MY NAME IS DMITRI MAKONNEN
I AM DESIGNER, PUBLISHER
BORN 22.06.1978 IN TALLINN, ESTONIA. STUDIED IN THE TALLINN COMMERCIAL COLLEGE. DID PRACTICAL TRAINING IN ARTICUL MEDIA GROUP (2003–2004) AND OSTENGRUPPE (2005–2006). STUDIED AT SCHOOL OF TYPE AND TYPOGRAPHY TAGIR SAFAEV. WORKED IN ZAVOD BBDO (2006–2009); IN «KAK», «CREATIVNY DIREKTOR» AND «SECRET FIRMY» MAGAZINES (2009–2013); IN MOSCOW DESIGN MUSEUM [VOLUNTEER] (2012–NOW); IN IZO [ART PROJECT] (2012–NOW)
— 2008 MEMBER OF THE ESTONIAN GRAPHIC DESIGNERS ASSOCIATION (EKGL)
— 2010 MEMBER OF THE INTERNATIONAL DESIGN ASSOCIATION (IDASS)
— 2018 SENIOR MASTER OF INTERNATIONAL POSTERS DESIGNERS ORDER
— 2019 MEMBER OF THE CREATIVE UNION OF ARTS OF THE DECORATIVE APPLIED ART (TSHDPI)
— 2020 MEMBER OF RUSSIA DESIGNERS ASSOCIATION (SDRUSSIA)
ESTONIAN TOP10 CULTURE POSTER WINNER IN 2008, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017
TOP100 OF RUSSIAN DESIGNERS IN 2008 [3rd place out of 100], 2009 [3rd place out of 100] AND 2010 [23rd place out of 100]
POSTERS WAS EXHIBITED IN: HAAPSALU (EE), PÄRNU (EE), TALLINN (EE), TARTU (EE), RIGA (LV), VILNIUS (LT), MOSCOW (RU), NIZHNY NOVGOROD(RU), TURKU (FI), HELSINKI (FI), BERLIN (DE), TRNAVA (SK), PARIS (FR)
Dima has worked in a number of mass media (he even published his own magazine). After coming to Moscow he became part of Ostengruppe, a group of like-minded individuals. after his Moscow adventures Dima was again invited to Talinn for an art director position at the BBDO company (Estonia). in 2009, when Estonia was hit by an economic depression, Dima came back to Moscow and began a cooperation with the «kak» magazine. today Dima works as a design artist for the «Kоммерсантъ» publishing house. Every time he creates he throws something new into the pot of his creative work. he mixes imagination with experimental typography, photography, illustrations and collages.
His posters are futures of street art, graffiti, national themes and master composition choices. Posters are paintings! paintings that seem at first glance to be chaos, but we all know that chaos is just a more complicated form of order.
Alexandra Sankova (Director of Moscow Design Museum)
Dima Makonnen creates more posters every week than anybody else in the world, sometimes 10 per week, and they all are extremely charming, always different, and always recognizable. I don’t know how he does it. I admire him and I am always delighted to see his new ceations.
Igor Gurovich (Designer/Companion Ostengruppe)
Makonnen creates things that are completely unpopular and beautiful because of it. The context is as follows: the poster genre is almost dead, the audience is only one hundred acquaintances and there are zero commissions. In spite of this, he creates his own context, which captivates with its form and precision of representation. Generally there are not that many joyous people who can share their vigor, wit and love of the profession with others.
There are even less people who don’t take themselves or their view of the word too seriously. Makonnen is one of the few members a group of such courageous people.
Dima Barbanel (Designer visual concepts for magazines)
Dmitri Makonnen, graphic designer, is one of the most genial people I know. He holds himself passionately familiar with everything that happens in the world. At the same time, however, he maintains the ability to observe life through a colorful kaleidoscope. Furthermore, he has a supple mind and his productivity is extremely high. All this is reflected in his works.
Marko Kekishev (Designer. Curator of Haapsalu festival of graphic design)
Dima’s works are unexpected in their choice of subject and original in form. In my opinion, they connect the esthetics of constructivism and postmodernism. And this unusual bridge between times manages to be both active and restrained. And a little ironic. They arecomplex and thus very alive.
Erken Kagarov (Art director of the Perm Center of Design)
The designer named Dima Makonnen appeared in the editorial office of the design magazine KAK a few years ago. Within only a few days I could no longer u nderstand where he’d been before and how we had lived without him. Together we kept making one product after another — magazines, electronic cards, booths with video installations, posters, of course, and God knows what else. And all this time I kept thinking: “how lucky!” Obviously after a while it came time to share. Now Dima and his works belong to the public. Just like a val uable piece of art or good architecture. But most importantly, like quality design.
Maria Kumova (Director [кАк) project)