My name is Ivan Dilberović and I come from over the rainbow country. My best friend is my dog who trusts me more than any human. I own a large bed and a Starck juicy salif which I find very useful and clever, easy to clean and nice to look at. Thank You sir Starck! My favorite drinks are freshly squeezed orange juice (Starck, the Man) and cranberry ice tea, but only for its bright magenta color. I sit like I’m gay, but actually I’m straight. I never buy bottled water, don’t know how to eat properly, and feel bored and uncomfortable in large crowds where everyone is dressed in shades of black and white. Oh, and brown, of course! I find sarcasm a powerful weapon. Even though I finished music school (thank you parents for wasting my precious childhood), I’m worlds worst dancer and singer, still, I dance and sing like there’s no tomorrow. I think of myself as a hypocrite, but trying to fix it. My favorite books are Calvin and Hobbes – complete collection by Bill Watterson and Do Good
Design by David B. Berman. Almost forgot The Elements of Typographic Style by Robert Bringhurst
I don’t visit any internet news portals and haven’t watched TV for long time (I dont have one). Ever since, I’m less informed on the topics that are not of my concern and interest, and I feel much happier overall. Instead of that I use StumbleUpon on topics: Graphic Design, Industrial Design, Architecture, Dogs, Science, Humor, Comics. Great source of inspiration and positivity.
I find television very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go into the other room and read a book.
I love quotes because I think that people who are much smarter than me have already said everything wise. We should listen to them.
Everyone thinks I’m rude over the phone, but I simply hate to talk into the machine next to my face. After two minutes of conversation, the phone gets warmer and my ear starts to burn. Hate that feeling. I have three huge scars on my right leg and they don’t have names. People say that I’m an attention whore. I dislike the word whore. Never understood any of David Lynchs movies so I decided not to watch them any more.
I don’t really care much about politics. Even though, as a citizen, my duty is to vote, I never do so. I feel that if I’d vote, I wouldn’t have the right to feel unsatisfied because I made the decision myself, so I just sit aside and watch the elections. That way I can always criticize their every wrong move without being a hypocrite (told you I’m trying to fix it)
Ever since I was 12 I knew I wanted to be a graphic designer. After high school (must mention my Arts teacher who was awesome) I went to Faculty of Graphic Arts at University of Zagreb. I could never fit in there. I was always into minimal design with a punchline, but they were teaching me maximalism (!?!) with no punchline and a lot of technical stuff which were never of my interest. Wrong choice I’d say. Anyways, I graduated few years later and decided to stay and work as assistant at the department of Graphic Design. I worked with great professor on two great subjects. Working with students was inspiring and I found bonding relationship with them! Meanwhile, I worked at College of Multimedia, Application & Design in Varaždin on subjects of Visual Culture and Graphic Design. Awesome experience!
My favorite parts of design are Social Design and Typography. Favorite medium is poster. Hand lettering and calligraphy are my joy. My favorite letter shape is current letter a, my favorite glyph is italic ampersand in some typefaces and my favorite ligature is fi. I adore small caps and old style numerals. Hate e-books. I love fine paper structure, smell of wood and shape of some typefaces that I find sexy and they all cause my heart race. My every project begins on a piece of paper with doodles of boxes and letters. Every time the same start. I suck at drawing. My inspiration are the streets and the writings on the walls. Love the work of Mirko Ilić.
Writing texts longer than 5 words is tricky for me, but this one was pretty enjoyable and also the longest text I’ve written since my high school papers. Also, I’ve never used the word I so many times in one text, maybe the attention whore part was true.
Thank you Calvin for this wonderful inspiration.