Ranko Novak was born in Zagreb in 1948. He graduated under prof. Ravnikar in 1975 with the thesis Visual Communications and Problems in Giving Information in Public Transport. In 1980 he established, together with five colleagues, Studio Sign; five years later, he received, together with Miljenko Licul, the Prešeren Fund Award for 1984. In the same year he won Gold Medal BIO 10 for the corporate identity of the Kras Group. In 1986 he received another medal for the posters of the Ljubljana City Theatre. These also received a silver accolade at the Sterijino pozorje festival in Novi Sad and a special recognition award at the Maribor Theatre Festival. In 1987 he began to lecture at the Department for Design at ALU in Ljubljana, covering the subject of Planning Visual Communications. In 1991, he obtained the title of assistant professor at the Department of Design of ALU.
He set up numerous exhibitions at the National Gallery, the National Museum, the Museum of Modern Art, the Ljubljana City Gallery, the Museum of Arts and Crafts in Zagreb, and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Zagreb. For almost all the exhibitions, he also designed the accompanying printed materials.
He has also designed newspapers and magazines, such as Telex, the Saturday Supplement to the Delo newspaper, Razgledi, Delo, and Dnevnikov objektiv. In 1997 he exhibited his works in the frame of the Contemporary Slovenian Graphic Design at the Art Directors Club in New York and obtained the status of associate professor at the Department for Design at ALU. In 2000 he was elected to the Prešeren Fund Board. In 2001 he designed the corporate identity of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts. With his colleagues – the founders of the Brumen Foundation, the institution for the promotion of culture of visual communications – he started a new era of evaluating visual culture with the first Biennial of Visual Communications, opened with a ceremonial presentation of the Brumen Awards at the National Gallery in November 2003. Since 2003 he has been a full professor at the Department for Design of ALUO. In 2004–2005 he continued his cooperation with the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts, designing literary and music publications of the Academy members, the book entitled A Review of Croatian Architecture 1900–2000, and publications about the painters Prančič, Vrjljan, Gnamuš, Jemec, and Šušnik.
Postavitve in celostne grafične podobe razstav (vabilo plakat, katalog …)
- Rembrandt, grafike, Muzej za umjetnost i obrt, Zagreb, 2008
- Risba na slovenskem II, Narodna galerija, Ljubljana, 2009
- Felicien Rops, Narodna galerija, Ljubljana, 2010
- Prostori samote, fotografija Milana Pajka, Moderna galerija, Ljubljana, 2010
- Miljenko Licul, oblikovalec, Narodna galerija, Ljubljana, 2011
- Art déco i umjetnost u Hrvatskoj između dva rata, Muzej za umjetnost i obrt, Zagreb, 2011
- Podoba svetega. Špansko kiparstvo od 14. do 18. stoletja, Narodna galerija, Ljubljana, 2012
- Podobe Balkana, Identiteta in spomin v dolgem 19. stoletju, Narodni muzej, Ljubljana, 2012
- Stane Kregar 1905−1973, Narodna galerija, Ljubljana, 2013
Celostne grafične podobe
- Odvetniška zbornica Slovenije, Ljubljana, 2010
- Pedagoški institut, Ljubljana, 2011
Publikacije / knjige / monografije
- Univerzitetni center v Skopju, monografija, SAZU, Ljubljana 2013
- Ivo Prančič, slike, objekti, monografija, Galerija Božidar Jakac, Kostanjevica na Krki, Cankarjev dom, Ljubljana, 2013
- Katalogi, plakati in vabila za Pilonovo galerijo v Ajdovščini: Dušan Tršar, Ignac Meden, Pilonovi prijatelji, Svetozar Križaj, 2008; Zlatko Bourek, Zoran Mušič, 2009; Laura Safred, Svetozar Križaj, Lojze Spazzapan, 2010; Josip Korošec, Mesesnel – Pilon, Pilonova risba, Solna pot, 2013