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Graphic design, Cyprian Kościelniak and vocation

Esther Boukema
Time period: unknown (possibly 1974-1988)
Number of interviews: 2 (9 people)
Accessibility: for research purposes
Transcripts: none
Period of interviews: 1988

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Medium: 3 cassette tapes

This collection contains basically two types of interviews. First of all, Esther Boukema interviewed the originally Polish graphic designer Cyprian Kościelniak in 1988 about the characteristics of a good poster, the function of the poster, the relation poster – society, the relation poster – art, the importance of developing one’s own style and the work of Kościelniak himself.

This interview is therefore not only about the profession and the technical side of graphic design but also about social criticism. This puts Kościelniak in line with his father Władysław Kościelniak, an artist and avid columnist. Boukema incorporated this interview into a thesis for the Hogeschool voor de Kunsten in Utrecht. The interview is in English.


Secondly, Esther Boukema and Assi Kootstra interviewed eight (anonymous) graduating graphic design students about their motivation and ambitions. These eight were interviewed together. This information was intended for a publication in the form of an article in the (graduation) newspaper of the Hogeschool voor de Kunsten.


The following people were interviewed:

  • Cyprian Kościelniak (1948-now), in 1974 he graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw. He is a Polish graphic designer and has lived in the Netherlands since 1986. He is the son of the well-known artist and columnist Władysław Kościelniak.

  • 8 graphic design students from the Hogeschool voor de Kunsten in Utrecht


An article about Cyrian Kościelniak

Examples of his art