The website I did for Oslo Filmfestival 08 was given a nomination/diploma at this year’s Visuelt competition. The video i did for Jazzkammer was nominated for the main competition for this year’s norwegian short film festival, Minimalen.
Just finished: cd and vinyl cover for rockers The Reilly Express, cd cover for Bladed, silkscreen posters for Bladed. In the works: new website for Electrocompaniet, vinyl cover for Bladed, t-shirts, silkscreen posters for Lasse Marhaug.
Diogo for his high standards, Ken for being able to be both relevant and interesting, So for his design approach to so much more than just visuals, Jonni for making me believe designers can be photographers too, Vegard for the attention to detail and tactility, Keith for his Ma, Anna for daring not to be hip, Halvor for his touch of personality, Chris for daring to look abroad, Marius for being an artist, Erik for the love of typography, Teipu for his playfulness and Suzie for daring to be different.
A tribute to Patrik Fitzgerald – coverdesign for gatefold vinyl and silkprinted cd-cover with 24-page booklet, identity for hi-end producers Electrocompaniet, interactive applications for Øyafestivalen 09, logo for black metal heroes Thorns, cd-cover and logo for my good friend Trond’s new band All Trouble, and probably even more covers this spring. Stay tuned.
(Unordered) List of Favourite Concerts Ever:
I’m very happy to be published with several works (1349 cover, Seid cover, Jazkamer logo, Thorns website, Sonu website and Thorns website) in the book “1000 music graphics” in the company of many very talented designers.
Had a great time in Lisbon during OFFF festival, great talks by Natzke, Joshua Davis, Karlssonwilker inc, Hi-res!, Group94 and Fallon (among others). Super seafood, nice people, beautiful women and great city. Other highlights included Aaron Koblin | Minivegas | Alex Trochut | Manuel Lima
OFFF/Lisboa at Flickr
Also, I was happy to see that my website for Oslo International Film Festival was nominated at the “Visuelt” contest this weekend.
I love the early stuff of Metallica, and though my enthusiasm was slowly decreasing with the “…and Justice for All” album, it is still a record I’ve listened to – and like – very much. Finding this video f**king with the song on YouTube just made my day. Watch it here.
Some keywords from the trip:
Spacefood. Yummy triangle rice cakes. Looking for Scarlett in Hyatt Hotel. Perfect tempura. Cool toilets. Hair fixation. Neon extravaganza. Noise. Foot massage heaven. New heights of sushi excellence. Cute girls. Drinking with Jim O’Rourke. Sake is dangerous. Great concert with Jojo of Hijokaidan. Weird tv-shows. Really. Calpis is super. Missing Anja. Nature/temple/park retreat. Best bathing experience ever (Onsen). Friendly and polite people. Feeling safe. New Tokyo Porter bag. More camera equipment. Jazkamer and Sten Sandell Trio rocks. Real Wasabi. High speed trains. Gyoza. Asahi. Sayonara!
Japan pictures at Flickr
I stopped by this place by chance today, and it is no doubt the best espresso you can get in Oslo. It is probably one of the best cups of espresso I’ve had ever. It even beats Jonni™ homemade cup of espresso (my previous favourite). Check out Tim Wendelboe coffee.
One more list I’m working on (not ordered yet this one either):
“15 favorite metal albums…like, ever”
Cathedral – Forest of equilibrium
Carcass – Necroticism: Descanting the Insalubrious
Thorns – Thorns
Anathema – The Silent Enigma
At the Gates – Slaughter Of The Soul
My Dying Bride – As the Flower Withers
Sepultura – Arise
Paradise Lose – Shades of God
Metallica – Master of Puppets
Breach – Kollapse
Tiamat – Wildhoney
Slayer – Reign In Blood
Deftones – Adrenaline
Korn – Korn
Voivod – Nothingface
Perhaps sometime later I’ll admit that I really like Guns N’ Roses – “Appetite for Destruction”, but never got into either Iron Maiden, Kiss or AC/DC – but that is talking about Rock and not Metal (as my good friend Snorre would say, in his sarcastic tone saying the word “Rock”).
I also want to add that the best track of the 80s, whatever genre, is Kate Bush’s “Wuthering Heights”, and that’s not debateable.
I see a lot of people as I make the rounds
And I hear her name here and there as I go from town to town
And I’ve never gotten used to it, I’ve just learned to turn it off
Either I’m too sensitive or else I’m gettin’ soft.
Off to Hong Kong,
see you in a week! I’m back. Amazing food (dim sum, sushi, pizza (!) and thai), great hikes to the islands outside, and camera shopping (now the proud owner of a Nikon D300). Pushed the food-boundries hard, and came back happy.
Hong Kong pictures at Flickr
Ok, first sketch for a new list: “Best albums of 2000-until-today” (not yet ordered list):
Radiohead “Kid A”
Scott Walker “The Drift”
Joanna Newsom “YS”
PJ Harvey “Stories From The City, Stories From The Sea”
Taraf de Haidouks “Musique des Tziganes de Roumanie”
Quasimoto “The Unseen”
Interpol “Turn on the Bright Lights”
Sonic Youth “Murray Street”
After 6 and a half great years at Klapp, I am now looking forward to starting at SDG. This Way Design will take a break, but this blog will continue – but with more strange stuff, like, photos by me, inspirational links and the in-between-quasi-philosophic comment.
New list! This list is probably going to see a lot of additions in the time to come, here is a start:
1. You start reading manuals for products you buy for the first time in your life
2. You manage admit to yourself that early Bruce Springsteen rules
3. Some songs (like “Blue” by Joni Mitchell) can make you seriously sentimental
4. Going out drinking more than once a week just gets tiresome
5. Spending time alone in nature suddenly makes sense
6. You buy your first fishingequipment and boat (seriously!)
7. You rediscover Kate Bush
8. The Quest for The Real Wasabi begins
9. You meet Schopenhauer’s Will, and some days it seems real
10. You’re happy you don’t have to be a teenager again
11. You turn up at work with baby-burp on you shirt
12. You spend more time talking than doing
My life’s #1 priority changed from “World domination” to “Have Joanna sit by my bed and sing me to sleep”.
Death comes suddenly, and to all, we will all experience the same – and noone knowing what comes after. Sadness is just a sign of love, fear is just love of living. Be mindful of God, be as good as you can, and then try harder. Seek universal love.
I will miss you grandpa, fürchte dich nicht.
After several requests, here comes my subjective list of 3
5 best places to have sushi in Oslo:
Everything taken into concideration, I hold this to be the best place to get sushi in Oslo. The prices are fine (half of Alex), the service very good and waitors friendly, and the interiours some of the nicest in Oslo. A hidden pearl is their 3-part lunch (sashimi-maki-nigiri) for about 220,-
2) Alex Sushi
The menu offer great variation with super ingredients and composition â€“ and the sashimi comes with an amazing ponzo sauce. Bring at least 1000,- and order the most expensive menu. Tacky 90s-interiour, and the waitors are a bit too posh – but the sushi itself is probably the best you can get in Oslo.
3) Sushi House (“every-day sushi”)
Their sushi house menu at 220,- is more than enough for two hungry people and is probably the cheapest sushi you can get in Oslo, which at the same time is really tasty and the perfect everyday-sushi-deal!
Earlier on the list: Jonoe and Nippon Art.
Bergen: Go to Red Sun for one of the very best sushi experiences you can get in Norway.
The Web Design Index by Content.02 features two sites by This Way Design – my portfolio and the website for Lasse Marhaug. The previous edition also featured work by me, the website of Jazzkammer. Fun.
Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.
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I spent three great days in Brighton recently going to the Flash on the Beach conference, met many nice people and enjoyed great talks by Erik Natzke, Neville Brody, Aral Balkan, Hoss Gifford, Hillman Curtis, Brendan Dawes, Branden Hall and Chris Pelsor.
In addition, a bonus I would say, the vegitarian breakfast at Jeff’s was soo good!
Another three great days were spent in at the All Tomorrow’s Partiesmusic festival on the west-coast of England. Amazing concerts by The Stooges, Sonic Youth, Melvins and Dinosaur Jr! Other bands worth mentioning: The Dead C, Be Your Own Pet and Gang of Four. Without getting too sentimental, it was really special going to all the good concerts this time, as I feel my festival-days are coming to an end. I feel so lucky for this experience.
(price taken in consideration)
More to follow…
I was born. I lived. I died. When I lived, I smoked and I drank. I laughed and I played. I traveled and observed. I danced and sang. And I was happy. Help your brother, and fear will stay far from you. My thoughts are wide and my wits are with me. I have the forest. I have the rivers. I have the clouds, fire and water, gold and silver. Look inside yourself and go on looking, and be friendly if you want friends. This is what I heard, dear Brother Bhar. Now I must dig in the earth for a while. Not much is left.
2 days of good talks here in Oslo during the Visuelt days, really liked the works of Klaus Haapaniemi, Gary Baseman (“hi Toby!”), Anisa Suthayalai and Group94. Klapp Media got a prize for a webproject for TINE that I was involved with.
Even though I usually keep with Bruce Mau’s wise words (“Don’t enter design-competions”), it was fun to see that two of my last year’s works won in Norway’s second largest advertising/design-competion: Siås (Studentsamskipnaden i Ås) got a silver in the profile category (no gold was given in this category) and my poster for the short movie “Vakseriet” won silver in the poster category. A webproject I contributed on for TINE, won silver in the interactive category. The website can bee seen here.
Reading Adrian Sahaughnessy’s book these days, good stuff and comforting to read other designers’ experiences about the returning problem of customers’ fear of doing anything out of the box. A quote: “…the ones that cut through the drizzle of unremarkable one-size-fits-all communications – are ones where the designer’s thumbprint is clearly visible: the ones that contain a rebel-yell of defiance”.
1. Fürchte Dich Nicht (Bertold Brecht, September Songs)
2. Syk pike (E. Much, Kari Bremnes/Løsrivelse)
3. Stjernesludd (Dum Dum Boys)
4. What a Wonderful World (Nick Cave & Shane McGowan)
5. We’ll Meet Again (Johnny Cash)
1. The brown-haired girl undressing for me by the seaside
2. The curly-haired blonde smiling behind the bar
3. The high, freckled girl falling asleep
4. The sleepy girl hugging me goodbye
5. The girl behind the bar, so clear, yet so far away
“…livet er alvorlig (men alvorlig morsomt), mennsker har et felles ansvar, vi deler forpliktelser, tiden er knapp, vi lengter og vi fortjener bedre enn jappetid, børsspekulanter, høy-og lavkonjunktur, vilkårlighet, kunnskapsløse makthavere, kitschy kunst (eller: underholdning), skipperluer…”
“Barnet trenger ingen konsekvent konsevens; jeg tror det ville få en like god oppvekst med en konsekvent, pålitelig inkosekvens, Det er jo slik livet er; hvis foreldrene bare ville akseptere og rose inkonsekvens, ville ikke barna bli så skremt av foreldrenes hykleri og uvitenhet”.
1. Morning-swim at Pirbadet
2. Breakfast at Dromedar (Tuna-salad bagel and “today’s coffee”)
3. Bring+drink lots of beer at “Marinen” in the summer
4. Burger from Sesam (eat in the park nearby)
5. Punk concerts at Uffa (drunk)
- Deres Eminense, jeg er ikke lykkelig.
– Hvorfor skulle De være lykkelig? Deres bestemmelse er ikke det. Hvem sier at vi kommer til verden for å være lykkelige? Origenes sier i sine Homilier: “Extra ecclesiam nulla salus. Utenfor Kirken, ingen frelse. Extra ecclesiam nemu salvatur. Utenfor Kirken, blir ingen frelst. Salus extrae Ecclesiam non est. Det finnes ingen frelse utenfor Kirken.”