are associated, first of all, with an aesthetics of PRL (People’s Republic of Poland), although they were also inspired from the German design of 1960s. The first patterns referred directly to the Polish applied graphic design of 1970s. However, with time the designers cooperating with us started to treat them as a medium of comments towards the present days and to make reference to the current events or texts of the culture.
MANSAM Mugs, are first and foremost good Polish design as well as the gallery presenting the works of Polish graphic artists and designers distinguishing themselves.
They are formed as limited series, not exceeding 100 pieces (there are mostly 30 pieces of them of one pattern). Each series is an unrepeated collection of logotypes, which are not produced more by us in case if they have beeen already sold.
The MAMSAM shop currently lists 979 different designs submitted by 173 designers, sorted in 12 categories like cities, sport, animals, objects, words. This post shows a selection of mugs with typographic designs. Unless otherwise noted, all depicted mugs were designed by Janek Bersz, one of the most prolific contributors. The selection also includes mugs by Polish type designers who have used the MAMSAM mugs as a platform to showcase their typefaces.