Already 7 years have passed since the beginning of Vizkultura – the top national web portal for culture & arts.
Upon the 7th anniversary, to single out merely 7 postings which marked those 7 years, the main editor of Vizkultura – Ivan Dorotić – took upon himself this, as he called it, toughest task ever. One of the projects that he specifically pointed out was Vizkultura’s Plakatiranje (=Postering), which has resulted in the design of over 240 posters so far.
Among his favourite posters, he singled out the one by Maša Vukmanović – Kulturna zabit [Cultural Boondocks] – as the one that hit the spot. As Dorotić himself says, this particular poster is ‘a pretty good metaphor of the idea that Postering was aiming for, and often succeeded in achieving; through the designers’ language, their visual elaborations and artistic concepts to address the current topics in society.‘
At the beginning of summer, we already reported as Maša’s design trio – Maša Vukmanović + Jelena Lukač Kirš + Jakov Šrajer – was riding the wave of success with their design for Croatian furniture brand Milla & Milli.
This October it became apparent, not once, but twice, that the aforementioned success of the Waves bar cabinet wasn’t a fluke, as it received two more design awards within the same week – the BigSEE Product Design Award 2019 and the BigSEE Wood Award 2019, which are given for the best product design pieces in South-East Europe, the region with over 340 million people that is considered to be one of the most creative in the world.
In addition to that, the trio was invited to give a lecture as part of the BigSEE Lectures 180° in Ljubljana. On that occasion, the three of them brought the crowd to speed with the complete Waves bar cabinet’s creation process.
And since both Maša and Jelena were born in October, also within one week, this was truly a unique birthday gift for them!
Our Design Rode the Wave of Success and Brought Us the Red Dot Product Design Award 2019
Red Dot Award is regarded as the world’s most prominent award for industrial, product and communication design. At the beginning of July this year, product design trio Maša Vukmanović + Jelena Lukač Kirš + Jakov Šrajer rode the wave of success yet again – at the gala ceremony in Essen, Germany the trio was presented with this prestigious design award!
In the sea of more than 5500 works by the world’s top-notch designers, Maša and her team took home this valuable accolade thanks to another fruitful collaboration with Croatian design furniture brand Milla & Milli, produced by Mundus Viridis, this time for the Waves bar cabinet design.
With that in mind, it is clear why at the award ceremony this furniture design piece called for a proper toast!
BIG SEE is the newest, latest and most exiting emerging platform under the BIG umbrella. SEE is Southeast Europe. And it brings together 19 countries and 340 million people in what we feel, claim and exclaim is the most compelling, most creative region in the world.
It is a great honor to be awarded with Big See Wood Design award, among so many fantastic works from many talented designers.
We mentored the first Zagreb Service Jam
Global Service Jam is a once-a-year 3-day global workshop that has existed for the last 12 years. Its goal is teaching and learning about service design, design thinking method and the importance of customer experience, with the purpose of creating new insights and approaches to solving problems. This year for the very first time GSJ was organized in Zagreb, and at the same time, from Friday 9th till Sunday 11th of March, it was held in more than 80 cities across the world.
For us, Zagreb Service Jam was even more special. The reason was that, after getting a call from Petra Ravlić, Marina Milić Kravar, Katarina Pranjić and Tea Zavacki – top-notch licensed design thinking coaches from Zagreb-based firm Radilica – our Teo Drempetić Čonkić gladly joined as one of the mentors in this exciting workshop. With a lot of inspiration, knowledge sharing and fun, over 30 participants from various industries divided in five teams, through 48-hour workshop held at recently opened TechnoPark, gained new know-how and through practical work sharpened their skills while solving significant problems of today’s society, such as recycling and upcycling of organic waste, lack of the sharing culture, and possibilities for career change.
The main aim of the workshop was for each participant to be at least a bit happier, smarter and more connected after it, and to have some fun during the process. Extra confirmation for successful team leadership through design thinking challenges Teo got on Sunday right after the teams presented their final solutions at BizKoshnica. They chose team called ReUp, led by him, as the winner of the first Zagreb Service Jam, for which he is grateful to his team members who were open to suggestions and to working with each other, with which they encouraged one another to having a successful workshop outcome.
Various Croatian media (see here, here and here) covered the news about this creative weekend in amazing company which we will remember for a long time, and we will see you, if not even sooner, at the next Jam!
Yet another exciting and fruitful year is behind us. And to show that we are not merely tourists on Vizkultura’s lists of design project popularity, after 1st place in the category Plakatiranje (Postering) and 2nd place in the category Produktiranje (Productioning) in 2016, in 2017 we were again among the most popular in the category Produktiranje – our Olá! hanging lamp hit the 4th spot by popularity.
So far it looks like Olá! has a bright future ahead. Year 2018, here we come!
We had learned that awards really account for something upon receiving an invitation from China to participate in the fifth edition of the largest design trade fair in Asia — SZIDF (Szenzhen International Industrial Design Fair), which took place in November 2017, with Future Design Smart Manufacturing being the main topic.
The invitation came shortly after Maša’s work, the first Croatian solar-powered electric vehicle charging station, Elen Leaf, received the renowned IF Design Award. For the fair organizers, among other things, the award-winning work was relevant due to China’s national strategy, which plans to fuel all of the road traffic with electric energy within only ten years from now.
Except from our work getting a lot of attention at the studio’s fair stand, Maša was invited to hold a workshop for the local entrepreneurs, managers and creatives, to whom through design thinking method she explained the thought process behind development of a product before releasing it to the market. She still has not started speaking Chinese, but luckily there was an official translator which allowed smooth communication with the attendees who carefully listened to and some of them even recorded Maša’s presentation.
To make her rather short stay at the far east as least boring as possible, as a part of the Shenzhen fair, Maša was also a guest at the live show by a Chinese national online-TV channel. Accompanied by her two exceptional colleagues, Richard Hutten from the Netherlands and Ian Wong from Australia, she participated in a public talk on sustainability and future of design, thereat pointing out that for important social change, smart thinking of government apparatus is necessary, but also that a designer has the power to point the society in the right direction.
There was some talk about product design this morning on the first channel of Croatian National TV as a part of one of the longest-running Croatian TV shows – Good morning, Croatia. A TV enclosure by Ksenija Foretić and HRT TV crew was all about the work of Thinkobjects team and their hanging lamp – Olá! – which we have recently presented in a few exhibitions in the region.
You can watch HRT’s full enclosure at the Thinkobjects website to check what exactly Maša and Jakov talked about.
The jury of the most prominent regional packaging design competition – RegPak – recognized the magic bursting out of Koprivila’s beauty product series and decided to nominate it for this year’s award, which made Koprivila fly among the last year’s best designed packaging of the whole region.
We are grateful to our client, Mr. Željko Franja, for supporting our ideas, and are proud because this goes to show that with good + smart design it is possible to outshine already established brands.