Karlo Kazinoti was born in Split in 1981 where, after finishing the secondary School of Fine Arts, he enrolled the School of Design, Faculty of Architecture in Zagreb. After graduating in 2007, he started working as a designer in agencies and design studios in Zagreb and Split. Since 2010, he has been working as a freelance designer. At that time, he started a cooperation with the Mediterranean Film Festival Split for which he designed the first acclaimed series of the festival’s posters that were regularly showcased on the exhibitions and published in domestic and foreign publications.
In 2011, he founded Kazinoti & Komenda design studio, within which he still works. During the perennial design practice, the studio was engaged in many different fields of design. However, they were mostly working for the culture sector (long-time collaboration with the Mediterranean Film Festival Split), and signage design (Fortress of Culture Šibenik). For the St. Michael’s Fortress, the studio received special recognition from the International Institute for Information Design (IIID Award, 2017).
Karlo Kazinoti also participated in many juried group exhibitions, such as Magdalena – International Festival of Creative Communication (Maribor, Slovenia), Day D (Zagreb), The Exhibition of Croatian Design 0910, The International Laser Summit of Cheap Graphics (Belgrade, Serbia), The Exhibition of Croatian Design 1112, In a Nutshell (Vienna, Austria), The Exhibition of Croatian Design 1314, In a Nutshell (Brussels, Belgium), The Exhibition of Croatian Design 1516, The Exhibition of Croatian Design 1718, (RE)IMAGINING EUROPE (Zagreb, 2020) and many others.
“I think that designers still have to put an effort into bringing awareness to the public and their clients about understanding our profession and the benefits that design engagement brings. One of our problems is the fact that the market is small and that makes certain production challenges too complicated or unprofitable. Culture and self-initiative projects have always pushed Croatian design, and I think that will not change, but I also hope that better connectivity will remove the borders and that designers with quality solutions will be able to reach the wider public.”
Here you can find the entire interview with the jury member.