I’m Bodil, a book and identity designer from Trondheim, Norway, holding a PhD in Typography & Graphic Communication from the University of Reading. My research interest concentrates on the verbal and visual presentation of health messages on food labels dating from 1850 to 1970. Please read my blog and have a look at my work. Feel free to get in touch if you think there is something I can do for you. Get in touch ›
– a blog about my work, research, ideas, typography and passion for books.
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.
WORK / PERSONAL PROJECT | As my PhD is a full-time study, 2018 has been characterised by more research than design projects. The annual report for my own company is therefore visually inspired by food labels and in particular Sainsbury´s packaging design from 1950-60. The front page is part of a label from 1964 from The Sainsbury´s Archive, Museum of London Docklands.
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.
WORK | Working with Jordbærpikene for many years it was great to get the job of developing the visual identity for Bitastad Holding, who is the new owner of Jordbærpikene. Bitastad is a serious, active and prospective owner of companies in food and service. It has been important to convey this using good typography, elements of “motion” in the logo and a color palette that is both solid and playful. See more from the Bitastad visual identity here.
WORK | I am part of a group called KultSign which is an interdisciplinary group that work like an agency, with focus on information and communication for various cultural activities. In KultSign we also initiate our own interdisciplinary cultural projects. KultSign consists of visual artist/photographer Eskil Roll, author/copywriter Gunn Merete Roll and myself. We collaborate with filmmakers, web designers and architects on various projects.
We are here preparing an exhibition in The Archbishop’s Palace Museum. The exhibition is called Møter (Meetings) and is a photo exhibition about the joy of walking, the happiness of arriving, and about the meetings along the way. Visually this exhibition is between art photography and documentary photo, – documentary in relation to content, artistic in terms of expression. In addition to offer inspiration and information about nature and culture adventures in Norway in general, it has a specific focus on hiking on the ancient pilgrim paths.
We are excited to welcome The Norwegian Minister of Culture Linda Hofstad Helland who will open our exhibition on July 28.
WORK | The book “Prosjekttrd” is beginning to look like a book. Looking, considering, discussing and arguing. A great and exciting process until the work is finished and the book is ready for printing. Photo: Anne-Line Bakken.
WORK | New identity for Jazzfest 2017. Focusing on typography and playful colors, the visual identity for Jazzfest 2017 has been integrated into this year’s poster, festival program, newspaper and t-shirt. Photographer of this year’s festival motif is Daniel Bolstad, Norwegian School of Photography.
WORK | A new and exciting book project, working with photographer Anne-Line Bakken and author Nina Vennevold. We are in the initial phase researching books and looking for typography, paper, size, colors and patterns…