Thessaloniki is the second largest city in Greece. One of it’s most recognized landmarks is the White Tower. Build by the Ottomans in the 15th century (with Mimar Sinan as the speculated architect) to enhance the fortification of the city. Currently, it serves as a monument, a museum, and a public meeting spot. After a conversation with my creative Thessalonikian aunt and her suggestion, I started exploring potential ideas to transform the essence of the tower into a contemporary tourist souvenir. Read more
The evil goat eye or evil cuttlefish eye is a curse believed to be cast by the glare of a malevolent goat/cuttlefish. It is usually given to a person while they are blissfully unaware, strolling in the Greek countryside or swimming in the Aegean sea. Old folklore tales believe that receiving a stare from an evil goat/cuttlefish can cause misfortune and uncontrolled hiccups. Special talismans in the shape of a goat or a cuttlefish eye were created to ward off the evil and protect those who wear them. Read more
A few months ago I was attracted to a platform that curates Greek designers who redefine the notion of contemporary souvenirs in Greece. This is a market area in drastic need for new creative solutions, as for a long time it stayed dormant, covered in bad taste and poor execution. Designing souvenirs is a juxtaposition of cultures and products. Read more
Walking in the center of Athens we started noticing white posters with contrasting black lettering, dotting the chaotic visual landscape. Following the trail, it appears to be a cohesion, messages of hope and sadness from living breathing people, refugees or residents of Greece? Read more
The drawback with calendars is that they have an expiration date. Even though our little experiment broke even (materials / printing cost) there were a few calendars left behind and as Spring approached their chances of finding a good home diminished rapidly. So we sat down with Psit jewllery and Yellow Boots for a quick brainstorming on the subject of: What can you do with an unsold calendar? Read more
AYE was created as a team project for The Wearables for Good Challenge (UNICEF, Arm, Frog).
“A global call-to-action to develop innovative, affordable solutions to make wearables and sensor technology a game-changer for women and children across the world. A challenge to design wearable and sensor technology that serves people in resource constrained environments. (source)”We started from the highlighted causes of The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and more specifically Goal 4: Reduce child mortality. Read more
I am glad to wrap a very interesting project, created through a truly distributed collaboration. Initiated in Mexico, managed from various countries (Nepal, Tanzania, Croatia to name a few) designed in Athens and developed in Kosovo. It originated in Mexico from a group of journalists advocating transparency of government expenditure and was refined by the Engine room through a great project management by Tin Geber. I was tasked with the design of the User Interface for the web application after which the visual elements were developed into a functioning live application by the Open Data Kosovo team. Read more