Martin
Pulicar


Basics
Born in 1984 in the former Czechoslovakia in this very building.
Education
Got my bachelor's degree in Cartography and geoinformatics at the Masaryk University.

Moved on to study Graphic design at the Faculty of Fine Arts of BUT. Got master's degree under supervision of Lukáš Kijonka, with diploma project being awarded as The Most Beautiful Czech Book of 2014.
Experience
I've started in your average webdesign studio back in 2010. Only to come to the realisation that e-shops, wine labels and other design fastfood bring no real use in the long run.

Around the same time, together with my cartographer/developer friend, I co-founded Geographics. A tiny studio of two, that was engaged in information design, interactive maps and data visualizations. Geographics lasted for 5 years and has produced several award-winning and internationally recognised projects.

I had been actively freelancing side to side to Geographics for some four years. Built the design of early versions of analytical tools for social media giant Socialbakers. Helped to bring a prominent photographic magazine FOTO to life and designed, typesetted and even contributed to its written content for two following years. Got my hands dirty with other shorter and longer term projects including regular webdesign, cartography, data visualizations and books.

In mid 2015 I've joined a location intelligence startup CleverAnalytics as a full-time product designer. I've single-handedly elevated the user and visual experiences of the entire product, dragging it from complete chaos towards a professional platform.
Top shots
Back when it was still cool, I've worked on an interactive map visualizing friends on Facebook. It got featured at various information design blogs and has won the first prize in the international student competition held by NACIS. Nine years later, we still get emails from eager users asking us to resurect this walking dead.

Data visualization project Czech Crime received nationwide coverage and hit the gold in the international data visualization competition held by On Think Tanks. It was also shortlisted in a high-class competition Infromation Is Beautiful, where it was suggested by David McCandless himself. Czech Crime has also appeared as a part of the Big Bang Data exhibition in Prague's Centre for Contemporary Art DOX.

Map of night skies was selected by Stamen as part of their Mapmaker Manifesto exhibition at the Istanbul Design Biennial. It has been also selected by NACIS as a part of their fourth edition of Atlas of Design which features “the world’s most beautiful and intriguing cartographic design“. 

Hic Sunt Leones—a book that I wrote, designed and produced—has won the first prize in The Most Beautiful Czech Books of 2014 competition. Other two books I designed, Úvod do současné trapnosti and Chinese Diary ended up second and received honorable mention by the jury respectively, in the same competition two years later.
Process
My work has a strong focus on usability, simplicity and clarity of information. I care about researching the bigger picture as well as designing the tiny detail. I'm well aware of their place within the design process and their importance for a successful outcome. I strongly believe that content and function always supersedes feel and form, but real progress happens when all of these elements are carefully combined.

My philosophical approach to the purpose of design is best summed up by the good and only First Things First manifesto.
Profile
Curious, honest and friendly dude. Always full of constructive criticism and always open to one too. Not affraid to change my mind when solid arguments are on the table. A goddamn perfectionist to my good and to my demise. I laugh a lot, often at things that rarely pass as funny, climb rooftops when noone watches, collect ugly postcards and notice weird scenes from time to time.
Contact
martin@pulicar.xyz
+420 777 077 693