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Hanna Piotrowska, graphic designer
Mikołaj Szczepkowski, developer
Greg Matys, senior developer
Magda Kęsik, project manager
Huncwot, project design and development
Adam Mickiewicz Institute, client

“In 2018, Poland celebrated 100 years of its independence. We were asked by the Adam Mickiewicz Institute, part of the cultural arm of the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, to create an interactive, multimedia guide for an English-speaking audience covering Poland’s path to independence. The details of Polish history from 1880 to 1917 are obscure even for Poles, so our main goal was to present the information in a compelling and simplified way. The guide (whereispoland.com) consists of nine chapters in chronological order. It can be read as a whole, but each chapter is also an independent entity revealing another key aspect of Polish culture. There are several depths of narration to fulfill the needs of different types of visitors, from casual ones to researchers, and the guide contains many unusual interactive applications, which are not easily found in historical projects like this. For example, in the chapter on women and emancipation, visitors can design and print their own protest banners using original sentences by Polish suffragists. Or, when reading about censorship, they can take part in an online conversation—similar to Messenger chatbot—and try to persuade a customs official from 1880 that their books are legal to travel with.” 

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