Category Archives: Graphic Design

How Lowe can they go?

This is a new low even for Mullen Lowe

First published 6th of July, 2016

https://www.behance.net/gallery/40379979/Mercedes-Benz-key-visuals

Less original: by Mullen Lowe – Kuwait

First published December, 2018

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Here we go again…

Copycat, cut & paste and plagiarism are synonymous with theft, fraud and lack of creativity all of which are turning our industry into a commodity.

Stealing someone else idea and attributing it to yourself is bad enough but to win a pitch for a major luxury automotive brand in Kuwait and make huge financial benefits with a stolen idea is a crime that should be punishable by law in my view for the following reasons:

1- It does not show respect towards the Art Director who is credited with the original idea who happens to be a fellow industry practitioner – one of our own big family.

2- It does not show respect towards the client who is most likely paying an arm and a leg for the agency “creative work” while unwittingly being set up by the agency for a probable lawsuit due to their own plagiarism and betrayal of the client trust.

3- It does not show respect to any one of the numerous agencies that spent sleepless nights brainstorming, researching, sketching, crafting, etc. etc. only to lose this pitch to Mexican Art Director Oscar S. who is clueless of the fact that his work which was plagiarized by Mullen Lowe actually won the pitch for the Mercedes Kuwait account.

4- It does not show respect towards the Mullenlowe international brand and creative work by their own management and team in the Kuwait office.

What is your opinion? which point best resonated with you? please let us know in the comments section. we would love to hear your mind.

Lettering Large, a new book by Steve Heller and Mirko ilic

Steve Heller and Mirko ilic have just came out with a
new book called Lettering Large. It is one of the first books to chronicle letters as presences in the urban landscape. There are examples culled from sites across the US and throughout the world.

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The book contains over 700 images of monumental typography projects. It is about monumental typography in art, interior design and architecture.

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The book also features interesting examples from the Middle East.

L.10Published by Monacelli Press. The book will be released at the end of October.

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This book was dedicated to Milton Glaser and Mihajlo Arsovski.

For more information, please contact

Mirko Ilic Corp
207 e 32nd street
New York, NY 10016
tel. 212.481.9737

studio@mirkoilic.com

To view Mirko work in Design & illustration click the following links

www.mirkoilicdesign.com (design work) and
www.mirkoilicillo.com (illustration work)

www.mirkoilic.com

Here is a link with a sneak preview of  the book with  select spreads:
http://mirkoilic.blogspot.com/2013/08/new-book-lettering-large.html

I Confess. I Cheated.

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You’re in school taking the most important and hardest class you’ll ever take.  There’s a lot of pressure because if you make an A you’ll be guaranteed a job.  A B might get you the job depending on how everyone else in the class does.  But you’re pretty confident because you’ve worked harder than your classmates.

First test you make a B.  A few of your classmates make Cs and Ds but the majority make As, and you wonder how they did that.  Soon, you hear that one of your classmates has a copy of all the semester’s tests, obtained perhaps by cleverly hacking into the professor’s computer.  The ones who are cheating ask if you’d like to come over and “study” with them for the next test.  You decline because you don’t want to be a cheater.

You study more than you did for the last test because you know you have to just to keep up.  You end up with a B plus.  They make As again.  They’re contacted by job recruiters.  You are not.  Even some of the ones who made Cs and Ds on the first test are now making As, moving you closer to the bottom of the pack.  You’d like to tell on them, but you have no proof.  Besides, that would really tick off the whole group, and they pretty much detest you anyway for your goody-two-shoes routine.

You do what you have to.  You join them.  You make your A.  You get the job.  You’re financially independent and so happy about that.  You get married and have kids, whose piano and tennis lessons you can pay for thanks to that good job.  Your family is happy.  No regrets.  You and your college buddies laugh about that class years later.

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Dubai Lynx rules changed

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The Dubai Lynx has changed the rules for the 2013 media agency of the year title, allowing only media agencies to win the award, Campaign ME has reported. Under the new rules, advertising agencies, clients and media owners can continue to enter and win a media Lynx, but the involvement of the media agency or media department is now a mandatory field on the entry form, with the media agency and not the creative agency being allocated points towards the media agency of the year title. “The reality is that the media category should reward tactical media planning and placement and these changes will reflect that,” said Terry Savage, chairman of Lions Festivals, organiser of the Lynx.

Source: http://www.ameinfo.com/dubai-lynx-rules-changed-327809

 

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Above screen shot from Dubai Lynx 2012 website.

Work abroad

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AgencyKaffeine, Kiev, Ukraine
Creative Director / Art Director: Dima Tsapko
Designer: Roman Davydyuk
Copywriter: Nadya Skrynnyk
Photographer: Konstantin Rudeshko
Interior Designer: BLUEMOLOKO
Published: December 2012