Last week I finished my new experimental typography work called "99a project". Here's more about that ...
99a is a typographic project specifically created to assist designers in creating new fonts and characters. The project aims to inspire artists to create new typefaces but also facilitate the operation and provide basic (vector) base in the drafting process. Thus the user can create serious and creative typographic results in an innovative and fun way.
Background of the project consists of three hand-made posters with variations on the letter A, a symbolic beginning but also prevalent in the world of letters whose signs are primary web generator database, based on which a user generates alternating results, that is, inspirational posters.
The number of characters is limited to 99 with the intent for the very artist to complete the series, creating its own one hundredth mark. Additionally, the final offered, ninety-ninth character is the only character in this project done by hand, with the intent to point out the freedom in creation of modern typography.
99a generator is free for use / download of lower resolution posters, provided that the users can also buy three original vector posters.
In August last year I’ve been given a chance to visit Bali, beautiful Indonesian island decorated with
incredible nature, smiling people and inspiring culture. It was a call to be a part of the startup line
of a colorful international team of creatives, designers and programmers who have worked on this
paradise island on several parallel projects during 2012 related to new media and social networks. A
call I, naturally, could not refuse.
In the beginning of September, along with my wife, I packed my
bags and travel to Vienna, then on a plane across Eastern Europe and Central Asia we flew straight to
Taipei (Taiwan), and afterwards to Denpasar (Bali).
The plan was to design and enjoy until the end of the world (a story of 21.12 was popular in that time), that is,
until Christmas breaks and then come back to the EU.
That’s how it, more or less, happened. After we
landed in Denpasar airport, which is located on the ocean shore, we were momentarily taken aback
by a pleasant wave of heat and specific "taste" of Indonesian air. We were greeted with a large paper
panel with our names on it amongst the sea of people, by a colorful driver who drove us through
some interesting parts of Denpasar to the agency headquarters, villa "Good Karma" where we met
some really interesting people on that same day, my future colleagues.
On the very first night we found out that our quest for food and drink will be an everyday
task in exciting locations, and for the first night out our friends took us to a wonderful and
modest "Indotopia". This is a local restaurant with an emphasis on the combination of Vietnamese
and Indonesian cuisine, where we tasted, during our stay, all the dishes they offer and we have, in
addition to several neighboring restaurants, put it on our favorite list.
During our first days I had to obtain a scooter and perfect the skill of driving it because the streets
of Bali are swarming with these vehicles. Any form traffic order during the ride, except on few traffic
lights, you can forget about. Renting a scooter costs about $ 50 a month, and with the low cost of
fuel, which is casually sold in every yard, "traditionally" in vodka bottles, this price was quite ok.
In addition to unbelievable traffic jams and anarchy (especially in the center of Denpasar which
we literally avoided), driving through the streets of Bali was a real challenge and required constant
What I never understood is the fact that the locals buy really huge cars, which are a real problem for
traffic on the narrow roads of the country.
Let's go back to our everyday life ... After few days spent with friends we found accommodation, and
together with our roommates and colleagues from Russia and Canada we have spent the rest of the
time in a beautiful villa by the ocean (which we eventually called "Bad Karma") in the region "Canggu"
located roughly between Kuta and beautiful Ubud. Our working hours ended between 5 and 6 PM,
and the weekends were free, so we had plenty of time to explore the, primarily local, wonders of the
new neighborhood and the region, and eventually of the neighboring islands as well (Lembongan, Gili
island - Lombok).
We’ve spent first weeks in practicing of local rules, crazy rides, but also in exploring the regions of
Canggu, Kuta and surrounding beaches.
One of the first and most memorable trips was a visit to
the active volcano Gunung Batur and the nearby village of the dead. To Batur, located in the heart
of the island, we traveled on three scooters, the ride lasted approximately two hours and along the
way we visited the market in Ubud, farms that produce Kopi Luwak, the most expensive coffee in the
world, etc. Since we went on our marry way quite late that day the night caught us on the first big
pass before descent to the volcano valley, so in all this we had some strange luck that we ran into
a relative of one of the guides who are licensed for volcanic tours, which was necessary for our little
adventure. We immediately agreed on the price and route, eaten local food and had a Bintang (a very
important drink whose drinking we practice religiously every day during our stay in Indonesia :)), and
afterwards we proceeded to a little sleeping house on the shores of Lake Batur. The guide woke us
up at 3:30 in the morning, as he promised. As soon as we were ready we went down to the village
where in a small market we were greeted by seemingly wise old man who has come prepared with
tea, bottles of water and some light snacks. Afterwards we drove to the top of Gunung Batur. It was
an unusual tour because there were dozens of tourists along with us, arranged in groups, and since it
was pitch dark the only thing you could see in the distance were the lamps in columns that stretched
to the middle of the volcano. Everything reminded me of the night of elves’ journey in Tolkien's LOTR
The first part of the journey was tiring, but when the first rise began things have become
more difficult. One can say that the very top of the track is not exactly the safest place for the
inexperienced, especially taking into consideration that this was a night climb. But everything had its
own charm and purpose. We arrived at the top of volcano just before dawn where we were greeted
with banana waffles baked on stone and very good tea, and all this accompanied with a spectacular
sunrise. Indescribable. Along the way we checked the volcanic crater from which smoke was rising
steadily, and at which the main side attraction were monkeys who were doing their monkey business,
mainly looting food from tourists and showing off in front of them.
The guide decided to reward us with an extra route taking us along the whole volcano and descending
us on the opposite side of the volcano, where we saw numerous geysers and similar miracles and
finally, around 3 PM, we safely descended back to the village.
Fatigue was evident, but this was not the end.
Since we found out that the lake at the foot of the
volcano, where the aforementioned village was located, is actually a colossal extinguished crater
of the giant volcano that has raged here hundreds of years ago, we decided to investigate this
phenomenon as well. And we knew that there is no better way of exploring the area than tasting the
local food, which meant only one thing ... wonderful lunch in wooden huts floating on the lake.
After lunch we went to Trunyan, the village of the dead, which was located on onshore inaccessible
part of the lake, we rented a wooden boat with a guide and sailed off to the location. I must mention
that the journey from the village to the port from which we sailed was the craziest piece of riding
I had the opportunity to experience. The village of the dead itself is a holly part of the region that
is unique affectionately only for local residents. They, in fact, leave their deceased family members
there, out in the open, wrapped only in thin sheets and placed in a thin bamboo baskets through
which one can see the deceased.
The bodies were left under a big tree that was neutralizing odors, and money was scattered
everywhere, mostly coins and the occasional private belonging or a "gift." When the body of the
deceased completely rotted, his/her skull and sometimes other bones as well, would be placed to rest
with many other dead ancestors. A fascinating but also quite scary tradition.
This is where our first major routes ended, we went back to Bad Karma villa full of impressions
and with a desire for more. However, here I will end the opening, or should I call it first part of the
story of Bali. I will do my best to write the rest of the story as soon as possible in hopes that in the
meantime, a curious reader or a friend from the trip will arise.
Even though I promised more posts, this unfortunately hasn’t come true in the
first half of the year because I was "interrupted" in this intention by my visit to
Indonesia. But I promise to write a proper post about this adventure, which will
hopefully cover the gap.
For now, that is, for the end of this year I would like to do
a brief review on somewhat more important events for me that have marked it.
In the first half of 2012, by some miracle, I managed to do some great work with
freelance clients, beside my work in Hipinspire agency. There have been names
like California diamond brand 24intl, platform oLyfe, Austrian Rays Lab and
potential cooperation with IKEA brand, as well as UI / UX work for Sony Ericsson
/ Microsoft!!! Some of the works I cannot present in my portfolio at the moment
due to contractual obligations (except closed, personal preview for clients), while
others, including some of new personal works in the field of typography, I will
post on my Behance portfolio / ProSite probably during the next month.
In addition to business gigs I worked intensively on my eco-art project called Ekowise. You can find more about this on www.ekowise.com as well as on the official blog. I will briefly mention that Ekowise as a project, in only
few months of its existence, has been able to apply on the European Youth
Award and break into the top 30 of 1150 registered participants! In addition to
I activated my "Everyday VJ" visual blog where I held a solid
constant of posting. The blog is thematically related to visual experiments and
As for the events besides the digital world, there have been few trips to the EU,
adventures on the Adriatic coast (Italy and Croatia), a couple of great festivals
and concerts, beautiful camping at the River Una with my wife and friends on
occasion of our first wedding anniversary, and finally three month long trip to
In any case, 2012 was a great year for me, and I hope it was for you as well, so I
would be super happy if the next one was even close to good as this.
And that's it
for this short review, good luck to you in the upcoming year, read you soon!
After I discovered Nanamee last year, I decided to post some graphics, from time to time. Things like 3D renders, textures, photography and even some free downloads. For those who haven’t been introduced to it, Nanamee is a great palce of resources for design, so I believe that each of you will find something useful. Also, to all those who haven’t yet visited this weird stock site, I advise to do so, if nothing then out of curiosity or maybe even inspiration.
On the other hand if you need to share or sell a digital stuff, and at the same time passively earn some money, then you should consider starting your own graphic merchant account. Nanamee will, at the very beginning, look for a quality control check, that is, they will ask you to submit test files, but if you have at least basic knowledge of design, photography or audio production, the entire verification process will go pretty quickly and your store can be ready in a few days .
My Nanamee store can be found here, good luck with sales!
My new long-term project called "Ekowise" is live!
Ekowise is an independent and open movement based on a connection of eco and artistic activism which operates through activities of artists in correspondence with nature. If you imagine a freedom of innovation and artwork creation which serves not only as craftwork exhibit or short-term hit, but as an act or a piece through which you directly influence changes around you, then you can easily figurate this idea.
Ekowise’s purpose is to connect seemingly incompatible things, untamed creative and free human nature and the environment as the basis of everything into one open ecosystem. Earth is a big atelier, infinite inspirational creative space enriched with human imagination. Such studio requires its artists. So one of the main goals is to connect you (artist, musician, desginer ...) with our foundations and lead you a step further in attempts to change the world and consciousness towards something better.
If you really wish to make change, no less ambitious than change of the world or consciousness of humanity towards something better – you now have the unique opportunity! Whether you’re an artist / art group, ecologist / eco community /organization, or simply an eco conscious individual, you can regularly contribute to the spread of your own ideas, the spread of common wave of consciousness. For starters, as an individual, look at the world from the point of view of a person which by everyday acts improves itself, society, and nature without harmful or negative side-effects on any of the three mentioned elements. If you are willing to help the evolution of this movement, the least you can do is spread the word and info about this project to your circle of friends, associates, as well as through internet, that is social web networks. Go green!!!
You can visit official Ekowise website here blog is here and additionally you can find my design process and showcase for this project here.
A warm welcome is inevitable as an opening line with which every author wants to melt the hearts of potential future readers and followers, and the very word “welcome” is certainly the first one in 99% of the case in first posts on new blogs. So, if that is the case then I too wish you a warm bujrum, or welcome a Bosnian way (well, this should be an educative blog in a way).
Certainly, right after the welcome there is a short description in which it is important to emphasize the reasons for writing the post, or blog. I have several… For starters, there are the basic ones like my wish to expand my circle of friends and associates, but also to throw in some ideas and attitudes (because everyone seems to have one these days, although I believe it shouldn’t really be so). The final reason is certainly my work in progress (design, typography, generative art, VJing) and photography, and just maybe a tutorial or two might happen… I don’t know.
I should mention that this is not my first blog, there were few, more or less successful, but they were all intended for Balkan’s speaking area, related to VJing like Dyya VJ blog (2008-9) and EveryDay VJ (2011-13).
In addition to my experience in blogging I have years of experience scraping by in underground fanzines, webzines (hint SUB , but also a six years long work in leading BH IT magazines (hint INFO) as an associate on above mentioned subjects.
Let’s go back to the content of this blog which will contain, aside from above mentioned work in progress, a few lines about new / old projects and ideas and I will definitely review other people’s work, inspiration, and current IT and creative industry. Considering that I intensively research and explore, for the past ten years, everything connected to digital technology, creative but also every form of innovative software, hardware, creative industry in particular, blockbusters of visual art, design, and everything connected to it (which is often the reason of my procrastination at work).
At the end of this intro, I must grace you with another cliché. This one’s concerned with communication and often ostensible openness to all readers in the form of “for any form of cooperation, connections and similar write to me on my email, bla, bla, bla”. I don’t know about you, but I don’t get a lot of response to that kind of mails. However, worry not, I don’t intend to follow that negative trend. But every smart request certainly is in advantage, and there’s also the possibility of commenting, so dig in. Thank you for your time, read you soon.