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.
Stavanger Aftenblad goes from being free on the net to charge for parts of its online services as well as expanding the total supply of content. The aim was to show that Aftenbladet gets better – and that subscribers get much more than before for the same price.
By introducing A+ we emphasized that the newspaper is now much more than only a hardcopy newspaper. The visual language highlighted some of Aftenbladets major subject areas: An A+ dressed in grass symbolizes the sports section, an A+ carved from metal plate filled with oil representing the energy industry, etc. The visual A+ was designed in Aftenbladets’s unique typography. The old slogan “Useful every day” was updated to “Useful every second.” As a subscriber, you’ll always be up to date!
Grafill is the interest organization for visual design and illustration in Norway. As well as being part of organizing their annual summer party in Stavanger, Norway, I also designed the identity and poster design for the event. Sommerfest 2013! Visualizing the span and variety of design all coming together within the same party I decided to create a set of different type styles all working together in a natural way within the same frame. The orange was chosen was a warm colour as well as a very strong contrast to the otherwise black / white design.
Stavanger Concerthall launched a 3-day event for their wonderful new organ, called “Orgelfest”. The design was asked to invite and spire people, break the common classical design usually related to organ since this musical event would combine organ with electronica, rock and other genres. The solution was a logotype that reflected the organ build itself, the wood covers now being in contrast colours, transparent and revealing all the pipes and structure on the inside.
We created a logo and identity for alor, a new network for work related issues to drug use and alcohol. The identity will help the network’s message is communicated to the following audiences: AKAN connectors, safety personnel, employees of the Human Resources / HR, safety representatives, union representatives and occupational health services. The circles symbolize alors many venues, the many people involved, and collaboration and sharing of expertise between them. The graphic elements are deliberately flexible and dynamic – both in form and color, just to make it clear that alor participate actively in the most vivid change.
We created the new website for Bjergsted Kulturpark (Bjergsted Culturepark), www.bjergsted.no, 14 stages for music, dance, culture and performance arts in Stavanger, Norway – and now an online portal. To visualize the dazzling life of the park as well as creating a more interesting overview map of the park, we decided to create an illustration of the park showing different elements of the park, characters and a sense of exploration of all the content the culturepark will contain. On the website you can use a magnifying glass to explore the park. Posters, postcards and a catalogue was created in addition to the website.