When not designing identities for corporate clients, Belgrade-based graphic designer Marko Vuleta-Djukanov has a significant side-hustle in poster design for the city’s coolest club nights. Featuring cut and paste shapes, cute cartoons and colour a-plenty, his distinctive style adds a touch of warmth to even the edgiest of artists.
But it’s his posters for live stream session show Opskura that particularly caught our eye. Featuring DJs like London’s Joe Hart, Inga Mauer and Sacha Mambo, Belgrade’s low-key answer to Boiler Room is run by Marko with friends Bojan Lüle Gajic and Nebojsa Bogdanović. “The initial concept was to make space where people can play or perform material that is expectation-free and something that they enjoy playing for themselves,” Marko explains.
Fittingly, Marko has created a poster series that oozes relaxed vibes and casual listening. Given that sessions are only announced two or three days before the gig, he wanted to develop a distinctive brand style that was easily recognisable. Inspired by vintage magazines, his design combines a strict layout format with rough and ready photography picked from his personal archive or made in collaboration with photographer Aleksa Vitorovic. “I pick photos that look like everyday stuff you can see while scanning around the room, street or club, but that still have a little twitch or spark that happens between the observer and the image,” he says.
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