual artist, researcher of media communication (doctoral degree in design)

He focuses on the theory and practice of visual art as a way of reflecting on culture and communication. Since 2014, he has been working on the subPark project that involves photography of public art in parks that were destroyed by natural disasters. He examines the contribution of art to the reinterpretation of cultural heritage, processes of appropriation, assimilation, and inclusion of nature’s communicative role into social discourse. He combines abstract and documentary imagery with social reflection. Since 2019, he has been managing the Graphic Design Gallery of SWPS University. Contact: mjakubowicz@swps.edu.pl
Ewa Klekot

Assistant Professor Ewa Klekot

cultural anthropologist, translator, curator (doctoral degree in arts)

She is interested in an interdisciplinary connection between humanities, social sciences, design and artistic activity. She was the principal investigator in a research project “Ludzie z fabryki porcelany” [People from a porcelain factory] (0264/NPRH4/H2b/83/2016). In May 2019, together with a potter Olga Milczyńska, she organized an exhibition Robić/Rzeczy [Make/Things], at the Łódź Design Festival. Her current research interests revolve around anthropology of production including skills, embodied knowledge, materials, and processes, as well as traditions of production and immaterial heritage. Contact: eklekot@sof.edu.pl, ewa.klekot@gmail.com
Monika Rosińska

Assistant Professor Monika Rosińska

sociologist, social scientist, curator of design (doctoral degree in sociology)

She is interested in an interdisciplinary connection between humanities, social sciences, and design. Her research focuses on contemporary design practices, everyday design and sociology of objects. Recipient of scholarships from the Minister of Science and Higher Education and the Minister of Culture and National Heritage. She is a subject-matter expert at the Center for Educational Practices at the ZAMEK Culture Center in Poznań. She collaborates with the Association for Creative Initiatives “ę” on social innovation projects. Currently, she coordinates activities of the of the arts and social sciences team at the School of Form.
Agnieszka Jacobson

Assistant Professor Mariusz Wszołek

Communication expert (doctoral degree in humanities)

Assistant Professor at the Department of Graphic Design at SWPS University. Professionally, he is interested in theory and practice of design communication and, in particular, in inclusive, participatory and sustainable approach to design. Editor of Manual and Communication Design series publications. Author of books and articles on advertising, design process and sustainable design. Additionally, he designs and consults on strategy, corporate image, and communication policies for companies and institutions. His clients include NEONET, PDG, Ministry of Science and Higher Education (MNiSW), and the University of Wrocław. Blogger: na—magazynie. Contact: mwszolek@swps.edu.pl
Oskar Zięta

Assistant Professor Oskar Zięta

designer

Agnieszka Rayss

Assistant Professor Agnieszka Rayss

photographer, cofounder of the Sputnik Photos collective

Agnieszka studied art history at the Jagiellonian University and Universite Paris IV in Paris. She obtained a doctorate from the University of the Arts in Poznań. She won the Picture of the Year award twice. She was also shortlisted twice for the Hasselblad Masters Award, and received numerous awards in national competitions, such as Grand Press Photo, BZWBK Press Photo, and Newsreportaż. Contact: arayss@swps.edu.pl

Employees

Anna Gondek-Grodkiewicz

Anna Gondek-Grodkiewicz

photographer, photo reporter, architect

In her work, she combines aspects of anthropology, psychology and interdisciplinary art. She lived and worked in Poland, Australia and Spain. Winner of the Grand Press Photo 2017 competition in the “Everyday Life – Photo reportage” category. Her photos were published in numerous publications, including National Geographic, Newsweek (Polish edition), The Times Polska, Gazeta Wyborcza and Wysokie Obcasy magazine. Contact: agondek-grodkiewicz@swps.edu.pl
Maciej Siuda

Maciej Siuda

mechanics of construction, space design

Katarzyna Sowa

Katarzyna Sowa

graphic designer, creative designer

She graduated with a Master’s degree in Art History from the University of Wrocław. She teaches history of typography, layout design, multi-page publication design, book design and typeface at SWPS University. She is interested in typography and its correlation with visual message and its reception. She is fascinated by the achievements of Polish Avant-garde, 1920-1930’s modernism, the Swiss design style and post-modern experiments. Contact:ksowa@swps.edu.pl
Piotr Szewczyk

Piotr Szewczyk

multimedia artist, designer of commercial art, product designer and architectt

He graduated from the Faculty of Architecture of the Silesian University of Technology in Gliwice and from the Eugeniusz Geppert Academy of Art and Design in Wrocław. Currently he is a doctoral student at the Institute of Fine Arts of the Faculty of Education and Arts, at the Jan Kochanowski University in Kielce. He is a member of the Association of Polish Artists and Designers (ZPAP), the Gliwice-Zabrze branch. He combines artistic pursuits with theoretical research in various disciplines of art and technology. Piotr creates modern art pieces, including new media, sculpture, installations, and computer animations. For the past several years, he has been creating art using mostly metal and wood. Contact: pszewczyk1@swps.edu.pl
Honza Zamojski

Honza Zamojski

artist, designer and book publisher

In his artistic pursuits, he uses a variety of mediums, including drawing, a technique that combines sculpture and drawing, corporate infographics and poetry. This variety reflects the scope of his interests stemming from a utopian desire to order and understand the surrounding world. He creates stories, which from a larger perspective, build a coherent, multi-layered world based on skepticism. What connects the seemingly distant elements of his work are the simplicity of form, humor and the fact that the artist does not take himself seriously. Recipient of grants from the Minister of Culture and National Heritage (2008, 2010, 2016) and several awards for his artistic and publishing achievements. Contact: jzamojski@swps.edu.pl, honza.zamojski@gmail.com
Filip Zagorski

Filip Zagórski

graphic designer specializing in visual identification

Filip is a cofounder of Type2 design studio located in Warsaw. He specializes in visual communication, including publication design, posters, exhibition design, navigation systems, mobile apps, and webpage design. He graduated with distinction from the Faculty of Graphic Design of the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw and IUNA: Buenos Aires (National University of the Arts), in Argentina. He taught visual communication at the RMI Raffles Design Institute in New Delhi and at Escuela Superior de Artes de Yucatan in Mexico. Currently, he teaches at School of Form in Warsaw. Contact: fzagorski@swps.edu.pl

 

Contact

Office of Institute Directors

Head: Ewa Wilkońska
tel: +48 22 517 97 77
Specialist: Agnieszka Budrewicz
tel: 22 517 99 77
e-mail: bdi@swps.edu.pl
Office Hours: Monday to Friday: 9.00-16.00

Location

SWPS University
Chodakowska 19/31, room 202
03-815 Warsaw
Poland