Brendari — is a series of interviews about design and art school in Ukraine with followers of Georgy Narbut — the patriarch of Ukrainian branding.

The film Brand Makers (Brendari) is director Nadia Parfan’s account of the Ukrainian school of graphic design founded by "patriarch" Heorhii Narbut and continued by his students and followers. These include today’s successful designers like Pavel Vrzheshch at Kyiv’s Banda Agency and Mykola Shkvarok and Yevhen Yefimenko at Brendari in Ivano-Frankivsk. Also included are the artists Oleh Tistol and Mykola Matsenko, members of Natsprom who have undertaken an art of “national promotion.” The film also features Yuliya Lytvynets, director of the National Art Museum of Ukraine, which has preserved Narbut’s works for over 50 years in a special collection, as well as the editor of the Narbut Anthology, Bohdan Zavitii.
The film was commissioned by RODOVID press (Kyiv, Ukraine) and Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art (Chicago, USA), with the support of Ukrainian Cultural Fund.
  • Oleg Tistol, artist
  • Pavlo Vrzheshch, creative director of banda agency (Kyiv, Ukraine)
  • Mykola Shkvarok, Yevhen Yefimenko, founders of design studio Brendari (Ivano-Frankivsk, Ukraine)
  • Bohdan Zavitiy, editor of Narbut Anthology
  • Yuliya Lytvynets, general director of National Art Museum of Ukraine

Brendari — is a series of interviews with those who have been creating a modern Ukrainian brand for the last hundred years.



Camera operator

Sound mixer


Graphic design


Nadia Parfan

English subtitles

Produced by

Ilko Gladshtein
Rōman Himey
Aleksandr Konoval
Rita Gasanova
Lera Guevskaya
Ivan Tkalenko
Ali Kinsella
Phalanstery Film


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[A Supplemented Reproduction of the Narbut Anthology, destroyed in 1933]


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Ukrainian formalism in the age of Ukrainization and traces its signature brand

Retrospective and Natsprom: myths and stereotypes

Ukraine’s new brand: one hundred years later
Author: Dr. Myroslava M. Mudrak

     Poster competition

At the Intersection of All Opposites
     Deadline August 28
Curator: Sasha Bychenko