MIKE MEIRE (DE)

Related Projects: Belgrade Design Week Festival 2011

We shouldn't think too much ahead. Just be aware of what's happening around you. What kind of talents you have within you. In long run you want to create future, but future easily becomes an excuse to postpone decisions you have to take today. If you don't change today, tomorrow will be like today. So therefore everything is already happening in the now.

Meiré und Meiré has been working for German and international brands and companies for 30 years at the intersection between culture and design. Over 100 employees in Cologne develop character defining media for analog and digital communication.

As Art Director, Mike Meiré has given many important magazines an image. Neo Noto conceives, produces and publishes artistic and cultural projects. Neo Noto works both on it’s own behalf and on behalf of its clients. Mike Meiré’s most important editorial design projects include the business magazine brand eins, which has received multiple awards, the architectural magazine ARCH+, the redesign of the Neue Zürcher Zeitung (NZZ), the contemporary culture magazine 032c as well as Dasha Zhukova’s international art and fashion magazine GARAGE.

Marc Meiré manages the Strategy and Consulting divisions of Meiré und Meiré as well as its operative business processes. These include customer development as well as the guidance, consulting and qualification of company management in the areas of editorial design, culture projects, public relations, brand coding and architecture.

Running in the morning through the city (down what the germans call a fussgangerzone) and being amazed by all the grand empty old buildings that reminded me of my Berlin beginnings. Grafitti on buildings. Lovely broken walls with acne'd facades from decades of reverse engineering. Discovering that all the ships on the river were party boats and open till the morning. Sweating so much in one of the clubs, my phone got messed up. Losing phone in said club. Visiting belgrade police station to report a then stolen phone to a twenty-something cop with a doctor's lab coat, listening to Rammstein (loudly) while hacking out my report on a pre-electric typewriter that looked (and sounded) as if it was from some era before typewriters were invented.   Thinking of Naked Lunch. Thinking of Die-Hard. Listening to architects talk about porous facades. Thinking of old smart bombs. Imagining the flash and crunch of several floors of reinforced concrete collapsing in on themselves. Wondering why I'm the only interactive guy here. Why are there so many beautiful women in Belgrade? Why are there so many beautiful women in Belgrade?!

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