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Karandasz is a small, creative graphic design studio based in Warsaw. Our strenght is our versatility. We can design for you a fiction, scientific or wellness book cover, layout of any given publication (book or magazine), product catalog, poster, flyer and if you wish… tram sticker. We create illustrations for a children's book, logo design and visual identity of companies. While working on your project we always present several concepts and we advise at any stage of creation. Welcome to our portfolio. Do not hesitate to contact us.

Karandasz is a small, creative graphic design studio based in Warsaw. Our strenght is our versatility. We can design for you a fiction, scientific or wellness book cover, layout of any given publication (book or magazine), product catalog, poster, flyer and if you wish… tram sticker. We create illustrations for a children's book, logo design and visual identity of companies. While working on your project we always present several concepts and we advise at any stage of creation. Welcome to our portfolio. Do not hesitate to contact us.

Since 1997

Our studio was founded in 1997 by graphic designer Beata Kulesza-Damaziak. At that time she worked as a freelancer. At the beginning of activity book covers and layouts formed a majority of services. In 2009, despite the ongoing economic crisis, owing the strong brand built in the meantime, Studio Karandasz underwent a significant change. A small team of passionate designers rised up. Today still being a small business we are proud to have wide range of clients, not only publishing houses. We create tons of projects and we broadened our services portfolio.

Our studio was founded in 1997 by graphic designer Beata Kulesza-Damaziak. At that time she worked as a freelancer. At the beginning of activity book covers and layouts formed a majority of services. In 2009, despite the ongoing economic crisis, owing the strong brand built in the meantime, Studio Karandasz underwent a significant change. A small team of passionate designers rised up. Today still being a small business we are proud to have wide range of clients, not only publishing houses. We create tons of projects and we broadened our services portfolio.

Why "karandasz"?

The name “Karandasz” seems to come from the Russian word “карандаш” [kərɐnˈdaʂ] meaning “pencil”, but it is of Turkish origin: “kara taş”, meaning “black stone”. Black stone, in French: “pierre noire”, is a drawing tool of a very intense black color, made of carbon and clay. It must not be confused with a simple graphite pencil. During the Renaissance pierre noire with sanguine and white chalk, all three together have been known as a drawing technique aux trois crayons (in three colors). In the 19th century, French transcription “Caran d'Ache” was a pseudonym of the French satirist and cartoonist Emmanuel Poiré. How did Studio Karandasz come up with its name? Well, simply to avoid “art” or “graph”, that you can find everywhere.

The name “Karandasz” seems to come from the Russian word “карандаш” [kərɐnˈdaʂ] meaning “pencil”, but it is of Turkish origin: “kara taş”, meaning “black stone”. Black stone, in French: “pierre noire”, is a drawing tool of a very intense black color, made of carbon and clay. It must not be confused with a simple graphite pencil. During the Renaissance pierre noire with sanguine and white chalk, all three together have been known as a drawing technique aux trois crayons (in three colors). In the 19th century, French transcription “Caran d'Ache” was a pseudonym of the French satirist and cartoonist Emmanuel Poiré. How did Studio Karandasz come up with its name? Well, simply to avoid “art” or “graph”, that you can find everywhere.