Currently the most famous Slovak illustrator, that remains unknown in Slovakia. Martina Pauková is represented by one of the most known illustration agencies in the world—Agent Pekka. Her work has skyrocketed in popularity in the last couple of years. Creating humorous, jam-packed images in a trademark palette and Memphis-inspired patterns have built her an increasingly impressive list of clients like Google, Apple, New Yorker, Cannes Lions, Washington Post and many more.
Martina comes to Eastern to talk about her journey: from serving coffee at Starbucks to the Mount Everest of the illustration world.
This year's Slovak Design Award laureate, design teacher and one of the leading Slovak typographers, Samo Čarnoký, teaches visual communication at Technical University of Košice. As a designer, he focuses on type design, book and editorial design. He significantly helps to spread the awareness of Slovak design internationally as author/co-author of publications about Slovak temporary typography (Fonts SK), and its tradition (NEONa).
Samo comes to Eastern to talk about the strongest generation of Slovak typography so far, and its unexpected connection to graffiti.
Founded in 2011 in Kyiv, Red Dot: Agency of the Year 2018. Seven distinctions in this renowned competition alone are proof of the quality of their work. Banda is the most famousfull-serviceUkrainian agency with uniquecreative know-how. Within only eight years, Banda Agency received more than a hundred prizes and worked with renowned clients like Ukraine Now, Comfy, Uber, Puma and the Eurovision Song Contest.
Banda comes to Eastern to talk about specifics of the advertising and design environment in Ukraine.
In 1999, Peter started Typotheque type foundry and co-founded art & design journal Dot Dot Dot with Stuart Bailey back in 2000. Moving on, Peter founded Works That Work—a magazine of unexpected creativity. Together with Andrej Krátky, he co-founded Fontstand.com, a font rental platform. Peter actively collaborates with a choreographer Lukas Timulak, creating modern dance performances. They have started Make-Move-Think.org together—a foundation for interdisciplinary artistic collaborations. Peter is also teaching at the Type & Media, a postgraduate course at the Royal Academy of Arts, The Hague.
Peter comes to Eastern to talk about his love of unexpected creativity.
Anna Marešová is a product designer focusing on industrial design. She has caught media's attention with her thesis—a proposal of erotic aids for women, which she then realised and founded her company under the name Whoop.de.doo. In 2016 she received the prestigious RedDotAward for her Whoop.de.doo vibrator. Her work has appeared at exhibitions in Prague, London and New York. Anna'slast project, where she cooperated with Transportation Company of Prague—a lookout tram for Prague T3, saw the light of day in Autumn 2018. This project received the Red Dot 2019 Honorable mention.
Anna comes to Eastern to talk about how the local context conditions her work when designing daring products in heavily regulated segments.
Martin is a typographer, book designer, blogger, publicist, and the author of Books and Typography. He designs books for tens of thousands of readers as well as various bizarre marginals for only six people in the world, fairy tales for kids, etiquettes for limited-edition spirits, as well as poetry collections, with which he subsequently harasses his friends or Czech public. He replaces the lack of talent with diligence and not-so-very witty mystifications on social networks.
Martin comes to Eastern to talk about reducing the number of fonts, colours and projects – to have more peace and more time to wait for death.
Felix Pfäffli and Raphael Leutenegger are an independent design studio based in Lucerne, Switzerland that creates visual concepts. They work internationally with clients like Nike, Google, Hermès or The New York Times as well as more locally with institutions like Wanderlust or the Nuits Sonores Festival in France, Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts, Südpol or the Luzerner Theater.