Igor Kordey

The Design of Comics + The Art of Storytelling at Belgrade Design Week

Igor Kordey presented his work at Belgrade Design Week

Designboom web portal, Italy, 29.12.2014.

By Nina Azzarello 

One of Kordey’s recent masterworks is ‘smoke’ written by Alex de Campi and drawn by himself. The novel is a thriller set in an alternate, dystopian London, about 10 years in the future. In this reality — run by a government both morally and financially bankrupt — an ex-soldier-turned-government-assassin must contend with a crisis in the city, an unusual terrorist group, their even more unusual demands, and a vindictive ex-girlfriend, all as he tries to rebuild his own shattered life.

Layouts like the ‘fishbone’ have been developed personally by Kordey to relay the movement of time — in this spread, the action toggles back-and-forth between two vertical windows, allowing the reader to visualize two events in succession on a single page. Details fixed within a large spread offer a chance for the reader to more clearly understand the small, yet important elements that build up the storyline and fictional world in which it takes place.

His professional career has progressed upward for over 30 years, working with publishers such as heavy metal magazine, marvel, DC comics and dark horse, all over Europe, USA, Canada and Latin America. Much of his recent work deals with historical subjects, but from time to time he tackles other genres: themes of dystopia, fantasy, whimsy can be seen widely throughout his books ‘smoke’ and ‘keltos’.

About Belgrade Design Week:

2014 marks the ninth edition of Belgrade Design Week, an annual, internationally-renowned festival for creative industries and modern business in Serbia and throughout the South East European area. Since 2005, founder Jovan Jelovac has successfully forged multicultural connections between artists, designers and entrepreneurs from the region with the greater global design scene. The initiative serves as a platform for creatives to engage in the exchange of ideas across a range of disciplines — advertising, architecture, arts management, communications, design, fashion, marketing, new media and publishing — delivering approximately 30 international speakers who share their perspectives and personal developments in their respective fields.

This year’s conference program ‘Brand New World’ sets opens up discussion regarding the creation of new values in today’s fast changing world. On the occasion of this edition, President of the Republic of Serbia, Tomislav Nikolic opened the initiative, stressing the importance of the creative industries for the continued development of the country’s economy. Local designers stand side by side with some the world’s greatest talents in a rare opportunity to bring the world to Belgrade and to present Belgrade to the world. 

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