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What is so great about EBGE anyway?

We have heard this question from non-designer friends more than few times. So, what is the true purpose of all this? Here are some thoughts following last Thursday night’s ceremony and why we believe that the Greek Design and Illustration Awards (EBGE) are cool.

 

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To begin with, we just got our 5th “agency of the year” award in the past 10 years and it feels good. It feels even better to know that after 15 years, as a team, we can still come up with unique ideas and deliver top quality design services.

An EBGE is always a great marketing tool. Design agencies or freelance designers rarely spend any resources in advertising their services. Getting an award is not just a reason to promote your self, it’s GREAT NEWS and you can shout it out with pride to all your audiences. Clients are also getting a proof that their choice was a worthy one and potential clients find another appealing reason to hire you. Not to mention, teammates become more confident and start remembering the hard times they had during the creation of a project with nostalgia rather than exhaust.

Yet, even if we didn’t win, our perception on this matter would be exactly the same and here are some reasons why.

First of all, EBGE is always a good reason for us to organise a small trip from Thessaloniki to Athens. Beetroot members can spare some quality time with each other, away from stressful deadlines. Since 2001 we have gathered the best memories from (award receiving) trips around the world or within Greece, where space and time allowed us to get to know each other and have fun as a team.

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Second, being part of EBGE gives us the feel that we are a small part of the Greek Design history. The annual EBGE catalogue, that includes the best projects (judges’ opinion), is a great documentation tool that we gladly participate in.

Third, the awards are also an opportunity to have a closer look at the competition. It’s always rejuvenating to check the work of great Greek designers. The ability for exceptional typographic synthesis of both ex-designers united D. Papazoglou and D.Koliadimas with his Semiotic design, the state of the art aesthetics that is allover the projects of Katerina Panagiotou and the MNP, the fresh and full of emotion work of bob studio, the amazing illustrations and comic work of Tomek, the vigorous ink works of Tind, the top quality animations of Tony Zagoraios and his team and many more, help us rearrange our design point of view and give us strong motivation to evolve as a team.

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Fourth, meeting people that share the same dreams and problems with us, people that we would have probably never run into if there was no EBGE. We saw old classmates with their own design journey, great teachers still being great, former beetroot interns managing their own companies now, friends, young, old, an amazing mosaic of people, co-travellers and main key elements responsible for the continuity of Greek Graphic Design.

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And fifth, during last Thursday’s ceremony we got a feeling that there is a community after all. A kind of community that strongly supports communal activities such as the great project Synergastirion. A community that gives standing ovations to design legends such as Daniel Gounaridis. A community that has human reactions and cares. For the last 14 years EBGE has been a part of this design community and a useful gear for the Greek design industry overall.

So is there anything great about EBGE anyway?

YES, many things about EBGE are awesome and we are already looking forward to be a part of it again.

Till then… work hard and enjoy the ride : )

A good day

A “good day” poo illustration by Beetroot. Part of ‘The International Poo Group Show’ held in Hasselt, Belgium for Beyonderground 2015.

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FAMOUS PROVERB

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When we ride

Riding a bicycle is much more than a means of carbon-free transportation. It signifies a healthier and happier way of life, a tool with which anyone can transform an urban or outdoor journey to an meaningful experience. These posters, originally commissioned by the BikeArt.gr initiative, are bike printed in an engaging happening where cyclists are invited to strike through their own personal manifesto.


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Front view



This is the view from our office in Thessaloniki facing the Thermaic Gulf.
Sometimes cargo ships moor right in front while the currents and the wind force them to move around. Their slow dance is not easily observed by the naked eye.

February 2014, Thessaloniki

Greek Monsters in Chicago

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In Chicago, or “the city by the lake” a new monster appeared… It came from the lake Lerna in the Argolid, from a far away land called Greece. The offspring of Typhon and Echidna, Lernean Hydra,  a gigantic monster with nine heads -more or less- decided to go travelling to the other side of the globe and  took together a bunch of other friendly monsters from its little homeland. Lernean Hydra, whose heads when cut off, two grow in its place, stands as a reminder of persistence:

“Cutting is easier
Than growing…”

The NationalHellenicMuseum (333 South Halsted Street, Chicago) offered its fantastic building to host the up to now, biggest version of the Greek Monsters exhibition, since a brand new Greek monster was designed especially for the Chicago show! The grand opening took place last Friday and was visited by the wonderful people of Chicago.

The Greek Monsters liked Chicago that much, that they decided to stay until May 2015.
Thank you so much Chicago for the great time and …

Be(a)ware of the Greek Monsters!


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There be Dragons in NY!

The Greek Monsters exhibition opens in Manhattan!
In a typically joyous and upbeat mood, the Cyclops, the Minotaur and more than twenty monsters from the Greek mythology, welcomed their first guests at the opening of “The Greek Monsters” exhibition at the Olympic Atrium of the Onassis Cultural Center in Manhattan, NYC.

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Joining Beetroots’ beloved monsters, a new monster that was created especially for the occasion was unveiled: The dragon “Ladon”, the fearless guardian of the golden apples of the garden of the Hesperides was presented as a symbol of the human need to “advance” beyond ones’ secure past.

The exhibition is presented in collaboration with the Onassis Cultural Center at the Olympic Atrium (645 5th Ave New York) until July. Don’t forget to check out The Little Monsters program that is available for children of all ages.
For more information click here:
http://www.onassisusa.org/occ_view.php?id=213&m=3&h=3&tcid=1

Ladon the NY monster!

Ladon the NY monster!

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EBGE Awards 2014 – Beetroot wins 9 distinctions!

Source: http://popaganda.gr/pios-pire-fetos-mega-evge/ Photos by: Manolis Tsafos

Source: http://popaganda.gr/pios-pire-fetos-mega-evge/
Photo by: Manolis Tsafos

Another year of EBGE (Greek Graphic Design and Illustration Awards) came to an end with our team receiving a total of 9 distinctions (two awards and 7 merits)!!!
The signage for the mall Mediterranean Cosmos, the advertisements for the building materials Metaxiotis, the illustrations for the educational program of the Onassis Cultural Center, the brand identity for the cafe Stories, our work for ekies all senses resort, the cover of the German magazine NOVUM were a few of our projects that were awarded at the great night of the EBGE 2014 awards.

We want to thank our customers for their support and all of our partners and friends who believe in our work.

Congratulations to all of you!

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Awarded Projects:
Corporate Identity Stories Taste & Tell (http://www.beetroot.gr/456.html)
Ekies escapism brochure (http://www.beetroot.gr/498.html)
Advertisement Metaxiotis (http://www.beetroot.gr/479.html)
Beetroot Business Cards (http://www.beetroot.gr/499.html)
Think Feel Poster (http://www.beetroot.gr/483.html)
Mediterranean Cosmos Signage (http://www.beetroot.gr/458.html)
Environmental graphics Ekies Stories (http://www.beetroot.gr/434.html)
Cover for Novum magazine (http://www.beetroot.gr/483.html)
Educational Program Illustrations for OCC (http://www.beetroot.gr/481.html)

http://www.beetroot.gr/ is updated!

The moment you have all been waiting for, has arrived!

It has almost been two years since we last updated our website but they were definitely two years of hard work and effort, which is finally online for you to discover!

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Old collaborations but also new ones were formed throughout these two years. Projects such as the Greek Presidency of the European Council, the famous instant cold coffee: Frappé, the launching campaign of our beloved Onassis Cultural Center (a.k.a Stegi) but also every promotional material for the events held at Stegi, the archive of the poet C.P. Cavafy, google action figures for google developers, stories about home baked cookies but also self initiated projects such as eros (love) as seen through the eyes of our creative team…

The aforementioned are just some of the projects we’ve been working on for the past two years so we invite you to go online and check the rest of our work!

Beetroot is happy and the beet goes on…

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The Love Generator

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Send love! Use “The Love Generator” and send love. Easy.
With best wishes from all of us!

http://www.beetroot.gr/love
(For better use …turn on the speakers!)

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Beetroot’s enters the ERMIS Awards and wins the Grand ERMIS!

5 GOLD, 1 SILVER,

THE GRAND ERMIS      AND A KISS!!!

BEETROOT GETS ALL THE LOVE AT THE 2013 ERMIS AWARDS CEREMONY!
Yiannis Charalambopoulos receives the "Grand Ermis"! © All rights reserved by Boussias Communications
Yiannis Charalambopoulos receives the “Grand Ermis”!
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Mosaics, gods, drops, roots, stone giants, birds with skymirrors and the Greek monsters are just a few of our works that won five gold awards, one silver award and the Grand ERMIS at the impressive ERMIS 2013 awards ceremony!

This important annual contest is organized by the Association of Advertisement & Communication Agencies of Greece, which promotes and awards creativity in communication in Greece.

We would like to thank our clients for trusting us and for offering us the framework in which those works were created: Museum of Byzantine Culture, The Life Goddess, A Couple of Drops and of course STEGI, the Onassis Cultural Centre, the monsters salute you.

Beetroot is happy.

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EROS by beetroot

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By surpassing every sense of rational thinking, prudence or prejudice, the act of making love, is the most direct and sincere form of emotional expression agonist human beings. Eros, Our new exhibition at the a.antonopoulou art gallery salutes love in the physical sense by presenting high-quality prints, original artworks and sculptures that you may obtain by literally touching, feeling and grasping on site! Join the fun at a.antonopoulou gallery

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Aristofanous str., 105 54 GR Athens,
tel: +30 210 32 14994, fax: +30 210 3214263

Exhibition Duration: December 14th 2013 – January 18th 2014
Visiting Hours: Wed – Fri 14:00 – 20:00, Sat.12:00 – 16:00

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EROS by Beetroot

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Your intentions transform you into a hero. You want to meet, to participate, to conquer. Your craving gives birth to a source of stamina you did not know that you possess. As pleasure floods your body, life becomes beautiful, fresh and worthy of your effort. You are not alone. You two, or more, become one. You become more.

Beetroot Design Group invites you to “eros”, its latest, exciting exhibition that celebrates the most basic reason that brings human together: sexual attraction and ultimately making love!

In the unforgiving routine of everyday life where human relationships are challenged, being sexually attracted to other human beings as well as desiring to make love just for the pleasure it brings, is presented through the eyes of Beetroot, as an independent and honest human practice that is important for our personal psychological balance.

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Aristofanous str., 105 54 GR Athens, tel: +30 210 32 14994, fax: +30 210 3214263
Exhibition Opening: Saturday, December 14th (11.00- 18.00 )
Exhibition Duration: December 14th 2013 – January 18th 2014
Visiting Hours: Wed – Fri 14:00 – 20:00, Sat.12:00 – 16:00

 

Design Panorama 2013

It’s been a really exciting experience for beetroot presenting “The collective mind” at the Greek design panorama. One more time we had the chance to meet, learn and share. We are looking forward for the next new design conference, since the 10th design panorama 2013 was the last to occur.

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Beetroot was commissioned to design the “Hellenic Presidency of the Council of the European Union” logo.
A sailboat in full sail is formed from the initials of the European Union (e.u.). The means by which the ancient peoples managed to contact and connect with each other, reminds us of the beginnings of the European people’s union as well as the fact that the present-day European citizens are sailing together towards a common future.
This symbol of transition and exploration is presented here as an allegory of the communication between European people and the need for a harmonious and productive cohabitation and collaboration, within certain space, in a shared journey to growth.

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Beetroot Devs

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Application, Game, Tool. Every software code contains the skill, talent and dreams of its makers. Beetroot’s design for the Google Developer Festival Thessaloniki identity, focus on the unsung code poets who spend most of their lives behind a computer screen, to make ours better. The 1st Google DevFest Thessaloniki begins tomorrow at TIF-HELEXPO!


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