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.
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 <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.
Notum is latin for ”known”, and is a tour operator as well as a consultancy company within the travel business in Norway. They focus on having a local insight and knowledge to all the small paths and unique sights in the vast nature in Norway – they want to deliver an extraordinary view worthy of a “postcard moment”. The identity builds on this, taking inspiration from a postcard stamp as logo together with photographs of Norwegian nature. The logo mark itself is a tree branching out to smaller paths and destinations.
Medic Type is a illustrative type, set in the medical and surgery universe. Playful and fun for an otherwise serious setting. There are a total of 58 characters designed, based on the Norwegian alphabet. Now available for purchase, click on the link below to buy.
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.
This is a poster designed on behalf of Lervig Aktiebryggeri as their personal gift to Kristoffer Stensruds 60th birthday, one of Lervigs biggest funding contributors through the last 10 years the brewery has been running. In 16 years they have created 16 different craft brew, and this poster is a “thank you” for the past 10 years, a summary of the 16 brews and a congratulations to Stensruds 60th birthday. To accomodate all the different labels in 1 poster, it was designed in a very minimalistic manner, taking the colours from each label as a representation. The lines connected between the labels represent which series it belongs to, with their own 10th anniversary brew in the middle. The poster was printed offset on metallic paper with gold foil in a exclusive ONE ONLY print, to make it a more special present.
I was asked by the guys over at Piccsy to show what my essential items are as a designer on the go, and what would I always bring me in a bag. This was showcased at their promo “Essentials” website. You can see my submission to the project below. Some of my most important things are my wallet, iPhone, Macbook Pro.. and because I’m currently in Stavanger, Norway: Umbrella! To see the the website and check out other designers essential items then follow the link below.
Johnny low is newest beer in the Lervig iddis-series which bases itself on old sardine cans, famous from Stavanger. The designs take inspiration from actual tin can designs from back in the day which are updated to a modern look. This new beer is a lightbeer, a 2,5% india pale ale that actually has good and defined taste, despite it’s low alcohol level. Hitting the summer strong with this light yet heavyweight IPA!
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/.
Lervig started their brewery back in 2003, and now as it’s their 10th anniversary they decided to make a limited edition beer as a celebration, only sold directly at the brewery. The design tells the story of how it started with key words that changed from where they started and where they are now through a typography solution, that falls in similar old style category as the design style of their previous beers. The four pack consisted of 2 of each 2003 and 2013 editions and a little surprise as you open it you’re welcomed with “Enjoy your lervig” written under the closing mechanism. The design was printed as silver on pure black to emphasise both the exclusivity of the limited edition beer and a suitable combination for their anniversary.
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.