Interview with Tímea Andorka & Zsófia Júlia Szilágyi, Typographer/Curator, HU

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Tímea Andorka

Tímea and Zsófia are both creative forces in their own right, where literature and art collide in to create one of the most visually appealing exhibitions in Hungary.


Tímea Andorka | Zsófia Júlia Szilágyi | MUSE Awards
Tímea Andorka | Zsófia Júlia Szilágyi | MUSE Awards

Interview with the 2019 MUSE Design Awards Winner - Tímea Andorka

1Please give us a brief bio of yourself and your design background.

Tímea Andorka is a professional graphic and exhibition designer based in Budapest, Hungary. She mainly designs books, exhibition identities and theatre posters. Zsófia Júlia Szilágyi is a curator, literary historian and an interior designer in a museum of a town near Budapest.

2Tell us a bit about your business and what you do.

Tímea is a freelance typographer, Zsófia is a curator in a museum. Tímea is interested by the history of letters, Zsófia is seeking the significance of texts. Together, they like to think about how literature can be exhibited.

3Congratulations! As the winner of the 2019 Muse Awards, what does it mean to you and your company and team to receive this award distinction?

Thank you! I think when we are planning a really good exhibition, we are always having more questions than answers. This doesn’t mean we are unthoughtful or uncertain, as the vision always has to be very exact, conscious and powerful. This prize proved me that we are asking questions with the right method, and the vision that we planned is in harmony with the content.

4Can you explain a bit about the winning work you entered into the 2019 Muse Awards, and why you chose to enter this project?

The winning art exhibition is part of an exhibition series that exhibits Hungarian literary magazines. We chose this project because this was our second project together. We like our first one as well, but this work ended up being more mature and clear.

5What was the biggest challenge with this project?

The most difficult part of every literature exhibition is to decide how the text should appear at the exhibition. In this project it was more challenging to demonstrate the extraordinary diversity of the magazine but to keep the concept coherent and not letting the different parts falling apart.

6Where do you see the evolution of creative industry going over the next 5-10 years?

I think the vision will play an even greater role in the future, the strong visual stimulation against the content. This is nothing new. However, the conceptuality will become more personalised, more dependent on the recipient.

7If you were a student entering this industry or an aspiring Muse Award submitter, what advice would you give them?

Don’t think about how you can win, how you can show up and what is trendy! Try to find the most suitable form for the content! Never do anything just for the vision, only if it is needed for the content, too!

8Tell us something you have never told anyone else.

I am thinking about a strategic board game for my own children. The aim of the game is to create an art exhibition - maybe I will finish it by Christmas.

9Who has inspired you in your life and why?

David Bowie. Just like the concept of the V&A exhibition said it: “David Bowie is all around us”. There isn’t any deliberately planned career path than his path, which affected my thinking so softly and silently that sometimes I haven’t even noticed just afterwards. Beyond the connection between his lyrics and songs, he used very clear visual statements regarding social roles, the stage, fashion, irony, the writing, tipography, arts and the science. This complexity assume an attitude that we should keep in mind: A continuous awareness of the world around us and a professional creative team who is open to everything and know how to express his revolutionary statements.



Winning Entries

Novi Sad Orpheuses. Új Symposion Exhibition | 2019

Novi Sad Orpheuses. Új Symposion Exhibition | Tímea Andorka | Zsófia Júlia Szilágyi | MUSE Awards
Új Symposion was a progressive, experimental literary and artistic journal with a strong visuality in Vojvodina, the Hungarian region of Yugoslavia...
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Tímea Andorka

Tímea Andorka


My name is Tímea Andorka, graphic designer of culture. Being of culture means being addicted to it.


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