Jacek Utko, designer, based in Warsaw, Poland. Collected more than 40 awards in various design competitions. Two of the newspapers he redesigned were named World’s Best Designed Newspapers by SND. He was speaking at conferences around the world. In 2009 he was a speaker at TED conference in Long Beach. He is design director for Bonnier Business Press International, working for various newspapers, magazines and websites in Scandinavia, Central Europe and Russia. He also works as consultant.
After obtaining an architectural degree, he began his career as an architect. Feeling disappointed, he decided to venture into various fields, including interior design, set design for film production and finally graphic design. He started designing ads, posters, book and magazine covers as a freelancer. Then slowly focused on newspaper design.
Few years later, he became the art director for Puls Biznesu (a newspaper run by Swedish Bonnier Business Press), and then later advanced as the design director for the whole BBP group for eight Central European countries. Despite working with small newspapers with small staffs and small budgets, he collected dozens awards in various design competitions within a few years.
Two of the papers he redesigned, Poland’s Puls Biznesu and Estonia’s Aripaev, were named “World’s Best Designed Newspaper” by Society for News Design, in the largest international design competition. Puls Biznesu (2004) became the first newspaper in Central Europe receiving such an award. He also received several other SND awards, including designs for front pages, newspaper redesigns, and individual portfolio.
His covers for Puls Biznesu were named ‘Cover of the Year’ in Poland three years in a row. He was a speaker for various seminars, including SND conference. In 2009 he was a speaker at TED conference in Long Beach. Recently he works a lot on web design.