I’m currently in Asia while applying for visa in America, and I just recently spent 5 weeks in Seoul. It’s been 1 year since I was here last time and it was nice very to catch up with old friends and the endless amount of Korean BBQ, Soju and Makkeoli. I stayed in Hongade during my stay but always tried to explore more of Seoul. A thing I never get tired of are the late active nightlife of Seoul, where people drink and party even as the sun is coming up the next day. It’s a sort of feeling that passes on to other people, the energy of just continuing.
I was lucky to be nominated and eventually also awarded with the Nordic Creative Talent Award 2015, which was handed out at the Creative Meetup Stockholm 2015. It was an eventful day, starting off with an interview with Adobe in the morning, before the eventual meet up event in the evening. The event itself has several workshop stations by Kokoro & Moi, Chimney, Bsmart, Salong Betong. There were also featured speakers attending, such as typographist Martin Schmetzer. My photos makes the event look quite empty, but it was actually fully booked with about 200 attendees. Cheer to all the people I talked to and the other winners of the award!
Guerrilla Gardening was an event that took place in the capital of South Korea, Seoul. The event wanted to make the city more lively by planting flowers and painting empty walls for a more green and colourful environment. I designed & illustrated the poster which was hung up around Seoul to promote the event and encourage volunteers to join.
Dystopia is a series of both illustration and typography prints, picturing a dystopian future. A lot of the inspiration for this project came from George Orwell’s 1984. But the main drive to make this came from current events in society with common trends as silencing opposition instead of an open discussion, biased press / media, censorship of the internet and privacy concerns.
“nord.lys” is the debut solo album to Norwegian artist Geir Strandenæs Larsen. He plays handpan music inspired by the beautiful Norwegian nature, in a relaxing manner. “Nordlys” in Norwegians means “northern nights”, which takes center stage on the album by having a wave / ribbon inspired by the northern lights flow through. The CD itself is blank with white print on it, and the reflections on the surface is representing the northern light.
Inspired by the recent “36 days of type” I decided to create a personal project for self development in animation / motion graphics, with the daily typography as a basis for this. So the challenge was to not only design / illustrate, but also animate a letter / number every single day for 39 days. Click read more to view the video.
The Mix Tape Typography series has been updated with prints as well as new portfolio images to accommodate the updated design. The new prints are available for purchase at Society6.
After traveling the world for 1,5 years, going to Oceania, Asia, America and South America – I’m finally back in Norway. I have been back for 1 week already but took me a little while to get down to actually writing this update status. It’s been a rollercoaster for sure, both in term of all the things I’ve seen, done and experienced – as well as the freelance work itself. While I enjoy freelancing a lot, especially the freedom, it’s also quite unstable in terms of work. Because of this I have concluded that I should get a full time job in Norway now that I’m back.
“Abandon all hope those who enter here” is how the journey starts for Dante as he descends through hell’s nine circles. Join the decent in this typographic visualisation of the different stages of hell according to Dante’s epic poem. All of the circles – limbo, lust, gluttony, greed, anger, heresy, violence, fraud and treachery – has been animated into a short motion graphics video. Turn up the volume and let the descent begin.
Jæren Sparebank is a new local bank in southwest of Norway, in the farmland area usually referred to as “Jæren”. The new bank comes from 2 local banks merging to grow together as the leading bank in the area. The new identity focuses on being playful and creative, using building blocks as the basis of both the logo and illustrations while also maintaining sleek and minimalistic design.
Teekay’s “More You” is a profiling and recruitment campaign building on the strength of the company, listing key words of the benefits for the employee and what the employees gets more of for working there. There was also a set of newspaper advertisements were people told their personal stories of working at the company. The typography posters were made for both the campaign as well as decoration for their offices, to build employee pride. The result of the campaign is having the their existing employees in focus, cheering them on while also appealing to new potential employees.
An eventful and exciting year has just passed and I’m counting down the days until we move into a new year, with new and fun challenges ahead. The art style is inspired by technology and more specifically the classic TV test screens, as a little tribute to the Y2K craze linked to New Years Eve – the fear of computers crashing, losing connection and moving into the new and unknown era of technology controlling our lives. Happy New Years everyone!
It’s always nice to see people taking a liking to my work and appreciating it. I like to know that it has at least some kind of impact, that it get noticed and lives beyond just the harddisk of my computer or a sketch in my book. Design is all about communication after all. So it’s a pleasure to be features as one of the top 12 nordic graphic designers of 2014 by The Interactive Design Institute, based in the UK. Click the link to read the article and see the full list of the featured Nordic designers.
Amazingly enough, it’s already been 1 year since I left Norway on December 8 2013, starting with my first location of Ho Chi Minh in Vietnam – and same place I would return to 1 year later. I have experienced so much, seen so much new, tried so much new foods and met a lot of good people from so many different countries. It has truly been an unique experience – which is not over just yet.
I stayed in Jakarta earlier this year for 1 week and here are a random collection of photographs I took during my stay. Jakarta was mix of different sides. Everything from more modern and sleek places to a lot of ghetto and chaos. Mostly the latter one. A lot of street food and general businesses operating on a street level. I was lucky enough to meet some nice locals during my stay as well.
I <3 MCHN DRM (I Love Machine Drum) is a Norwegian indie house / electronic duo from Sandnes, Norway. The band consists of Trygve Stakkeland on synth and Geir Strandenæs Larsen on drums. I designed their band identity, consisting of logo, posters, pins and a demo album cover. The identity itself takes roots in their music which has a certain retro vibe and portrays their music in a non-figurative way; man and machine, hard geometry meeting the soft and dynamic as the duo themselves has a high focus on playing their music live and not only hitting the play button.
“PSYCHEDELIC REALITY” is a illustrative design series focusing on the reality escapes almost everyone has in one way or another. It’s about reaching your personal climax, forgetting about everyday chores and difficulties and simply on that feeling which makes you just feel wonderful and worth living for. Our views slowly become clouded from reality, we reach another state of mind. Wether this is reacher through thrill & excitement, drugs, sex or any other way – we all go there.