My name is Katarína Balážiková. I am a graphic designer living and working in Bratislava. I am co-founder of Open Design Network – a network of graphic designers freelancers. I am also a co-founder of non-governmental organization Open Design Studio (founded in 2007 in Bratislava), that addresses critical topics with visual communication tools and approaching issues from diverse social and political aspects. Its main aim is to present graphic design as an open platform for development of critical practice by organizing workshops, exhibitions, lectures, talks or individual projects.
I am open to design, experiment, collaboration and to new challenges. I am developing two areas - working on my professional portfolio and focusing on research, critical practice and socially engaged design.
Nowadays I am studying ArtD in Visual Communication at the Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Bratislava. My research focuses on critical practice in graphic design and visual communication. Recently I am teaching my own course called Critic – Critical Practice in Graphic Design at the Department of Visual Communication. It focuses on support and development of critical projects of students reflecting social environment.
Open Design Network is a network of graphic designers, who design, invent and collaborate on this open platform. Our network is composed of freelancers designers who work in a variety of flexible formations as needed depending on type of project. Our members are also members of our non-profit organisation or participants in its projects. We focus mainly on graphic design and visual communication, although we invent a slogan, headline, the entire campaign or ideological communication strategy. We have corporate and non-corporate projects, print and digital outputs, many of our clients are also from culture, we like nice books and magazines, original logos, funny and distinctive campaigns and non-traditional forms of media communication. You can join us anytime, just contact me.