Jiri Mocek came to graphic design through his love of music and club culture. “I’ve been collecting and playing records for over 12 years, so my first experience with graphic design was through designing posters for DJ gigs and sleeves for mixtapes,” says Czech Republic-born Jiri.
The designer’s portfolio is a cacophony of monochrome work spattered with colour, spanning poster work, invitations, books, catalogues and identities, and rather than focusing on a particular style, Jiri pays special attention to typography in his projects. Currently studying at UMPRUM Design University in Prague, Jiri came to design education fairly late at 27, but it’s allowed him to work on an array of projects and he considers it the “best decision I’ve made”. Some project highlights include an invitation to an exhibition with a simple yet bold graphic, and a catalogue for a photography exhibition in Berlin.
A project’s process varies for Jiri depending on the needs of the client. “But from my experience, it’s important for me to have a concrete conception of the project at the very beginning as it saves so much time,” he explains. This clarity is a key part of the solutions Jiri creates: “I am mostly trying to convey clear and and fast visual information, which for me, is one of the main elements of graphic design.”
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Rebecca became staff writer at It’s Nice That in March 2016 before leaving the company at the end of 2017. Before joining the company full time she worked with us on a freelance basis many times, as well as stints at Macmillan Publishers, D&AD, Dazed and frieze.