At the Rhode Island School of Design, students learn by studying design and artwork of the past. The collection of Polish posters in the RISD Library Graphic Design and Illustration Archive is one source of inspiration for student work. As visual and resource material librarian Mark Pompelia explains, the posters are “part of a tradition of object-based learning.” Professor and critic Jacek Mrowczyk uses them to teach composition, typography, image-text relation, and illustration, among other things. He tells us that those featured below are by Polish designers and were donated to RISD by Polish theorist Szymon Bojko. You can now browse the collection on JSTOR and find more work by these designers.
Thanks also to Alecia Underhill, Materials + Picture Collections Supervisor at RISD, for her help on this piece.