– a blog about my work, ideas, typography and passion for books. And some PhD studies.

First prize Doctoral research poster competition 2019

22.06.2019

By Alison Black

Postgraduate research communication success. Congratulations to postgraduate researcher Bodil Mostad Olsen who has won the University’s prize for research communication in a poster competition, held as part of the University’s annual Doctoral Research Conference. Bodil’s communication of her research topic – the history of health communication on food labels – was judged top among a very competitive field of posters representing research across a wide range of arts, science and social science disciplines. Her poster illustrates her collections-based research. It shows the changing influences of scientific understanding of food hygiene and nutrition, food packaging technology, and societal change on the presentation of food to consumers from 1850–1970. This area of typographic and graphic communication practice, although influential in people’s everyday decision-making, has not been considered previously from this wide, contextual perspective.

researching milk

15.05.2019

PHD | I am interested in how milk is presented from different perspectives throughout my whole research period; 1850-1970 to identify whether various information and promotion has influenced the design of food packaging or not. These labels are from 1950s. ©Wellcome Collection.

april blossom

05.04.2019

PHD | Nice to be in the Department at this time of the year. Just finished my second research paper Working towards a definition of “Health message”, which is presented as part of a research seminar in the Department.

Paper dialogues Design

05.02.2019

WORK | I am designing material for the next Paper Dialogue exhibition. The exhibition has been shown at Today Art Museum in Bejing, Shanghai, Norway and Jersey and is now coming to Center for Papirkunst in Denmark 22 March 2019. Posters, invitations, wall text etc. are prepared for the exhibition. See the catalogue and the Paper Dialogues visual identity.

100 000,- NOK from Grafill

12.12.2018

PHD | Very happy and very grateful, receiving 100 000,- NOK regarding my PhD and research of food labels from 1850 with a particular focus on health messages.

Presenting my research project at “The ephemera of food packaging” workshop

29.11.2018

PHD | Workshop and talks regarding the ephemera of food packaging at the Department of Typography & Graphic Communication, University of Reading 28 November 2018. Michael Twyman, Alison Black, Guy Baxter, Julie-Anne Lambert and myself. Great inspiration and fascinating exhibition showing food-related ephemera and books.

LETTERPRESS WORKSHOP

28.10.2018

PERSONAL PROJECT  |  Learning how to use the material for working with letterpress. Department of Typography & Graphic Communication, University of Reading. Looking forward to working with more letterforms and colours.

Fly! :fun 

Confirmation of Registration

08.10.2018

PHD RESEARCH  |  Monday October 8 at 12.00. Handing in the confirmation of registration; Developing a descriptive framework for food labelling.

RESEARCH SEMINAR PRESENTATION

17.05.2018

PHD RESEARCH  |  Talking about my food label project so far, how I am working in order to get a better understanding of verbal and pictorial narratives that are relevant to health. Here giving an explanation of nutrition claims, health claims and terms.

Research seminar at the Department of Typography & Graphic Communication, University of Reading, 17 May 2018.

Annual report 2017, Bodil

03.05.2018

PERSONAL PROJECT  |  A new step. This years theme for my annual report is how 2017 was divided into 2/3 design and 1/3 research. Design projects, the beginning of my doctoral research in September, a new everyday life, a lot of reading, searching for food labels, frustrations, happiness, curiosity and some few design projects…