– a blog about my work, ideas, typography and passion for books. And some PhD studies.
WORK | Roar Øhlander is an experienced photographer from Trondheim. He has for a long time fiddled with the idea of making an exhibition of the best he has in his archives and simultaneously create a book of the same material. He will focus on personal imagery and a short biographical text. The project group for the book consists of photographer Kim Nygård and journalist Åge Winge, both from Adresseavisen, Roar and myself. Book release and exhibition at Trondheim Kunstforening, Trondheim October 3.
WORK | In connection with the exhibition Galskapens fengsel at The Norwegian National Museum of Justice, I have designed the catalogue. The exhibition’s main theme is the dangerous lunatics as a social problem through the ages. How have we seen the insanity and mental incapacity, and what has been done to solve this problem? What are the current challenges in security psychiatry? I was inspired by one of the first protocols used at The Criminal Asylum when I designed the cover for the catalogue. The use of creamy white paper together with black and white images gives the catalogue the “old” feeling. See more from the catalogue.
WORK | A new and exciting book project is is under development. I am designing a cookbook for Lars Lian who will publish his favorite cakes and dessert recipes. Lars is a well known pastry chef in Norway with many years experience as a TV chef, food writer and author of several cookbooks. All photos by Stian Broch. Stian is a commercial photographer from Norway. His main area is food-photography. stianbroch.com
WORK | caccao is a Web page that contains Lars Lians own desserts and cake recipes. Lars Lian is a well known pastry chef in Norway with many years experience as a TV chef, food writer and author of several cookbooks. The work is a collaboration with Eirik Backer. The logo was developed to provide a tasteful and delicious expression. caccao.no
WORK | A new client including two days workshop, resulted that I had to go to Brooklyn, New York. In familiar style I extended the trip with a week where I worked in different places, letting me be inspired by The Big City; wall illustrations, typography, galleries, shops, manholes, people, coffee, food, architecture and everything else New York has to offer.
It was freezing cold, but the coffee and the porridge was warm and delicious.
WORK | Bror (Brother) is a new restaurant i Trondheim serving juicy, grilled burger, long smoked rib and fresh drinks. The visual identity should appear masculine, so both the expression of the logo and the use of black and white images provide a powerful and rough expression. Webpage implemented by Erik Backer. www.brorbar.no. See more from the Bror identity.
I always try to find something that makes me happy. When I was looking for something that could freshen up my head, I bought a bright yellow wallpaper with colorful birds to have by my kitchen counter. Four pages in Norsk Ukeblad this week where I am interviewed about my great apartment, two sofas in the kitchen, colors and how I work.
Written by Veronika Sørum. Photos by Lena Knutli.
TRAVEL AND INSPIRATION | It´s always a great inspiration to visit Berlin. Even though it was a short trip this time, I brought my Mac and did some work. Otherwise I spent the days to let me inspire by everything Berlin has to offer; shops, wall illustrations, posters, signs, coffee, typography, smoothie, colours, the language and food to mention a few things. I also bought some books, one was Designing patterns by Lotta Kühlhorn, a great and inspiring book about how the author work and design various patterns.
PERSONAL PROJECT | An important part of 2013 was a study trip to Japan. The trip was related to support from The Scandinavia – Japan Sasakawa Foundation, where the gain was to get an insight into Japanese visual communication. The annual report for previous year is therefore characterized by the trip and my experiences with what I observed combined with a course in Japanese bookbinding. I have within the report played and experimented with Japanese and Western typography. What happens when these two merge and we get a brand new expression? To make an annual report every year for my own company is a great way to document all my work and write about my experiences in my own way. I try to challenge myself every year to approach a new theme and a new way of using images and typography.
WORK | It was great to finally receive the Paper Dialogues catalogue, 120 pages with both text and beautiful pictures. The author is Marte Rye Bårdsen and the main pictures are taken by Adam Grønne, Cao Liang and Ida Bjørvik. The publisher China Today Art Museum Publishing House has done a wonderful job when they have completed the catalogue along with the printing company Beijing Artron Art Printing. The printing quality is just stunning. The catalogue is for sale in the Today Art Gift Centre. Looking at the catalogue, from the left: Chin-Yu Lee, Bodil Mostad Olsen and Marte Rye Bårdsen. See more from the catalogue and the Paper Dialogues visual identity.