Anja Zambelli Colak

Graphic Designer

Croatia

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AWARDS

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Anja Zambelli Čolak, born in 1983. Graduated from most prestigious design universities in Milan, Italy - Istituto Europeo di Design and Domus Academy where she got her Master’s degree in Business Design. Anja’s work has been published in design books “Packaging Structure” (ArtPower), “Take me away please” (DesignerBooks) and “Logo lounge” edition 2018 and 2020. “My passion is to understand the hidden value and the very essence of each client so that we can communicate those messages through branding and design.” Her education comes from two prestige design institutions in Milan, Italy: Istituto Europeo di Design and Domus Academy. Right after she got an M.A. in business design, she started to work for enterprises such as Unilever, 3M and Pininfarina, where she researched new ways of entering a market. “While I was working on new, progressive design strategies for large enterprises, I started to think of ways to transform those design tactics into functional branding for small and mid-sized businesses. Zambelli Brand Design was the direct result of those analyses and branding techniques.” Short after moving back to Croatia, Anja established Zambelli Brand Design studio with focus on creating brand strategies, verbal and visual identities. In her carrier Anja created some of the most known and popular Croatian brands such as: Surf'n'fries, HNK Rijeka, Logista, Vistini, Valfresco, Own solutions, Piko, Kisha, JIST, Dentorium, Barbieri’s and many others. Branding for the restaurant industry is one of her passion. Other than creating the branding for Surf'n'fries, the most successful Croatian franchise brand, last year, her branding expertise went beyond the European market. With her team, she created Bora Bora - a franchise brand for the QSR market based in GCC countries and Leen’s a restaurant brand based Dubai and Abu Dhabi. In 2017. she was selected as one of the Croatian winners of a Veuve Clicquot Business Woman Award that recognizes successful female entrepreneurs and in 2019. she received the Croatian Chamber of Commerce Award for product and brand design. In private life, Anja is married and has a seven-year-old daughter Emily.

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EDUCATION

2001-2004, Digital Design, Istituto Europeo di Design, MILANO/ITALY
2004-2005, Master in Business Design, Domus Academy, MILANO/ITALY

WORKING EXPERIENCES

AWARDS AND PRIZES

SELECTED PROJECTS

Benin

FUNCTION:

Branding

LOCATION:

Rijeka

YEAR:

2021

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ABOUT

Benin is a family-run company offering different coffee services for over 30 years, with new plans that turn their coffee shop business into a franchise model. This lively family loves music and sharing happy moments, and they developed a warm and cheerful customer approach. The new brand wanted to transmit that energy into their franchise with the visual identity that tells a story of happiness, passion, and feel-good. Through Cherub’s loving, smiling face and brand’s bright colors, every customer can get a sense of Benin’s unique values.

Aerial View of Forest
Aerial View of Forest
Aerial View of Forest
Aerial View of Forest

PHOTO CREDITS:

Anja Zambelli Colak, 2020.

COPYRIGHTS:

Anja Zambelli Colak

Quix

FUNCTION:

Branding

LOCATION:

Croatia

YEAR:

2021

Aerial View of Forest

ABOUT

Quix’s design was created by choosing colors, textures, and forms from Italian culture that pay homage to the golden age of Italian design and the giants that defined it. The design nods to the Dolce Vita years with a slightly vintage appeal that transports the consumer to a more relaxed space. This design is unique because it was able to capture the essence of Italian aesthetics and implement them on a smaller scale - vending machines.

Aerial View of Forest
Aerial View of Forest
Aerial View of Forest
Aerial View of Forest

Anja Zambelli Colak, 2020.

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Aerial View of Forest

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Aerial View of Forest
Aerial View of Forest
Aerial View of Forest
Aerial View of Forest

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