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Voytek Kurtyka is one of the greatest alpinists of all time. Born in 1947, he was one of the leading lights of the Polish golden age of mountaineering that redefined Himalayan climbing in the 1970s and 1980s.

Art of Freedom is a profound and moving profile of one of the international climbing world’s most respected, complex and reclusive mountaineers.

I based the design on a number of elements including a Polish theme – the red and white of their national flag. I also liked the look of Voytek's (cool retro) jumper in the image on the front cover which gave me the inspiration for some of the cover spot varnished, endpaper and page furniture graphics.

Winner: 2017 Banff Mountain Book Competition Awards – Mountain Literature (Non Fiction) (U.S version).

Winner: Boardman Tasker Award for Mountain Literature 2017.

Have a look at some more of my publishing work in Book Design.

I've also added a few books to Issuu if you'd like to see some of the internal pages.


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