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Norwegian illustrations by Danny Larsen

Posted by rod - 05.02.2015

Norwegian illustrations by Danny Larsen

Norwegian pro snowboarder, artist and illustrator Danny Larsen recently launched his brand spanking new website which is worth checking out. Danny is based in Oslo and is part of the illustration collective Brenneriveien, when he is not out and about, shredding down a mountain.

For the past years Danny has worked for some impressive clines such as Spy Optic, Thirtytwo, Maaemo, Spine Magazine etc. His awesome dotted style, must takes ages to create. Featuring Norwegian mountain landscapes with trolls, good old spruce forests, to Norse inspired logos. For more work check out his website.

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“A landscape drawing for Oslo’s two Michelin starred restaurant Maaemo. A troll-infested foggy landscape inspired by Norwegian folklore. The drawing is now hanging as a permanent decoration in the kitchen.”

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“Signature googles for Spy Optic 2015. A tribute to our home mountain in Oslo Norway. All googles come with a leather key chain with a tree print.”

 

 

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The Lashed Larsen. Design for my 2014 signature colorway boot. Built on the Lashed boot featuring my new 32 Viking dragon logo and the Danny Larsen x Thirtytwo rune logo.

 

 

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“Cover for first issue of Finnish magazine Spine Magazine. A magazine focusing on 50% snowboarding and 50% other cool stuff according to the founders. Also have an interview in there, visit the page and check out the online version of the mag.”

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The Flag of Flags

Posted by rod - 19.01.2015

M&C Saatchi Stockholm developed this super simple ad for Norwegian Airline. Norwegians are known for being very proud of their flag and Norwegian is very proud of their origin. Therefor it was a natural choice of using what M&C Saatchi calles “The flag of Flags”. Within the Norwegian flag they have discovered that five other countries which Norwegian flies to can be found, Thailand, France, Finland, Poland and the Netherlands. The print ad was featured in The Newspapers VG and Aftenposten during the New Years issue.

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The new Norwegian Passport

Posted by rod - 01.12.2014

The new Norwegian Passport

Basically all countries passports tell the same story similar to its money. They either show off the nations key figures, history, animals, nature or landmarks. But none as far as I know have managed to incorporate a security detail that goes hand in hand with the overall design that also represents a key national element, as the new Norwegian Passport. The new Norwegian passport, which was designed by Neue a Norwegian multi-discipline design studio based in Oslo won the competition with it concept “The Norwegian landscape”

The one page which everyone is raving about is one where the mountains rise from the sea / fjord. When placed under a black light the page will reveal an image of the Northern Lights making it an innovative approach to security. I wish they would of shown more pages. According to the jury the concept will make the document widely accepted and they appreciate the solutions simplicity. The design is appealing and stylish, the colours are subtle and abstraction of landscape is exciting. The proposal seems to be designed with great emphasis on the function of passports and ID cards, and emerges clearly as a value document.

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Oslo City survey illustrations

Posted by rod - 17.11.2014

One of my favourite magazines Monocle created a city survey of Oslo (my current home) in their 78th issue. In addition, although very small, they also included the VisitOslo logo which I have been working on for the past year. South African design studio Muti who also illustrated a map of Japan for Monocle got the task to illustrate the Norwegian capital for the city survey.  The Oslo City survey illustrations include most of the cities main attractions such as the Opera house, Akershus festning, Vulkan, Vigelands park, the Palace etc. They also included some of the lesser-known aspects of the city at least for tourists such as the skiing slope, the beach huk, Hoved island and the many music festivals. Having lived in the Oslo for 7 years I think the people in the illustrations are way to happy. And perhaps the background colour which lies under the text is a bit off, giving it the impression that Oslo is situated in a tropical country. Apart from that I love it as most of the work from Muti. Monocle perhaps could of commission an illustrator from Norway.

One of my favourite magazines Monocle created a city survey of Oslo (my current home) in their 78th issue. In addition, although very small, they also included the VisitOslo logo which I have been working on for the past year. South African design studio Muti who also illustrated a map of Japan for Monocle got the task to illustrate the Norwegian capital for the city survey.

The Oslo City survey illustrations include most of the cities main attractions such as the Opera house, Akershus Festning, Vulkan, Vigelands park, the Palace etc. They also included some of the lesser-known aspects of the city at least for tourists such as the skiing slope, the beach huk, Hoved island and the many music festivals. Having lived in the Oslo for 7 years I think the people in the illustrations are way to happy. And perhaps the background colour which lies under the text is a bit off, giving it the impression that Oslo is situated in a tropical country. Apart from that I love it as most of the work from Muti. Monocle perhaps could of commission an illustrator from Norway.

Oslo City survey illustrations1One of my favourite magazines Monocle created a city survey of Oslo (my current home) in their 78th issue. In addition, although very small, they also included the VisitOslo logo which I have been working on for the past year. South African design studio Muti who also illustrated a map of Japan for Monocle got the task to illustrate the Norwegian capital for the city survey.  The Oslo City survey illustrations include most of the cities main attractions such as the Opera house, Akershus festning, Vulkan, Vigelands park, the Palace etc. They also included some of the lesser-known aspects of the city at least for tourists such as the skiing slope, the beach huk, Hoved island and the many music festivals. Having lived in the Oslo for 7 years I think the people in the illustrations are way to happy. And perhaps the background colour which lies under the text is a bit off, giving it the impression that Oslo is situated in a tropical country. Apart from that I love it as most of the work from Muti. Monocle perhaps could of commission an illustrator from Norway.Oslo City survey illustrations6Oslo City survey illustrations4Oslo City survey illustrations3Oslo City survey illustrations5Oslo City survey illustrations8One of my favourite magazines Monocle created a city survey of Oslo (my current home) in their 78th issue. In addition, although very small, they also included the VisitOslo logo which I have been working on for the past year. South African design studio Muti who also illustrated a map of Japan for Monocle got the task to illustrate the Norwegian capital for the city survey.  The Oslo City survey illustrations include most of the cities main attractions such as the Opera house, Akershus festning, Vulkan, Vigelands park, the Palace etc. They also included some of the lesser-known aspects of the city at least for tourists such as the skiing slope, the beach huk, Hoved island and the many music festivals. Having lived in the Oslo for 7 years I think the people in the illustrations are way to happy. And perhaps the background colour which lies under the text is a bit off, giving it the impression that Oslo is situated in a tropical country. Apart from that I love it as most of the work from Muti. Monocle perhaps could of commission an illustrator from Norway.

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Yggdrasil – Norwegian liquid honey packaigng

Posted by rod - 20.10.2014
Yggdrasil - Norwegian liquid honey packaigng
Yggdrasil is a new range of liquid honey from Honningcentralen, the leading honey producer in Norway.
The design is inspired by the stories of the viking gods and norse mythology. It is said that honey drops falls from the leaves of Yggdrasil, the world tree. When the gods held their counsils, they gathered around this tree.
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Norway’s new banknote designs

Posted by rod - 13.10.2014

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The idea of the banknote originated in China during the Han Dynasty in 118 BC and bas made of leather. Since then a lot has happen, from the way we design banknotes to the material we print it on.

One of the beauties about designing banknotes is the visual story it tells us. Not only does it tell us how much it is worth but also where it originates from, who the local heroes are, its famous landmarks or its national recourses. The Bank of Norway choose the theme “Sea“ which had to be incorporated into each design. The sea is an important part of the norwegian economy, with is rich resources from the oil and gas industry to the fishing industry. But it is also has a right seafaring history.

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From the many submitted entries, eight of them went on to the final round which of Oslo-based graphic design studios The Metric System together with Snøhetta were the winners. The Metric System’s front was choses because it was designed in a very good way so that the necessary security elements can be incorporated.  Snøhetta’s pixel design was chosen for the backside. According to the jury the design is both traditional and modern.

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Hellstrøm Juleaquavit packaging design

Posted by rod - 04.03.2014

Hellstrøm Juleaquavit packaging design

In modern times Christians all over the world celebrates Christmas. It is believed that this date was chosen to offset pagan celebrations of the Winter solstice, occurring in the northern hemisphere during the coldest season of the year. Although winter was regarded as the season of dormancy, darkness and cold, the coming of lighter days after the winter solstice brought on a festive mood. The return of light (life) was a reason to celebrate that Nature’s cycle was continuing.

At this time, the animals for slaughter were the fattest,
flour had been processed,
all the work of autumn was completed,
and it was time to celebrate.

Primstav is the ancient Norwegian perpetual calendar stick. These calendars did not disappear after Lutheranism was introduced into Norway, they merely changed their function and became agricultural almanacs, where the signs representing the Catholic saints acquired new meanings, now related to housekeeping and agriculture.

The division of the year on the primstav was divided into a summer half (April 14th – October 13th , the period of harvesting) and a winter half (October 14th – April 13th, the period of consuming).

Hellstrøm ChristmasAquavit 2013 reaffirms those symbols loaded with an ancient wisdom in the form of a pattern transmitting both a festive mood and a vast heritage connected to nature, farming and conviviality. Production batch of n.6237 gold enameled bottles. The Hellstrøm Juleaquavit packaging design was designed by OlssønBarbieri

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Beautiful Attractions of Oslo

Posted by rod - 26.08.2013

The Beautiful Attractions of Oslo campaign was created by advertising agency LBi for Park Inn hotel. The illustrative ad’s feature some of the capitals main attractions such as Vigelandsparken, Holmenkollen and the Munch Museum. Check out more Norwegian art and design inspiration here.

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Lofoten – Norway

Posted by rod - 20.05.2013

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One of the most stunning places of Norway are the Lofoten archipelago. Located within the Arctic Circle the islands are characterised by their stunning mountains that rise from the sea and the small fishing villages. Photographer Moritz Groba took the above images whilst on a trip in the winter months.

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Norwegian inspired snowboard design

Posted by rod - 07.02.2013

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It’s every designer’s dream to one day design the graphics on a snowboard. Oslo based illustrator Peter-John de Villiers got this opportunity and created the artwork for a Pro Model snowboard, commissioned by Norwegian rider Fredrik Austbo and Rhythm snowboards.

Fredrik: “For my artwork I wanted to feature the swords that represent my hometown of Stavanger, so I put my friend Peter-John at Shallowtree.com on it. He went to work for 24 hours straight, and I’m SO blown away by the result!”

The snowboard design includes a series of elements inspired by Norway, such as the the viking, the dragon (which often is seen on the bow of viking ships) and the sword (from i.e. the Swords in Rock.)

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Norwegian tail design

Posted by rod - 09.08.2012

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I have been flying with Norwegian on quite a few trips around europe but it never crossed my mind to create a post on their tail designs until now. Norwegian low cost airline Norwegian is cherishing national heros by placing them onto the tail of their fleet. Amongst the people featured are Polar explorer Roald Amundsen, Playwrighter Henrik Ibsen, Literature Nobel Prize winner Sigrid Undset and many more. Norwegian is also representing famous people of their neighboring countries Sweden and Denmark on their tail. You can check them all out her.

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Norwegian dragon skateboards

Posted by rod - 26.06.2012

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Foto: Magnar Brandseth/NRK

Norwegian dragon skateboards designs

Foto: Magnar Brandseth/NRK

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Have you ever wonder what happens when you combine traditional Norwegian woodcraft and skateboards? I haven’t, but the brothers Bjørndalssæter from Oppdal and Alexander Nässelqvist from Larvik did and the result is quite impressive and unique.

Running under the company Æ the skateboards are hand made by the brothers and are inspired by Norse mythology that incorporate dragons that are carved out of birch-wood. Wood carving has had a long tradition in Oppdal and now this ancient art is taking on new forms that could revitalise the industry to look into new markets.

In 2011 I reported about the Mumbai Skateboards which are also hand crafted and worth a look at. It is refreshing to see that modern and traditional cultures are being merged, to create something new and exciting.

Although it is in Norwegian there is an interesting video about the Æ skateboards on NRK. Also check out Æ’s facebook page.

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VW Norway illustration

Posted by rod - 16.04.2012

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Norway is an amusement park and fun to drive around in, is the message of Volkswagen Norway for its latest print advertising campaign. Peter-John de Villiers, an illustrator currently based in Oslo, Norway, created the amazing illustration which is a 4 page fold-out spread in the D2 magazine. The illustration features all sorts of typical Norwegian things and places such as Sinnataggen, Holmenkollen, the Swords in Rock, trolls, a reindeer, a viking church and so on. With so many details one discovers new things the longer one looks at it. The idea and the advert itself was created by Oslo based ad agency TRY in conjunction with ByHands.

PJ also created the Blades NYC skateboards and is part of the CreativeRoots global talent list.

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Rein beer packaging design

Posted by rod - 01.03.2012

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The Rein beer is a beer which I would love to see in the shops. The Norwegian red colour just pops out, enhancing the beer’s shelf impact amongst the shades of a more traditional beer environment. Apart from the red colour, which is present in the national flag, on most barns and old fishermen cabins, Norway is also well-known for the reindeer as one of the national animals. A black illustration of a reindeer is featured on the packaging design, enriching the origin of the beer and differentiating itself from its competitors. A white colour was chosen for the logo, symbol and type, which again stands out from the red background colour.

The Rein beer packaging concept was created by Vladimir Pospelov and was a personal project of his. Thanks to Melissa from ideastosteal for the tip.

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Vintage Norwegian sardine tins

Posted by rod - 14.12.2011

Vintage Norwegian sardine tins at the Norwegian Canning Museum

If you are interested in Norwegian vintage Sardin tin design and are near the sea side town Stavanger you should visit the Norwegian Canning Museum. The image above is take from their packaging collection and was found via visualphotos

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Oslo Ceramic Coasters

Posted by rod - 19.08.2011

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Set of 6 Ceramic Coasters, produced and available through Shapeways.

This project started with my fascination for city grids, from the strict geometry of New York to the seemingly chaotic Bombay, India layout. At the time, living abroad and a bit homesick, I decided to use the map of my hometown, Oslo, Norway as a starting point for my Oslo Coasters. I picked 6 different areas in Oslo that represents different memories for me and created these products based on the city grid. I decided on the final dimensions and boiled down my selection to 6 areas in Oslo based on what they represent for me: No.1 Majorstuen, No.2 Parkveien, No.3 Sentrum, No.4 Kvadraturen, No.5 Sentrum Øst and No.6 Grünerløkka. The can be used seperatly or together. Designed by Studio Hansen

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Breathtaking Norway

Posted by rod - 11.05.2011

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Have a look at these 12 vintage photochrom of breathtaking landscape, architecture and fashion of Norway. Created between 1890-1900 and the images can be found via the Library of Congress photography archive. via livefastmag

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Karmøy Gravlaks

Posted by rod - 22.04.2011

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Here is a great student project from the Westerdals School of Communication.

“The Challenge: Pick a typical Norwegian product and redesign the packaging for international launch, primarily in France. Pay attention to cultural differences and design the package so that it stands out in the typical french retail environment.

The Solution: We chose to promote the already well known Norwegian salmon. As this is an already popular product in France, we decided to focus on a specific type of prepared salmon called Gravlaks. In addition to a standard package containing the usual sliced pieces, we also designed a longer, narrower package containing smaller slices ready to eat. The project was exhibited in france at Axe Sud, a French school of graphic arts and visual communication.

Karmøy Laks is a well respected producer of premium Norwegian salmon. As told by the company profile at visitnorway.com: “It cannot be more special and it is not produced anywhere else – right here by the water’s edge, using age-old methods and traditional recipes. Every bite tastes of professional pride. It takes 100 hours to finish the product: filleting, salting, drying, smoking and maturing. The taste tells it all.”

 

 

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