Posts Tagged ‘Design’


February 3, 2010

Ståle on Swiss Miss

Link to Swiss Miss article

Quite some years ago dad was interviewed in a book by Cathy Fishel that it took me a while to find, it is called “Inside the business of graphic design”.

Its quite funny ho this qoute ceept popping up, if you google it you always find someone talking about it… Google search

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Detlef the Project Manager

October 21, 2009


A current fun side project I’m doing in my coffe breaks at work. I brought Detlef to work one day and one thing led to another. So now I present to you. The life of Detlef The Projekt Manager. Its a work in progress and more pictures to come.


Inspired by a project I did with Andreas originally, here.

Can I see your businesscard?

May 12, 2009


Pattern Tap

May 4, 2009


A very useful reference site for webdesigners.



February 3, 2009

The yearly design competition for a good cause Good50x70 are calling for entries again.

Check out the briefs:

This years competition website:

100 kilo website

January 18, 2009

We had a couple of days to spare in the office after new years so we decided to do something a bit different during those days. I have wanted to literally build a website for a while so this seemed like the perfect occasion to have a bit of fun and get down with some DIY. So we got a little money at our disposal, made some sketches and started going about getting hold of all the needed material. We bought a lot of plywood some 40 meters of wooden beams, a birds house for the home icon, a folder for the portfolio icon, spray cans, paint, wallpaper and a lots of other stuff, the video tells the rest of the story.

The music in the video is made by tsjekkoslovakia a band by some of my colleagues.

The footage was shot by the one and only, Karina Lavik

The company is M&L.

Check the live site:


Here are some pictures from the construction:





January 12, 2009


Magnivate is an interactive boutique agency based in Jakarta. Check out their website which comes in the form of an interactive world with some cute illustrations, maybe a bit cliche, but very nicely done. It makes me wonder if sites like these are only viewed by people like me and not by potential clients? Would they bother?  Linky

Andreas – the unnoficial Mozilla Art Platform

December 17, 2008 is dedicated to the development of experimental browser software. Artistic add-ons get rejected on common extension hosts (“useless art”). We collect and exhibit creative works, share code and tutorials (, and publish news from the scene. The Team is happy to see that more and more artists use add-ons as their media for artistic expression. *still under construction*


Oh god, it’s so good!

10 Very Good Reasons Why You Should Grow A Giant Beard

November 11, 2008

More stuff from Matthew Inman for dating site Mingle.

Also responsible for:-

How to turn your car into an unstoppable murder machine

The 8 phases of dating

10 reasons it would rule to date a unicorn

9 Reasons not to date a tyranosaurus rex

How to impress women through the ages

Bad kissers

Zombie harmony

e-learning the right way

November 3, 2008

A lot of people have the idea that e-learning is some boring way of being educated by loading a CD in your laptop and flipping through page after page of boring material, and that this was an experiment that died out in the end of the 90’s.  However there are a lot of copmanies that do e-learning for employees etc, and some of these are actually quite good. I have had some first hand experience of working with e-learning  through this last half year, and being one of the people mentioned above I have now changed my mind some what on the subject. There are some really good e-learning platforms out there. The problem is that a lot of the good ones are for companies internal education only, and can not be posted on the web or this blog. However I came across a really neat little e-learning website made for the Qeensland Government – department of justice and attourney general. The e-learning site is aimed at young adults getting out into the real world, and teaches them (sometimes quite naively) about the facts of urban life. It’s nicely presented through this little isometric world. enjoy.


Big M


September 24, 2008

Umlaut is the name of the dots over certain letters in the german written language for example Ü Ö Ä. Since moving to germany I have found that umlauts can be pretty cool when it comes to typography, as it allows for some fun experimentation.I have also seen umlauts been used in london. For example there is a pub in covent garden called bünker. And they use the umlauts as much as they can in menues etc. even though they are completely wrong, they just think it looks cool.

Typographically there can be a problem with umlauts. Especially if you have a tight leading. The “problem” with umlauts especially shows itself when you use it on capital letters as it goes over the max hight of the letter. as seen here: ÄÜÖ – AUO. I believe it’s not so much a problem as it is an opportunity to make something interresting with those “excess” dots. I have seen some cool versions of this around in germany, like putting the umlauts under the letters and inside etc.

I made a little visual experiment. I’ve taken the liberty of altering my name Magnus to Mägnüs, for the sake of this experiment.

Yours truly


Atypyk ideas

September 14, 2008

Thanks to Henry Ryder for sending my this link to Atypyk latest concepts. Atypyk is a French design team based in Paris. Some of the ideas are a bit silly like the ‘Limo shopping trolley’. I really like this door mat although  I think i would have used it as a rug if it comes in different sizes. I also recognized the glue on ‘Skin Deep Buttons’ (the buttons you stick straight on your skin) from Fred And Friend, turns out they sell quite a few Atypyk ideas. More ideas below.

Art from another universe

September 12, 2008

I think everyone who works in a creative environment, over time, becomes somewhat jaded… its only natural. Familarity breeds contempt as they say and so much of what we see creatively is based on an idea or a concept that is already familiar to us.

It takes a lot to shake us out of our malaise and be truly inspired by (or even jealous of) someones particular talent. Thats what seeing the art of Alberto Seveso has done for me and some of my colleagues.

Like something from another world or universe even, Seveso blends photoshop and illustrator elements seamlessy into a strange mix of other-wordly, stylistically challenging imagery which begs closer inspection due to the intricacy and depth achieved in each piece.

And even on closer inspection, I find it almost impossible to see where photographic elements blend into illustrator elements but I find the pieces utterly fascinating… as I’m sure most people do. You can only imagine the amount of man hours required to achieve this level of work but for me, however long they take is time well spent… as is the length of time you take pouring over them – it seems to me that the longer you look the more pleasure you get.


September 11, 2008

Nice site with some good and bad design guidlines, interesting case studies and some nice inspiration!

I Especially enjoyed the Hacking Ikea (the Ikea sex toy) and Ogilvy Oracle posts 🙂

Or as Tommaso Minnetti puts it:

“…it’s basically a space to collect all the stupid soundbites that designers say either about themselves or design. It’s something we’re all guilty of at one time or another (normally when we’re drunk, but apparently some people actually take themselves seriously) so this site is just to remind us that we are human at the end of the day.”


The Kettle Design Competition

September 11, 2008

American World Kitchen is promoting a kettle design competition. Until 06-jan-2009, applicants can submit their kettle designs.

The kettles must use glass, metal or ceramic as the primary material, and also have to be functional.

The winner design prize is US$5,000, being awarded in the International Home + Housewares Show®, in Chicago.


August 21, 2008

I don’t really konw what I mean by ‘Kapow!’ But I always wanted to write kapow! in a heading. I have to say when I came across this site which lets you view an archive of creative fonts and also download them I got pretty excited, and a little ‘kapow!’ went of in my head. The site has a fun simple design aswell and I love that each font is represented by a design of itslef rather than just a list of font-names. It’s a great page for inspiration aswell as a resource.

The font download site is actually a section of the NEO2 blog, which has a lot to offer creatively. It’s a spanish blog supporting the NEO2 magazine. I suggest you check that one out too. Here.



New Porsche Site

August 18, 2008

The company I’m working for at the moment ( here in Germany just recently launched the new Porsche website. It’s not a completely new site but more of a facelift, with extras. The site has coprporate designs style but also very clean, and I really like the interface of the main menu. You can actually browse all the models and find the car you like without clicking once. I also reccomend you check out the ‘build your own porsche’ section in 3D. Very nice but you need Shockwave installed.


Your German correspondent, feeding London stuff from across the pond.


Brief 08

July 18, 2008

We went along to the Brief 08 event at the Design Council yesterday. The concept is that your agency submits a team that on the night is set a brief to solve. Then all the teams present their ideas to a panel of judges who decides which is the best idea. By having one of our co workers on the judges panel we felt sure of victory. How-ever a team of students who by no means answered the brief in hand won the entire thing. Which was really nice. I was expecting it to be full of these agency types who enter in order get some ego massage and justification for their sky high salaries, instead there where lots of (as far as creatives go) down to earth peeps enjoying the company and the free beers. Check out the pics here linky.

Creativity from Germany

July 16, 2008

A colleague of mine in my new office here in germany showed me this site. I was looking at some illustration sites and he said “oh I have a friend that does some cool illustrations…” and he introduced me to Klonek. I really like his illustrations. Quite retro, and a contrast to all the superdetailed-high-tech-pointy-industrial-collage illsutrations you see so much these days. It might not be to everyones taste but I think he has something. Check out his weird webpage here.

Oh, also on the subject of illustration. I want to share a link to some illustrators Ricardo showed me a while a go, I know it hasn’t been on the blog so it deserves an entry. Check out mulheresbarbadas.

Your German correspondent Magnus

The Chineese Design Revolution

July 3, 2008

I have grown accustomed to hear that soon all design will be much more influenced by Chinese design. I must admit that i don’t really know what contemporary Chinese design represent and that until now none of my sources of inspiration for contemporary design have been Chinese.

Liu Zheng or 96k is a freelance graphic designer in Beijing, a former Chinese athlete according to him self. His work is impeccable, but to me it seems to inspired by western design trends. So with this bit of flimsy argumentation I conclude that the ‘Chinese Design Revolution’ is not happening (yet). Please tell me why I’m wrong.

Please have a look at his impressive portfolio at

Yours, in ignorant bliss