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

«Hode, hjerte, hånd. Steinerskolen i trondheim 50 år» is printed and launched

06.10.2022
WORK | At the same time I was finalising my thesis, I designed a book for Steinerskolen in Trondheim, which celebrated its 50th anniversary. It has been a great and exciting project and a pleasure working with author Anne Lise Aakervik. The book was launched after an excellent performance in Olavshallen on 5 October 2022, including all the pupils from the school.

Celebrating, I passed my viva today

02.08.2022

PhD | I was excited to enter Teams and the online viva voce examination with Dr Alison Barnes and Professor Eric Kindel today. It went well, and I enjoyed the conversation. After two and a half hours, they confirmed that I had passed and recommended that I would be awarded the degree of Doctor of Philosophy, subject to minor amendments being made to my thesis.

Celebrating with Trine Neumann-Larsen at Britannia Hotel. Happy, exhausted and very proud.


Today I submitted my thesis

16.05.2022

PhD | Today, 16 May 2022, I submitted my thesis. Happy, relieved, exhausted and proud. In the next few months, I will prepare for the online viva voce examination to be held on Tuesday, 2 August 2022. I will be examined by Dr Alison Barnes, School of Humanities and Communication Arts, University of Western Sydney, Australia and Professor Eric Kindel, Head of Department, Typography & Graphic Communication, University of Reading.

Tomorrow is the Norwegian Constitution Day which will be a great day to celebrate in many ways.

Annual report 2020, Bodil

15.08.2021

WORK | This year’s annual report for my own business is characterised by a year that, in a way, ‘vanished’; pandemic, lockdown, writing, frustration, face masks, rules, testing, new rules, restrictions, tiredness and difficulty focusing. Most of the time spent on working is related to the thesis, in addition to a few design projects, such as finalising the book about Selbu patterns. It has been a very unusual and weird year for all of us.

Reading, writing, editing…

01.06.2021

PhD | I am working, reading, and writing everywhere; indoor, outdoor, in the library, in the department or cafés (when it is not lockdown) and getting closer to the final submission date…

it´s beginning to look like a thesis

21.02.2021

PHD | Three years and five months on, after been reading, thinking, writing, searching, sampling, structuring, laughing, crying, wondering, discussing – including a year in lockdown – there are some indications –
it´s beginning to look like a thesis…

«selbumønster» is printed and launched

03.09.2020

WORK | My latest book design ‘Selbumønster’ (Selbu pattern) is a beautiful book showing the diversity of the knitting tradition in Selbu. The book presents registered patterns used on garments that have been produced in the village of Selbu or sold as the brand name ‘Selbustrikk’. The book, written by Anne Bårdsgård, is a follow-up from ‘Selbuvotter” (Selbu mittens) and grounded on a similar visual expression.

preparing my third and final research seminar

10.02.2020

PHD | 13 February is my final research seminar at the Department of Typography & Graphic Communication. A paper is presented as a part of the seminar comprising a case study of food labels for milk and milk-related products. The presentation provides some of my findings regarding key social changes, food label design and health messages.

working in The centre for ephemera studies, university of reading

04.02.2020

PHD | The Centre for Ephemera Studies is located in the Department of Typography and Graphic Communication and holds much exciting material from 1800 to the present day; from domestic and imported food labels to advertisements and posters. I have spent many hours in this room, going through each box at the time.

annual report 2019, Bodil

29.01.2020

WORK | Operating simultaneously as a graphic designer and researcher is not always easy and several days contains work from both disciplines. My everyday life inspires this year’s annual report for my own company, from the food I am eating, where I am working, what I am reading to travels, archives and preparations for new book projects.