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.
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.
It was a short stay of only 3 days in Kuala Lumpur, but still it was an interesting little trip there. First of all it was the first time I went to a Muslim country, except the airport in other middle eastern countries. Malaysia and Kuala Lumpur had a very mixed vibe. It was a mix between the middle east and south east Asia, with a heavy presence of Indians and Chinese people. Shockingly, only 50% of Malaysia are actually Malay, and this just shows how mixed the country is. Highly conservative in daytime, yet surprisingly open nightlife. Its a city of two worlds.
As described earlier, I called it “Hell in Paradise”. Originally when booking my trip to Phuket I had not prepared myself for what this would be. Without proper research I assumed it would be “The southern city in Thailand, close to a beach”, as Kaohsuing in Taiwan or Busan in South Korea. However, this is a completely different beast, on a touristy level beyond everything I have ever seen before. I have been lucky enough to be reserved from charter locations, but I guess not anymore after this. As I heard more and more “horror stories” from Phuket, I rebooked my stay, changing it from 6 days to only 3 days – and yes this was more than enough.
Phuket is still a very nice place, if you only look at the nature. There is a reason why it has become such a tourist machine. Just too bad this industry is eating up the place itself and killing what would otherwise be a wonderful place. Drunk tourists, “cheap” shops and hookers. Welcome to Phuket.
Hello everyone! And Hello World!
I have to admit I have been way too bad at staying up to date with current events on my website blog lately. It’s been a busy year. I usually post my news through my facebook page, which is a lot more convenient.
However, it’s about time I start to be more active on my blog also. A huge event coming up: HELLO WORLD! What is that? Simply put, for all of 2014 I will be traveling the world. I quit my full time job at procontra after working there for 2 years, and will now go full time freelance while I travel the world. As I’m writing this it’s under 2 weeks until I leave, on December 8th. My first destinations are Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia and Australia. I will be staying for 2 months in Australia and have my work base there until I move to next destination – not determined yet.
Los Angeles to me was different from what I had expected but still true to many things I had heard about the city prior to going there. Its not as hot as you’d expect for a beach city, at least not when I was there. There is also a huge amount of homeless people around. Public transportation is slow and for me it was a choir getting around. However I did still have some nice times in LA with a variety of different sights.
Early this month I returned from traveling for almost a month in America. This was my first time going there, and I did the route of New York, Las Vegas, Los Angeles and San Francisco. I had a lot of fun and met a lot of nice people traveling there also. New York had my highest expectations which is also why I spent the most time there, almost 2 weeks. I stayed in an apartment, pretty much in east village. NY was really a cultural melting pot as I already knew of. I had a hard time defining what is “American” there as most of places I went seemed to always originating from somewhere else. It was the place I felt most at home in USA, and the only place I would want to return to.
I’m very happy to be featured in Victionary’s latest book: So1o 2uo 3rio. The book speaks with 30 different designers from 18 different countries in their artistic challenges and experiences. The book is divided into 3 different sections, the solo freelancers, duo studios and trio studios. My feature is spanning 10 pages in the so1o section, as a solo freelancer and solo designer on agency projects. All people I’ve worked with on the projects are also credited in the book. I have to say, the book looks very sleek! I’ve added some photos from my feature below, but if you wish you buy the book, head over to http://victionary.com/.
The Grafill Sommerfest 2013 in Stavanger took place on June 7th and was a summer party for everyone in the design, advertisement and illustration business in Stavanger. I was part of organizing the event and also did the visual identity, which you can see in it’s full presentation here. The party started on a boat which took us over to the eastern Stavanger were we went to Tou Sceene and had a presentation by TwoPoints.Net before we continued to party.
In the easter of 2013, I returned to Taiwan and Taipei, merely 3 months after my first trip there. I really enjoyed it there last time and was the highlight of the China countries I went to in December, however I was there for only one week. This was a nice chance to visit the things I didn’t get to see and do last time. Now I got to see more of the areas on the outskirts or even outside the city. A little village in the mountain, an old Japanese era village etc. It was a nice break from my work to just travel, enjoy life and have fun. As always, I brought my camera with me and covered the trip.
I came to Shanghai straight from Taiwan… and it was a cold change of pace to say the last. Coming from +25 C and to -5 C gave me a cold welcome to Shanghai. Sadly this made me catch a cold right away after arrival which didn’t make my stay the most pleasant. It was hard exploring the city and staying outside that much when it was so cold. Still, I had some good moments in Shanghai. Good food, nice views, interesting Chinese nightclubs, museums and shopping in both modern and old settings. And this… concluded my journey in Asia 2012.
The next destination on my journey last December was Taiwan. It was probably the place I knew the least about, or I knew some of it’s history but not really what to expect from the place, the cities and it’s people. However, I was pleasantly surprised with Taiwan, right out of the gate. Since it’s been in conflict with China, always trying to separate itself and being an own nation, it has been getting a lot of influences from Japan, which you’ll notice right away in Taiwan. The people in Taiwan was what made the trip so much fun, they are very polite and nice, right in the same manner as Japanese. People are a lot more open in Taiwan than in Hong Kong or China, warmer people. I was staying in Taipei most of my trip and spent one day in Kaohsiung in the south of Taiwan. Taiwan has left me with the impression of streets full of mopeds, nice weather, lots of backalleys with interesting shops, night markets, late nightlife, awesome clubs and nice people.
This December I had a little round trip in Asia for 3 weeks. First stop was Hong Kong, including a 1 day trip to Macau. Hong Kong, a melting pot and where west meets the east, business and monkey talking. Macau was all about casinos and gambling, almost like the whole country(even if it’s quite small) was a theme park. Here are the photos from my first stop on my journey.
I was recently featured as “Pick of the month” in IdN Magazine’s “Shapes-in-pattern” issue 19n4. The works that was featured was the Jishin album, Ruben Hestholm identity and Janne Joakim identity.
My return to Tokyo, 2 years after I was there last time. This time I had just been in South Korea 2 weeks before going to Japan, and I was traveling alone, only together with my camera by my side. Tokyo is still a wonderful place and always new things to see and experience. An urban jungle.
I was South Korea very recently, I stayed there for 2 weeks and had a really great time. I bought a new camera for the trip which I got put to the test. The Olympus OMD E-M5. A small and handy mirrorless system camera. South Korea left a lot of different impressions on me, both good and bad. But overall I really enjoyed the place and I will undoubtedly return one day. It’s a mix between modern and old cultures. Technology and temples. Seoul was the main attraction of my stay there, and I tend to seek out these megacities. Seoul has a almost a population of 24 million people in the metropolitan areas, making it one of the most populated cities on earth. Lots of people and lots of things happening.
Apart from photographic skills, a photographer’s tool is also crucial to producing distinctive quality in pictures. For a modern language that talks to families, young lovers and newly-wedded, a much straightforward character was composed for Hestholm using forms and colours commonly found on cameras. Specific items, such as the envelopes, business cards and CD sleeves, are tailed to tally with the measurements of his gear and encompassing mastery.
Even though I just returned from South Korea and Japan, just 1 month before I left on that journey I was a weekend trip to Riga in Latvia. It’s about time I publish some of the photos I took there before I move on to the other material. This was a “leisure trip” together with Procontra, just for relaxation and team building as a design team and ad agency. It was an interesting and fun trip to the ex-soviet country.