Impulsive lettering is a playful personal type project, simply using everyday items to create interesting yet impulsive and even imperfect letterings. As the title suggests, it’s simply meant to be fun use of typography and not taking itself too seriously. It removes the everyday boundaries of graphic design and typography. Usually design is set around rules, creating a pattern of laws and logic the design will follow to keep in line with the brand / campaign. Sometimes these restriction becomes too much, and as a contrast to my more serious work, I created this project as more playful exploration.
Over one year ago I started talking with Sagmeister & Walsh and I was hired in for some projects. After a few collaborations we came to an agreement to get me on board as full time member of the team. Now, after a 9 month Visa application process, the time as finally come. The visa is granted, the flight ticket is purchased and my apartment on manhattan is waiting for me. Starting in just about 2 weeks, I’ll be working as a full time designer at Sagmeister & Walsh.
During a short one week stay in Norway I participated as jury in graphic design for the leading Norwegian design and illustration awards called Visuelt. It’s both a festival as well as an Award show, created and run by Grafill – Norwegian organisation for Visual Communication. It was a fun experience getting to look at what’s going on at the Norwegian design scene and meeting other talented creatives.
“Constructed space” is a series of minimalistic design prints focusing on the contrast of elements used just as much as the negative space created within and surrounding the objects. The illustrations combine a static and geometric shape together with an organic liquid shape. The colour scheme keeps a calm and monotone palette.The prints are available for sale here
Pins Won’t Save the World is a non-profit project by Sagmeister & Walsh, collaborating with many designers and illustrators who had their take on the election and President Trump. All the money gained from sales were donated to Amnesty and other human rights organisations. I contributed by designing / illustrating several of the pins for the campaign.
I was recently featured in the 8th issue of the Norwegian design magazine A New Type of Imprint, which is created by ANTI. In the interview I talk a bit about my background and how I started working with design, as well as my experiences of traveling and being a designer on the go.
“How I see things” is a personal illustration project of creating a new illustration every single day for a full year. It’ll be a combination of topical as well as completely random illustrations. Things I enjoy or find fascinating. My view on things. The series will mostly be posted on instagram as well as it’s own tumblr: http://howiseethings.tumblr.com/
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.
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.
Parallel Darkness is an abstract illustration series focusing on the parallels between how we view and recognise figurative elements in contrast to the same elements being distorted beyond recognition under different rules and logic. The illustrations are all build up from materials in contrast to each other of either being very hard shapes and geometric, while others are more organic in shape. However they draw the parallel between the materials of all being shaped into their current state by either being part of either a living organism, or a “living mass”.
“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.