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Even more discoveries

Discovery 1: Satoshi Kon’s last words
Satoshi Kon
As Satoshi Kon died, the world lost one of it’s best storytellers, and one of the few directors of Japanese animation whose projects went beyond just pure adolescent escapism (not that there’s anything horribly wrong with pure adolescent escapism). Makiko Itoh, a Japanese blogger, translated his last words to english — there are a lot of them, and they’re very good:

Discovery 2: Blue note album covers look great in motion

Hi-Fi from bante on Vimeo. I found it at Grain Edit who got it from Swiss Legacy.

Discovery 3: Clouds are kind of like floating seas

The Unseen Sea from Simon Christen on Vimeo.

Cheese based Studvest Illustration

Picture of sighing students at a student cafeteria, with signs advertising cheese-based products

The issue this time is the fact that students aren’t engaged enough in student politics — the last student election, only about 16% of the students at the local university chose to vote. The danger with this, of course, is that a relatively small group of cheese-extremists could steal the election by simply voting for their own party! The illustration shows the result: the cafeteria now only sells a cheese based coffee substitute, Gorgonzola Cola, parmesan lollies and, of course, cheese. The student newspaper on the stand lets us know that this happened because no one cared.

Some of my older posts only have small images. This is one of those posts, sorry about that.

Sketch for a hotel information system

geometric shapes, some trees in the background

This is from a larger project done in cooperation with furniture and spacial design students. As part of the project, I experimented with a way of sketching that could:

* Look acceptable in a presentation
* convey a certain mood and
* still very clearly be a sketch

I ended up scanning my pencil-and-paper sketches and blocking them out and adding rough pictograms in Photoshop with grays. To add the appropriate mood, I took photos from our mood board, blurred them and put them in a separate layer with blending mode set to overlay. After adding the writing using the type tool, I took back some of the original pencils to add some more life and roughness to the sketches.

The information system is still at a very early stage here, so I’m well aware that there are some kinks and challenges in the design.

Some of my older posts only have small images. This is one of those posts, sorry about that.

Here are the sketches describing part of the experience for a fictional guest to our fictional hotel:

Simple drawing of elevator panel

The guest, has just checked in at the hotel, he enters the elevator and sees that there are little pictograms designating things he may be interested in based on who he is (his key has an RFID-chip) and the time of day.

On the first floor (by the Norwegian way of counting; ground floor in English) next to «Carl Josef is here» he sees the symbol he selected for himself in the online booking system: a square.

On the fifth floor he sees the logo of his company, this is where his meeting is held.

His hotel room is on the eighth floor.

And since it’s nine o clock in the morning, he can also see that the breakfast buffet is on the eleventh.

Carl Josef is almost running late for his meeting, though, so he selects the fifth floor.

sketch of arrows with pictograms on a transparent wall

As the elevator opens he sees an indoor garden behind a glass wall, on the wall there are small arrows showing the way to the nearest bathroom, eating place and the indoor garden. A bigger arrow has also appeared, showing the way to his meeting.

a wall with more arrows

Moving on down the hallway, he sees another big arrow, follows it and on the side…

a door with a large pictogram

…is a door with the company logo and the name of meeting. He opens the door and…

a meeting about to start

…sees that the meeting hasn’t started yet. He sits down, breathes out and has a small chat with his colleagues before what becomes a very productive meeting.

panel on the side of a door, showing different options

After the meeting, he notices a panel by the door asking him where he wants to go. Since he chose to link up his google calender account as he was making his reservations, the panel also tells him that his next appointment isn’t before eight o clock that evening — so he decides to go get settled in his room.

another wall with arrows

As he selects the option on the panel, an arrow showing the way to his hotel room appears on the wall outside.

two arrows with diverse symbols, a pictogram of a bed in the middle

Entering the hotel part of the hotel, other people are also looking for their room, and the arrows now show their different personal symbols, he turns left and…

bedstand with an open drawer, there's a bed next to it

Enters his room and plugs his phone in to the charger in the bedstand. He could now leave his phone here, and the panels around the hotel will inform him of missed calls and new text messages.

At the end of the presentation I also showed a collage of stylistic influences and style-sketches, just to underline the fact that this rough, brushy style will not be part of the final product.

Some landscapes, using lines, patterns and ink

Slowly starting to make more finished compositions as I’m drawing — this is definitely something I need to practice some more.

Some of my older posts only have small images. This is one of those posts, sorry about that.

some mountains, drawn with lots of lines

Interactive Landscape

It’s a desert, with a cursor that’s 3D. Click around a bit, and then try to find the lizard.


Steam powered books and mustaches

Illustration to a comment in the upcoming Studvest. Apparently, the local university might have a bit too much of a «wait and see» attitude to new technology. But what about that old timey goodness?

Some of my older posts only have small images. This is one of those posts, sorry about that.

man sitting in chair, with steam powered mustache, shoes, and chair -- explaining how steam powered books are the future

Workshop with Denis Brown at a castle in Bavaria

texture of the word «minimum» written repeatedly on top of itself, with splashes of water

Some of my older posts only have small images. This is one of those posts, sorry about that.

Denis Brown ( had a workshop at Schloss Spindlhof in Regenstauf. I was there, although it was really a workshop for more advanced calligraphers — I was allowed, and got a thing or two out of it. One was a basic introduction to a slashy gestural kind of writing (and of dealing with lines in general). Calligraphy is usually a slow and deliberate endeavor, like a lot of my drawing — but there is something to be said about slow and deliberate planning, followed by quick and swashy action. Once I get a cleared desk, I’ll have to do this one up again:

It says «fortelle», and the one below says «slange»

Legibility wasn’t a priority 🙂 Another thing was how helpful and generous the other participants were. Among other things, I left for home with two new tools — a ruling pen, for straight and clean lines or rough lines that cut in to the paper, and a copperplate/anglaise nib, which may well be a good tool for inking drawings. — webdesign project with Gudrun Brekke

A year or so ago, our class had a contest to design the website of, a portal made to guide innovators through the jungle of services offered to help new projects get off their feet.

The structure of the site was already decided on, as was the text – our job was to organize the information visually and to make it look good. Delivering JPGs to the web-developers to realize. Here’s a small selection of said JPGs.

heimevanlig1 starte1 stotteradbergen1

The site has four color-coded categories and a lot of information that we decided to organize using tabs and menus that fold out with a tree-structure underneath.

We won the contest, but the way the site was realized sadly didn’t end up looking much like our proposal:

Update from 2014: The site has since been redesigned once more, with  even fewer colors. I guess that explains it.

Solipsisme, an exercise in expressive typography

Quick and sloppy explanation: Solipsism is a theory in philosophy that says the only thing that exists is your mind (wikipedia link) — the video illustrates this, by pulling out from a point on earth to a view of the entire universe that spells out the word — the word is inside a dot representing the head of the symbol of a person — which again represents the idea of the mind of the person.