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Bratislav Milenković


For Bratislav Milenković you could already say that he is an acclaimed illustrator among the younger generation of Serbian artists and designers. Besides the crafty and inventive playing around with typography, which underlines his entire opus, Bratislav has been dedicated to building the status of a pure illustrator among graphic designers. It is a position which he swiftly conquered, and in no other way but by working with some of the leading magazines on the planet, including The New York Times, Wired, Financial Times or Computer Arts.
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    Why did you decide to join the Side Effects team and submit one of your works for the debut series.

    First of all, I thought that an initiative like SE is important because there is no real awareness in the local scene about the value of art prints and the authorship itself within the fields of graphic design and illustration. SE, as a pioneering project in the field, has taken upon itself a mission to demonstrate that this problem can be overcome. Thus, I also felt a certain dose of responsibility, beside the personal artistic need to take part. Eventually, it is always very nice to see one of your works produced in high-quality standards.

    How did you choose which of your works will be printed and produced in the limited pressing of 100?

    Easy – I just made a brand new graphic for the SE edition. I thought, if so much energy is put into the quality of production it would be only fair to prepare a work specially designed for the occasion. I am also convinced that the future owners of the graphic will enjoy it more if they are aware of this fact.

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    Besides working in the print domain, which is obviously interesting for you, what are your other favorite forms of visual expression?

    Due to various reasons, so far I have been mostly involved in the print medium. Nevertheless, a recent experience with a large-scale mural was extremely exciting for me and opened a brand new world.

    What kind of inspiration lies behind “Beginning/End”?

    For starters, I gave myself the task to make the static form of the graphic a bit more interesting – poster that is “readable” from both sides is a good solution in that regard. Some personal reflections on the “cause/effect” relationship that I was thinking about at the time were more than inspiring for this, and so we got the “Beginning/End” graphic.

  • Which work or output by another artist would you consider your “eternal inspiration”, if you have had this kind of experience?

    I am not sure I would be able to list one particular author or piece as an “eternal inspiration”, but anything by Alexander Girard always takes my breath away.

    How would you describe your aesthetics in a couple of “-isms”?

    A tough question, but I have heard it being compared to surrealism a lot.


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    What is your relationship to and experience with silkscreening, as a technological process for presenting visual ideas?

    Aside from the handcraft side of things, in most cases, I am amused by results in the forms of textures and spontaneous mistakes that may add a special quality to the print. The limitations in the process itself can also direct the design in a very interesting direction. All in all – there is never enough of screen-printed graphics!

    Do you have a favorite “fine art paper” that you had a chance to work with?

    Igepa Natural Evolution 320gr.

    Will the success change you?

    If that ever happens, I hope yes, for the better :)