Malwina Chabocka – Art & Design
Malwina Chabocka – Art & Design

The remarkable effects of praise & criticism

Date : Wednesday 21 October, 2015
The remarkable effects of praise & criticism

Coming to Warsaw after living in London has given me an opportunity to re-examine my homeland and culture. A lot has changed in the past few years, Warsaw is becoming an incredibly dynamic, vibrant and multicultural city, with lots of new business ventures, startups, and great new energy. Being a foreigner is no longer a problem, as there are plenty…


“Direction Courtesy” campaign ads

Date : Monday 14 September, 2015
“Direction Courtesy” campaign ads

One of the first things I noticed upon coming to Warsaw this summer and getting around by trams, were blue digital posters of cartoonish characters representing common types of bad behaviour on public transport. As I later found out, these ads are part of a recently launched second edition of a campaign called Kierunek życzliwość w komunikacji miejskiej (Direction Courtesy on Public…


Women in Chanel N°5 film ads

Date : Monday 07 September, 2015
Women in Chanel N°5 film ads

I admit that I have a soft spot for trailers and cinematic adverts. The challenge to tell a story (of a film, book, exhibition, or a product) in a highly condensed fashion to intrigue the audience and make them emotionally engaged, is a fascinating one. A recent search for a new fragrance became an excuse to research and watch several…


New website & the icon challenge

Date : Tuesday 01 September, 2015
New website & the icon challenge

Here it is—my new website. The previous one was entirely hand-coded, and as much I liked its simplicity, the lack of a content-management system became too tiring after a while. Plus, I wanted to have a blog that is more design-focused than my personal essay-style blog. Being a big fan of WordPress, I had no doubts that I would want to move my website…


Faith, delusions & Woody Allen

Date : Monday 27 July, 2015
Faith, delusions & Woody Allen

In the time of emotional turbulences in my life, I tend to become a bit of a film addict. I often turn to my favourite directors and re-watch old movies. Recently, it was Woody Allen, who I have been a fan of ever since I was old enough to watch “adult” films. The two films I chose to re-watch, You…


Left, right and wrong: political labels & biases

In just a few days, polling booths in the UK will open for the general election. For the past weeks, all social media platforms have been buzzing with excitement and anger. “Scandal! Lies exposed! So-and-so must go!”, shout people as they share the newest cartoons mocking those they hate. Since most of my friends are in the arts, media, film…


The art of competing and losing in Settlers of Catan & everyday life

For me, losing a tennis match isn’t failure, it’s research.  — Billie Jean King, former World No. 1 professional tennis player Last week, my boyfriend and I got invited for a game of Settlers of Catan at our friends’ house. I must say that when it comes to board games, my experience is fairly limited. I had a mild obsession with Talisman:…


Unlikely homes: Jing Jin City & Miracle Village

Date : Monday 05 January, 2015
Unlikely homes: Jing Jin City & Miracle Village

The Jing Jin City and Miracle Village exhibition, which opens at Daniel Blau gallery in January 2015, is likely to arouse discussions. Very important, and quite possibly very heated discussions. The gallery has invited two very ambitious and courageous artists. Andi Schmied and Sofia Valiente, who were among the winners of 5 Under 30 competition in 2013 and 2014 respectively, are more than just photographers…


Beautiful obsession of 4 Indie Game Designers

Date : Monday 27 October, 2014
Beautiful obsession of 4 Indie Game Designers

Imagine that you’ve been diagnosed with a terminal disease. What would be the one thing you would want to do that would make you accept your fate? One thing, one project, one goal that would make you feel more at ease with dying because you would have accomplished it? A goal that has simply been the sense of your life?…


In search of La Dolce Vita: Breaking with the nine-to-five

I celebrated the end of this year’s summer in Italy. This last-minute and fairly spontaneous holiday trip provided a much needed break after several weeks of hard work and disappointing weather. Deprived of work tools and all sorts of big city-type of stimuli, I turned to the simple pleasures: food, swimming, sunbathing, reading. And I devoured them all. My head,…


Black Dogs, Storms & Rhapsodies

Date : Thursday 28 August, 2014
Black Dogs, Storms & Rhapsodies

“(…) How very trying I was—all agog, all aquiver; and so full of storms and rhapsodies…” wrote Virginia Woolf in 1936 in a letter to Violet Dickinson, her older friend and correspondent. This and many other letters can be found at an exhibition devoted to the life of Woolf which is currently on at the National Portrait Gallery. “Storms and…


Jean Paul Gaultier & different kinds of beauty

Date : Monday 11 August, 2014
Jean Paul Gaultier & different kinds of beauty

I am not a fashion buff. I don’t watch catwalk shows, adjust the length of my skirts to what’s in this season, nor buy Vogue. But I love fashion. I grew up surrounded by women’s magazines and the smell of Givenchy perfume, and developed an appreciation for quality and uniqueness (thanks, Mum!). I avoid shopping on the high street, as…


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