Happy Name Day Posters by Ioannis Ergeletzis

One of my favorite Greek artists is Ioannis Ergeletzis. I love the how he conveys his messages with simplicity, humor, strong colors and shapes. Using his creative mind, Ioannis created the “Happy Name Day Posters”. A colorful series of posters, designed with humor and a kind of surreal style. Originally used as greeting posters for the social media. Ioannis is thinking to create a printed album with all his “Happy Name Day” work which will also contain greeting cards with wishes for friends and relatives. I am looking forward to this album!

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Ioannis Ergeletzis was born in Thessaloniki in 1976. He graduated from Pythagoras School/graphic design faculty in 1996 year coincided with the release of his first comic book titled “Pericles the Magnificent” winning a prize and a scholarship in DC Comics / New York.He has attended seminars on marketing and visual communication at the Department of Commerce and Advertising (Marketing), T.E.I. of Thessaloniki and at the Greek Graphic Designers Association.

Ioannis started his career path in 1997 as an Art Director (Super Fitness, Muscles & Fitness Magazines) at “TSOLAKIS Company” to continue at “POINT ZERO Advertising” (BBDO Group) where he was in charge for creative accounts as Expert & Hyatt Regency Casino.
Next stop in his career was “PROLINE Advertising”designing inter alia the visual identity of “Balkan Square” institution /Municipality of Neapolis and packaging design for American Farmer School &DomaineLazaridi.
From 2006 to 2009 followed a cooperation with “ADVANCED Advertising” with the design of promotional materials for Municipalities of Kavala, Drama, Kalamaria and the Region of Central Macedonia, the Ministry of Economy and Finance (interreg II A).
Then followed a brief stint in “TRIA Advertising” with the design for: Domotel Hotel & Resorts, IonikiFilosophy and Thessaloniki Concert Hall while as a freelancer he designed for the State Orchestra of Thessaloniki and the 1st Athens Bar Theater.

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In December 2012 he joined the “COLIBRI Branding & Design” team where he handled projects as: The State Orchestra of Thessaloniki, Pet Interest, PalirriaS.A., NIFF.
Honors in Greece and abroad. His portfolio is complemented by participation in International Exhibitions (Biennale, Design21/USA, Social Design, Poster for Tomorrow/Paris) and his active participation in TEDxThessaloniki the last three years as a Creative Art Director.
Since 2014 he works with “FOTONE Advertising” with important moment the award for designing the calendar “Independence Days”, www.twothousandfreefteen.eu/
Creativity, spirit of cooperation and good time management is characteristics that he accepts with great pleasure and gratitude.
Ioannis Ergeletzis is an aficionado of Swedish design and its philosophy.

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Maria Papaefstathiou

VISUAL DESIGNER since 1996 and blogger since 2010. Living in Athens, Greece. She has been focusing her research on poster design and particularly on social poster design and portrait design. Her main poster project is a series of posters celebrating great personalities of traditional and popular culture in Greece and Jamaica. These include actors, singers, musicians, poets etc. This is an ongoing project. “I believe that design is a powerful tool that we designers can use to spark enthusiasm, change mindsets and bring positive actions to our world and our culture”. FOUNDER AND EDITOR OF GRAPHICART-NEWS.COM BLOG. She carefully curates high-quality designs, illustrations, and art, from all over the world that will teach and provoke other designers. Many consider her blog to be an exceptional educational tool. CO-FOUNDER OF THE INTERNATIONAL REGGAE POSTER CONTEST which was launched on December 2011, partnering, the creative activist Michael Thompson aka Freestylee. (www.reggaepostercontest.com)

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