The theme of the 2018 iteration of Lielais Kristaps National Film Award is “Sights & Sounds”. That’s why Kristaps is carrying a boom mic and a tape recorder.
More stuff coming soon.
Logo for a research organization in Budapest.
Check them out here.
Identity for a fellow designer and entrepreneur Kristine Plaude’s clothing label.
A documentary by Dāvis Sīmanis, a Latvian filmmaker. The story is about the boundary between independent Latvia and its former Soviet past, both physical and mental, represented by border towns and characters on either side of the modern border.
The jagged line I used as a graphic device in this poster is the actual outline of Latvia-Russia border. The Latvian title “Mūris” literally translates as “The Wall”.
The film premiered at the prestigious documentary festival in Nyon, Switzerland.
The new documentary by Vitaly Mansky with the self-explanatory title. The Best Documentary of the 2018 Karlovy Vary Film Festival so far.
Graphic design for a grand electronic music event organized by my good friends at Erica Synths.
Quite a unique job, since I was tasked not only with creating the design, but also naming the whole thing.
The festival is taking place at a legendary old factory, which used to produce various electro-technical equipment, including contactors. Hence the name and the logo, which is basically an industry-standard symbol for this device.
Video/animation by my dear colleague Janis Lauznis.
Kudos and much appreciation to Mr. Feldmanis for the quality work at developing the website.
Eight Stars is a film about the Latvian Riflemen by accomplished documentary filmmaker Askolds Saulītis.
Eight characters from the early 1900’s, eight amazing stories about people who put their life on the line fighting for freedom and independence. Eight posters.
The actual posters were printed in black and gold.
Latvian movie awards this year. I'm doing posters, internet banners, tickets, the program etc. More pictures coming soon.
Posters and graphic design for the annual ReRiga! festival of contemporary circus.
More pics soon.
Transitional identity for Riga Circus and Riga Circus School. Poster for the new season's first show, a gift coupon and other stuff.
The first logo says “Riga Circus is Changing”. The Circus is changing indeed, from the smelly and sometimes violent animal variety to a modern multifunctional arts center.
Photo of Thom Monckton by Aurélia Tassafi.
Poster and graphic design for an exhibition of contemporary Latvian art.
More pics coming soon.
Poster and graphic design for Latvian National Cinema Awards 2016. More stuff coming soon.
Another poster for another movie by the acclaimed documentary fimmaker Vitaly Mansky. This time he explores family connections in his native country, the conflct-torn Ukraine.
You can learn more about his work here.
The poster is done in quite an unusual technique for me nowadays – colored paper cutout, then photographed and minimum adjusted in photoshop.
Logo and graphic design for a café in downtown Riga, in the middle of the greenery by the City Canal. The name literally translates as "who's in the garden?"
Kasdarza is a Latvian folk game, where one of the players assumes the role of a bee, which must "scurry between branches and leaves". Since the wooden wall of the historic Chief Gardener's lodge was a given, I tried to interpret this principle by entwining the type into the background texture.
If you happen to be nearby, do check out the place. The terrace is fantastic in nice weather, but it's also very cosy inside and there's a dedicated chef who definitely knows what she's doing.
PS. Undeniably some stock backgrounds used on the event posters, but who doesn't, nowadays?
Baltic-Nordic Circus Network unites the various groups involved with Contemporary Circus around the Baltic Sea. They needed a logo, and here they are.
Check out their activities here.
Label for the 2015 Riesling from Papa Áron Pince (Daddy Aron's Cellar), my friends' small winery in the stunningly beautiful Hungarian Hill District. I went there this spring for some hands-on design experience, not to mention the fantastic food and Aron's gorgeous wines.
The bird actually comes from a vynil cut by Aron's father, who also happens to be a graphic artist and a designer, but is retired now.
Logo and some graphic design for my friends' bar, all text finger-written on my Mac's trackpad.
Since the bar was kind of named in my honour, this turned out to be a self-portrait of sorts, though in the beginning I did not intend it so. The weirdest part is that people seem to recognise me in the owl.
Posters and internet banner for the epic documentary about North Korea, directed by Vitaly Mansky, in English, Czech and Latvian languages. The film has been a success at several major festivals and people have been stealing my posters off the wall.
Photos from festival locations in Jihlava and Amsterdam and also from Riga where the film is released in theatres.
Posters and FB event headers for the new generation industrial music outfit in Riga, heirs to legendary Sturm.
Some feature custom typography and/or the font of my own design, Intolerance Bold.
Most of the posters are designed to be laser printed in black on colored paper and then cut in half.
Illustrations for Popper Magazine #10 Above the Ground. The issue also features a short story by yours truly.
Check it out here.
Poster and other graphic design for the Ideas' Cup 2014, an annual competition for the best new business idea held by LIAA, the Investment and Development Agency of Latvia. My work included graphics for the presentation and internet live stream of the awards ceremony.
Photos by Inese Kalnina.
Graphic design for my good longtime client's 20th anniversary celebrations, including roll-ups, a wall projection and a giveaway kit.
Grand exhibition by ORLAN, the famous French performance arts diva. It was included in the official program of Riga, European Capital of Culture 2014. I designed the poster and promo materials, as well as the centrepiece of the exhibition (light box 226 x 160 cm), a paraphrase of the classic Anton Lavinsky's 1927 poster for Sergei Eisenstein's Battleship Potemkin. Elements of this design were also used for an outdoor video installation.
Logo for a luxury pâtissiere.
Logo for the best Turkish eatery in town. Custom lettering.
Logo for a gentlemen's grooming store. Custom lettering.
Logo for an accounting service geared towards IT industry.
The second ReReRiga! festival was green and stripy.
Logo for a library digitalization software. Check them out here: colibrum.lv
Logo for a popular radio show.
Logo and graphic design for the International Street Art & World Music Festival, which was first held in Riga in 2013. The custom type is stylised after the Riga city limits sign, which was designed in 1970's and is considered a monument of Latvian design.
Some time ago a friend asked me to make a little character out of his silly keychain for some hobby project. I also designed some custom type to go with it. To my great surprise and admiration, the hobby project has grown into a full-blown startup that manufactures analog synthesisers! The little alien lives on and makes my friend very happy. Check it out here: ericasynths.lv.
A friendly charge of a co-worker.
Poster and flyer for a theatre performance.
A French and a German football fan meet at a legendary match in Madrid, 1982. Their enmities and similarities surface on the backdrop of bloody history of both countries.
In Summer 2009 I participated in a poster competition CODE in Berlin, Germany, where I was living at the time. The task was to find the modern "code" of Berlin, which I did by comparing it to the ancient Babylon, the archetypal megacity and cradle of civilisation. My code was derived from Babylonian roll-on clay seals, their imagery and style. I even researched how to write "Berlin" in cuneiform.
My work was shortlisted, printed and pasted around the city, but won no awards. For comparison, I include a picture of the three winning entries.
Poster and catalogue for the 2009 and, sadly, the last iteration of the popular film festival. The times of economic downturn and riots in the city painted the whole thing scary pink and broke some glass.
Logo for the record label of my dear friend Andrei 0id, the famous Russian electronic musician. This makes me VIP when I go to Moscow.
The third FFF was all about mystery. Hence the colour blue and mysterious hieroglyphics.
I was very excited and honoured to design this poster for a film-set exhibition by the quintessential stop-motion animators, the Quay brothers.
A self-published book of poetry and illustration titled "Golden Egg or a Man and a 'Shroom". Hard cover, nice heavy stock, three-color print, 500 ex.
What better says "extraterrestrial" or "alien", than luminiscent green? Pitty the rest of materials could not be printed with this wonderful ink. Anyway, it was a lot of fun. Poster, outdoor decoration for the theater, both sides of the flyer and the catalog.
First Riga International Fantasy Film Festival or FFF.
Series of posters for techno parties organized at the start of 2000s by a promoter collective known as Docheri Lesa (Daughters of the Forest, also a pun on the name of a local electronic musician named Les).
Includes A Girl poster that almost caused a riot. At the time there were no laws against wild postering, so we plastered the whole town in red. As a result, a couple of thousand people were blocking traffic in front of the club which could accommodate a few hundred at best…
Also the round cardboard flyer for Moscow Intelligence Agents. Hundreds of these merrily rolled around the town when thrown out of a fast moving car.
Deep Detroit was printed in silver.
Riga, 2000 – 2001
First time I used this symbol was just to separate the bits of small text on a poster for an industrial music party back in 1998. I had no idea it will become a logo, let alone the symbol for a whole subculture or movement. It literally has a life of its own now: people incorporate it into their DIY clothing and tattoo it onto their flesh. Sometimes they send me the pictures.