Boris Pleša

Posters

I design minimalist posters.

I’ve always liked to sketch things to keep my mind amused. Call it a mental hygiene if you wish. Most of my posters are based on a simple premise; I’m trying to portray a person, accompany someone’s quote or set up a distinctive mood using as few graphic elements as possible.

All the posters pictured here you can purchase via my webshop.

Ticking Away.

Joker.
"Is it just me or is it getting crazier out there?"

HAL 9000.
"The most terrifying fact about the universe is not that it is hostile but that it is indifferent — but if we can come to terms with this indifference, then our existence as a species can have genuine meaning. However vast the darkness, we must supply our own light."
— Stanley Kubrick

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Queen.
"I always knew I was a star. And now, the rest of the world seems to agree with me."
— Freddie Mercury

Bob Marley.
"One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain."

Ray Charles.
"What is a soul? It's like electricity — we don't really know what it is, but it's a force that can light a room."

London Calling.
"London calling to the faraway towns, now war is declared and battle come down."

Virus.
I made this graphic during the first lockdown. I tried to portray one ordinary person regardless of gender, age or race (i.e. you or me), who was staying home imprisoned by the pandemic but was willing to accept everything that was happening as just another ordinary pajama party — minus guests.

Borat 2.0.2.0.

Kraftwerk.
"There is no beginning and no end in music. Some people want it to end. But it goes on."
— Florian Schneider

Hi.

Work Hard.

Clint Eastwood.
"I tried being reasonable, I didn't like it."

Moon River.
I love this song. According to Johnny Mercer - the man who wrote the lyrics - the song is both about looking to the future and to the past. There's many versions of this song but one that tops them all for me is the one sung by Audrey Hepburn. I also love Kid Koala's version, probably because in his mix he used her rendition, too.

Pablo Picasso.
"Colours, like features, follow the changes of the emotions."

WTF.
"Every single day the world seems like it is on the brink of falling apart. But then I look outside my window, and things look about the same as they did a week ago. It's almost a form of cognitive dissonance."
— Moby

Where Is My Mind.
"With your feet on the air and your head on the ground, try this trick and spin it, yeah."

Marvin Gaye.
"You know we've got to find a way
To bring some lovin' here today."

Morpheus.
"You take the blue pill, the story ends; you wake up in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe. You take the red pill, you stay in Wonderland and I show you how deep the rabbit hole goes."

Valentina Tereshkova.
"Once you've been in space, you appreciate how small and fragile the Earth is."

Storm Thorgerson.
"People pay me for my thoughts and my dreams. I think in that sense I'm very fortunate."
Storm, my greatest hero.

Slavoj Žižek.
"We need a wisdom of becoming aware what a fragile entity we are, we humans of our Earth. We are not now being threatened by some intelligent aliens, but by the most stupid reproductive mechanism that one can imagine. It’s a good lesson in modesty."

Difference.

Ella Fitzgerald.
"Music is the universal language."

The First Straw.

Present.
"It's being here now that's important. There's no past and there's no future. Time is a very misleading thing. All there is ever, is the now. We can gain experience from the past, but we can't relive it; and we can hope for the future, but we don't know if there is one."
― George Harrison

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Thom Yorke.
"Being in a band turns you into a child and keeps you there."

Kill Bill.
Each time when I think of this Tarantino's love/betrayal/revenge extravaganza, there's always one killer song from the movie in my mind — Malcolm McLaren's version of ’She's Not There' by The Zombies from the early sixties + a little bit of Bessie Smith from the twenties. The song is called 'About Her' and I often listen to it on repeat.

Amy Winehouse.
"Life's short. Anything could happen, and it usually does, so there is no point in sitting around thinking about all the ifs, ands and buts."

File Save.
One command to rule them all. If you're spending a lot of time behind a computer screen, working, I think you'll agree with me. And if I was a chief editor of Life magazine this would be one of the covers. I guess no one would notice the intentional misprint.

Grace Jones.
"Everyone has to make their own decisions. I still believe in that. You just have to be able to accept the consequences without complaining."

All You Create.
One of my Dark Side Of The Moon hommages. All the titles from this series are taken from Pink Floyd's song Eclipse.

Tyrion Lannister.
"I drink, and I know things". One of my favourite TV series characters of all time, brilliantly portrayed by Mr. Peter Dinklage.

Louis Armstrong.
"Music is life itself. What would this world be without good music? No matter what kind it is."

The End.
"In the end
The love you take
Is equal to the love
You make"

Over The Rainbow.

Carl Sagan.
"Who are we? We find that we live on an insignificant planet of a humdrum star lost in a galaxy tucked away in some forgotten corner of a universe in which there are far more galaxies than people."

Chat Noir.

Common Sense.
"Common sense is not so common."
— Voltaire

Sound And Vision.
"Don't you wonder sometimes, about sound and vision?"
— David Bowie

Roy Lichtenstein.
In my work I always try to use as less graphic elements and colours as possible. When I was trying to find the proper approach to make a minimalistic graphic that could represent Mr. Lichtenstein's work, I suddenly came to a simplest possible conclusion. I said to myself: just dot it.

Iggy Pop.
"I stare at myself in the mirror and I think, 'Wow, I'm really great-looking.' I think I'm the greatest, anyway."

Christopher Walken.
"I don't need to be made to look evil. I can do that on my own."

Janis Joplin.
"Oh Lord, won't you buy me a Mercedes Benz?"

Bruce Lee.
"As you think, so shall you become."

Fisheyes.

Music Non Stop.
"Songs really are like a form of time travel because they really have moved forward in a bubble. Everyone who's connected with it, the studio's gone, the musicians are gone, and the only thing that's left is this recording which was only about a three-minute period maybe 70 years ago."
— Tom Waits

Taxi Driver.
"I go to Paris, I go to London, I go to Rome, and I always say: There's no place like New York. It's the most exciting city in the world. That's it."
— Robert De Niro

Superheroes.
This graphic is my thank you note to all the medical workers around the globe who were/are on the frontline during the pandemic. You guys are superheroes.

John Lennon.
"Our society is run by insane people for insane objectives. I think we're being run by maniacs for maniacal ends and I think I'm liable to be put away as insane for expressing that. That's what's insane about it."

Albert Einstein.
"Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving."

Charles Bukowski.
"Stay with the beer. Beer is continuous blood. A continuous lover."

Let.

Cosmonogy.
"And they say back then, our universe was a cold black egg, until the God inside burst out and from its shattered shell he made what became the world we know."
— Bjork

Nina Simone.
"I'll tell you what freedom is to me. No fear!"

Peaky Blinder.
"The one minute. The soldier's minute. In a battle, that's all you get. One minute of everything at once. And anything before is nothing. Everything after, nothing. Nothing in comparison to that one minute."
— Thomas Shelby

Nikola Tesla.
"Let the future tell the truth, and evaluate each one according to his work and accomplishments. The present is theirs; the future, for which I have really worked, is mine."

Ziggy Stardust.
"I'm responsible for starting a whole new school of pretension."
— David Bowie

Jimi Hendrix.
"The time I burned my guitar, it was like a sacrifice. You sacrifice the things you love. I love my guitar."

Miles Davis.
"Sometimes you have to play a long time to be able to play like yourself."

Mickey Mouse.
"When you're curious, you find lots of interesting things to do."
— Walt Disney

Frank Sinatra.
"Cock your hat - angles are attitudes."

One Size Fits All.

Bob Dylan.
"There is nothing so stable as change."

Johnny Rotten.
"If you are pissing people off, you know you are doing something right."

Friends.
Those two are Joey and Chandler, if you must know.

All That's To Come.
One of my Dark Side Of The Moon hommages. All the titles from this series are taken from Pink Floyd's song Eclipse.

404.
"Age does not protect you from love. But love, to some extent, protects you from age."
— Anais Nin

Jack Kerouac.
"Nothing behind me, everything ahead of me, as is ever so on the road."

Aretha Franklin.
"I sing to the realists; people who accept it like it is."

Sir Christopher Lee.
An actor. A wizard. And a heavy metal singer.

Everything Under The Sun.

Beer.
"Alcohol, the cause and solution to all of life's problems."
— Homer Simpson

Slash.
"I never want to draw attention to myself, but that's all I do."

Fab Four.
"They became the closest friends I'd ever had. Suddenly I had three brothers. We really looked out for each other and we had so many laughs together. In the old days we'd have the biggest hotel suites, the whole floor of the hotel, and the four of us would end up in the bathroom, just to be with each other."
— Ringo Starr

1:1.
"Yesterday morning Facebook was temporarily offline, leaving millions of workers unable to do anything except their jobs".
— Jay Leno

Friedrich Nietzsche.
"Without music, life would be a mistake." Having in mind Mr. Nietzsche's frightening moustaches (not to mention his frightening mind), I have no choice but to agree with him.

Mies van der Rohe / Milton Glaser.
"Less is more" is a phrase adopted in late forties by great German architect Mies van der Rohe, one of pioneers of modernist architecture. Years later, Milton Glaser, famous American graphic designer, thinker and humanist said "Less is not necessarily more. Just enough is more". Maybe it's fair to say — Mies: 1, Glaser: 1.

Daily.
"The snooze alarm is based on the idea that when it goes off, you’re not getting up. You’re not even awake yet, you’re already a failure. They should sell the snooze alarm with an unemployment application and a bottle of tequila. Just make it a complete pathetic-loser kit."
— Jerry Seinfeld

Salvador Dalí.
"I don't do drugs. I am drugs."

Jim Morrison.
"Some of the worst mistakes of my life have been haircuts."

Ian Fleming.
"Never say 'no' to adventures. Always say 'yes,' otherwise you'll lead a very dull life."

Syd Barrett.
"I don't think I'm easy to talk about. I've got a very irregular head. And I'm not anything that you think I am anyway."

"Around The World, Around The World,
Around The World, Around The World."

Albert Camus.
"Nobody realizes that some people expend tremendous energy merely to be normal."

Ennio Morricone.

Circle.
"Modern science says: 'The sun is the past, the earth is the present, the moon is the future.' From an incandescent mass we have originated, and into a frozen mass we shall turn. Merciless is the law of nature, and rapidly and irresistibly we are drawn to our doom."
— Nikola Tesla

No Future For You.
"There's no future, no future, no future for you."
— Sex Pistols

Mata Hari.
"The dance is a poem of which each movement is a word."

Download.
I made this poster for a friend of mine who said he is changing the world sitting behind his computer in his bedroom. I think he might be right.

I Origins.
Have you seen the movie 'I Origins'? If you haven't, go and see it. And please — don't watch the trailer before watching it. Trust me on this.

All That You Say.
One of my Dark Side Of The Moon hommages. All the titles from this series are taken from Pink Floyd's song Eclipse.

Nick Hornby.
“It's no good pretending that any relationship has a future if your record collections disagree violently or if your favorite films wouldn't even speak to each other if they met at a party."

Ladder.
“Music fathoms the sky.”
— Charles Baudelaire

Nick Cave.
"You're one microscopic cog in his catastrophic plan, designed and directed by his red right hand."

Wish You Were Here.
"We're just two lost souls swimming in a fish bowl."

Frank Zappa.
"I never set out to be weird. It was always other people who called me weird."

All That You Taste.
One of my Dark Side Of The Moon hommages. All the titles from this series are taken from Pink Floyd's song Eclipse.

Error.
"Honor thy error as a hidden intention."
— Brian Eno

Blondie.
"I could be a housewife. I guess I've vacuumed a couple of times."
— Debbie Harry

Tom Waits.
"The piano has been drinking, not me."

Martin Scorsese.
"Cinema is a matter of what's in the frame and what's out."

John Cleese.
"A wonderful thing about true laughter is that it just destroys any kind of system of dividing people."

Beck.
"I think you have to keep a childlike quality to play music or make a record."

David Gilmour.
"It's a magical thing, the guitar. It allows you to be the whole band in one, to play rhythm and melody, sing over the top. And as an instrument for solos, you can bend notes, draw emotional content out of tiny movements, vibratos and tonal things which even a piano can't do."

Rachael.
"Replicants are like any other machine. They're either a benefit or a hazard. If they're a benefit, it's not my problem."
— Rick Deckard

Monolith.
"The Universe is under no obligation to make sense to you."
— Neil deGrasse Tyson

All That You See.
One of my Dark Side Of The Moon hommages. All the titles from this series are taken from Pink Floyd's song Eclipse.

Johnny Cash.
"Sometimes I am two people. Johnny is the nice one. Cash causes all the trouble. They fight."

KISS.
"Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication", supposedly said Leonardo da Vinci. Half a millenium later, somebody came up with a KISS, a catchy acronym that stands for a design principle 'Keep it simple, stupid'. It states that most things in life work best if they are kept simple rather than made complicated. In other words, simplicity should be a key goal in design. Sounds about right, right?

High Hopes.
"Looking beyond the embers of bridges glowing behind us, to a glimpse of how green it was on the other side."

Bjork.
I don't know much about fashion but I know that Bjork's Swan Dress is one of the greatest pieces of clothes I've ever seen. And it was a perfect match — Bjork was the only person on this planet who could wear it. This dress was being ridiculed at first, when she wore it at 2001 Oscars, but fifteen years later this piece of art ended up in MoMA in NYC. How about that, haters?

John Frusciante.
"I think the feelings in my music were suggested to me before I even had the ability to play music."

Daft Punk.
"My name is Giovanni Giorgio, but everybody calls me Giorgio."

Prince.
"Music is real. It affects people; it's real."

Diego Maradona.
"My mother thinks I am the best. And I was raised to always believe what my mother tells me."

Wine.
"Great people talk about ideas, average people talk about things, and small people talk about wine."
— Fran Lebowitz

Jack Nicholson.
"My motto is: more good times."

Franz Kafka.
"I am a cage, in search of a bird."

A Friend In Need.
"Good friends, good books and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life."
— Mark Twain

Amelie.
"An artist has no home in Europe except in Paris."
— Friedrich Nietzsche

All That You Do.
One of my Dark Side Of The Moon hommages. All the titles from this series are taken from Pink Floyd's song Eclipse.

No, No, No.
"I wrote 'Satisfaction' in my sleep. I had no idea I'd written it, it's only thank God for the little Philips cassette player. The miracle being that I looked at the cassette player that morning and I knew I'd put a brand-new tape in the previous night, and I saw it was at the end."
— Keith Richards 

Bitter Sweet Symphony.

Summertime.
"There ain't no cure for the summertime blues."
— Eddie Cochran

Alfred Nobel.
"If I have a thousand ideas and only one turns out to be good, I am satisfied."

Lost & Found.
"Some things were better lost than found."
— Stephen King

I'm fine.
I'm a big fan of 'Friends'. One of my favourite episodes was 'The One Where Ross Is Fine'.

The Beatles.
"We're Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, we hope you will enjoy the show."

F. Scott Fitzgerald.
"You don't write because you want to say something, you write because you have something to say."

Uspinjača.
Zagreb, my hometown, has the shortest public-transport funicular (uspinjača) in the world. It's 66 metres long and it takes approximately the same number of seconds to cross the distance.

Ian Curtis.
"All my lyrics are open to interpretation by the individual and imply many different meanings, therefore their relevance is purely subjective."

Monty Python.
"We interrupt this program to annoy you and make things generally more irritating."

Richard Wright.
"For me, playing music is like meditating — I just play and don't really think about what I'm doing, I just let it happen."

Work.
"Art Is Work."
— Milton Glaser

Like My Fire.

Life.
"Life is never fair, and perhaps it is a good thing for most of us that it is not."
— Oscar Wilde

Blade Runner.
"I've seen things you people wouldn't believe. Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion. I watched C-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhäuser Gate. All those moments will be lost in time, like tears in rain."

Be.
"Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible."
— Dalai Lama

Screen time.

Mark Twain.
This man's brain was one of the most amusing places that ever existed on this planet. Luckily, some parts of that place are still accessible to us. I call it "A Mark Twain Therapy". All you have to do is to open a new tab in your browser and type "mark twain quotes".

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