Our northern neighbors announced the winners of this year’s Slovak Design Award, the Slovak design competition on December 10. The international jury selected from the pool of the best design communication projects made in 2018 and 2019, from brightly colored festival visual identity to borovička packaging. Check them out below!
ANIMATION AND VIDEO
The power of the short film “On the platform in New York” lies in the use of playful typography: the original shots of Slovak actors in the “Big Apple” are combined with experimental typographical solutions.
„Podivuhodné dejiny umenia s profesorom škrečkom” that is „Professor Hamster and the fantastic history of arts” – interactive content at the exhibition of the Slovak National Gallery
Fuczik a Kakalík – Ondřej Horák, David Kalika; lab.SNG
The website made with educational purposes offers a fascinating way to introduce kids to the works of art of the Slovak National Gallery: the funny and lovable character of Professor Hamster and the captivating stories entertain both children and adults.
How can the activity of the ombudsman be expressed in a visual form? Designer duo Andrej & Andrej captured the mission of the officers examining citizens’ complaints in a clean yet expressive visual identity, featuring an exclamation mark, of course.
Fest Anča’s 2018 campaign displays the archetypical tools of animation in bright, vivid colors, with an eye-catching design.
BOOKS AND PUBLICATIONS
The publications Čierne diery – „Technické pamiatky a zabudnuté miesta Slovenska”, „Stratená Bratislava”,„Železničné vodojemy Slovenska” that is „Slovakia’s forgotten spots and industrial monuments”, „Forgotten Bratislava”, and „Railway reservoirs in Slovakia”
The activity of Čierne diery is notable in itself: all of their publications focusing on the architectural heritage of Slovakia are exciting, high quality and gap filling both in terms of content and design.
The English website is not only worth visiting for representatives of the graphic design scene. In addition to featuring fascinating topics, the website offers an exciting user experience to those interested in graphic design: the CriticalMeter is our absolute favorite.
PACKAGING AND OBJECT
Pergamen studio gave a new life to the label of the oldest borovička in production since 1905, portraying the juniper berry with a stylized design. Respect for traditions, with a modern twist.
The street signs of Slovakia’s public spaces painted in their national colors have been dominant elements of the streetscape since the fifties. The originally hand-drawn typeface was digitalized by graphic designer Ondrej Jób, thus preserving the Manual Grotesk font and its legacy for posterity.
POSTER AND VISUALS
„Courage and risk. 100 years of design in the Museum of Applied Arts”
Deep Throat Studio – Jozef Ondrík, Matúš Buranovský
The studio operating in the Czech capital not only raises attention with their name, but their unique perspective, too – and they did exactly the same in the case of the poster made for the Museum of Applied Arts in Prague: it is unorthodox and brave yet easy to read, thus making a perfect match for the exhibition.
Livre Paris 2019. Slovak stand at the Paris International Book Fair
Ateliér Choma – Pavel Choma, Martin Kubina, Ové Pictures – Michaela Čopíková, Veronika Obertová
The Slovaks owe a tasteful and functional stand to the designers of Atelier Choma and Ové Pictures: the screen floating above the heads of visitors portraying a circular ribbon displays various animated content related to contemporary literature.
The emoticons related to Czech culture allow us to respond to everyday happenings in an entertaining manner. Of course the funny set is primarily great for our Czech friends when they write a shopping list or plan a trip (hopefully in the near future).
AWARD FOR EMINENT DESIGNERS AND COLLECTIVES
Smart Folder – folder that can be converted into a box for commercial bank ČSOB (Československá obchodná banka)
Jaroslav Vígh, partners: Ivan Tichý (art director), Dajana Székelyová (copywriter), Anh Doan (head account manager), i+i print
ENVIRONMENTALLY RESPONSIBLE DESIGN
Oskar Čepan award – exhibition design and visual appearance