The Castle Museum in Malbork exists in the medieval headquarters of the Teutonic Order, a UNESCO heritage site. It organized Sapientia Ædificavit Sibi Domum exibition about the history of the Teutonic Order.
The book we designed accompanied the large exhibition, telling the story of the State of the Teutonic Order in Prussia in a dozen scientific articles in Polish and in English. The book’s limited color scheme of black, white and silver is derived from the heraldic imagery of the Order, including the famous white coats with black crosses on the back that inspired our design of the dust jacket. When the dust jacket is unfolded, it doubles as a two-sided poster for the exhibition, silver on the one side and black and white on the other. On the silver cover the title is hotstamped in brighter silver and the exhibition logo is printed with spot varnish (only visible after removing the dust jacket). Inside we also used silver extensively, including in the photos and for title pages of the chapters. The proportions of the page are golden ratio. We allowed the elegant, classic typography to be the main design element on most of the pages.
The exhibition identity, elements of which we used for the book design, was created by Maciej Bychowski.