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Hi and welcome to my personal blog and your free resource site. I'm a 25 years old Girl from Asker, Norway. I just came back from Melbourne, Australia. Where I got my bachelor degree in graphic design at RMIT University. Now I'm on a job hunt, while working at H&M in Oslo. In my blog I write about school, fashion, life and whatever else I like. More?
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Featured in Gallery

I’ve been featured in Gallery with my beer packaging, Mercator. I was asked through my Behance profile in the end of October and just a few weeks ago I received the magazine. Super exciting to see your work in a world wide magazine. Mercator was also gonna be featured in Wallpaper*, but it didn’t get there in time, though I got featured on their website. So that’s kinda cool.


I didn’t get it. But…

You know I was headhunted a while back?
After over a months process, with interviews, I didn’t get the job. They told me I was one of the favorites and among the final four candidates, but they went with someone else. I got the news on Friday, which ruined my weekend. I’ve been down since then and haven’t had the motivation to apply for any other jobs. Though yesterday I finally pulled myself together and sent some applications around.

I actually have a new interview next Tuesday and another place that might be interested in me, I just have to call them tomorrow to set a date. So this is good news! I’m finally excited again and I’m starting to see a way out of H&M. Don’t get me wrong. I love working there, it’s just that I love graphic design more and I’m afraid to get stuck there.

I’ll update you more, when things get sorted out. Cross your fingers for me:)

Random photo from Australia. I Miss it!

One week at Fuel

Wow, this week has gone by so quickly. Each day has sorta floated into the next, so I have no idea what I did which day. It’s been so much fun. I feel like I have to apologize for disappearing again. But starting work 9 am and finishing at 5 pm is hard. When we got home from work we just ate dinner, watched a movie and went straight to bed. I’ve been so tired. We usually haven’t gone home until almost six every day this week and if we needed to do some grocery shopping or other stuff we haven’t made it home till at least 8 pm. Long days, in other words. But so worth it. I love having had the chance to do this.

The first day we started brainstorming on a concept for a 30 second Youtube ad for an Australian insurance company. The other guys in the creatives theme did that as well, then we met up and discussed the concepts. They ended up combining our idea with one of their, plus two other concepts. Then they sent off some rough sketches to the client for them to choose the one they liked the most and they ended up going for our idea. So Morten’s been drawing each frame for the animation all week. It turned out really good. Hopefully the client will approve soon and we’ll see the ad up and running on Youtube shortly. The main goal is to get users to not click on the skip ad button and hopefully get them to actually click the ad. I might show you the finished ad if I’m allowed to:P

I did some other work while Morten did the drawings. I got to do newspaper ads for an existing company doing renovation and extensions on houses. The guys had already done the logo and that was it, so I was free to do what ever I wanted. I also had to do the style guide for the identity. And today I got to start working on the graphics for the website. I didn’t get that far on it though. But it’s a start and it’ll be easy for the guys to finish the job.










Photos are taken by a super sweet girl working at Fuel. I had to ask her for them today as I noticed she was taking some photos during the week.

These photos are from when we worked on the website we made, that landed us the internship at Fuel. They wanted us to work a bit more on them to make them presentable for the client. I didn’t have to make that many changes actually, which I’m so happy for. Started to get a bit tired of the project:P But it was fun learning what the professionals thought of it. And I got to work with a copywriter on the rationale for my website. I love having so many creative guys around me!

Today, our last day, we got free beers. They have beers every Friday afternoon. It was such a great way to end a perfect week. I’m sad we didn’t get to be there for two weeks, but I’m happy we got the chance to be there for one. I really though we didn’t have time considering we’re moving soon and there’s so much we have to get done. Mortens’ parents arrived yesterday and my Mother will be here Monday night. Can’t wait to see her again. I haven’t seen her in 1,5 years. I miss her!

Internship!!!

I have something really fun to tell you guys. Should have told you earlier, but haven’t had the chance and nothing was confirmed until now.

Our last assignment in school was a brief we got from a studio here in Melbourne, called Fuel. We had to make a website for office supplies, sorta like a web shop. The project was super boring, sorry to say it, but it really felt like work-work. I’ve always considered graphic design being fun and even though it’s a job it doesn’t feel like it, but this one did. I think having my own website and a bit knowledge about the subject helped me a lot. I finished quiet quickly, with an okay result.

After I finished school, I got an email saying that Morten and I was chosen along with 8 other people to present our website at Fuel. I’d totally forgot that the project was a competition. Fuel was gonna pick 3-4 people who would get an internship in their studio. So on Monday both Morten and I had our presentations. I HATE speaking like that in front of people. My nerves always takes completely control over me and I usually mess up. It was different this time! I was nervous, don’t get me wrong, but I managed to keep them controlled and I felt the presentation went really well. I had so much adrenaline when I was done. They gave me some feedback right away and it seemed like they were happy with what I’d done. It felt so good.

Yesterday I received an email from Fuel saying Morten, I and two other girls from our class got the internship. Unbelievable. Of 130 students from communication design, we were chosen.

So here’s the problem:
We’ve got plane tickets for Brisbane and we’re supposed to leave on Wednesday (this Wednesday). On Thursday while we’re still in Brisbane, Mortens’ parents are coming to Melbourne (which is stupid as we’re not home, but Morten gave them the wrong date), We get back on Sunday, then my mother arrive the day after. How are we supposed to do a two weeks internship??

Solution:
We arranged a meeting with Fuel today, explained the situation and told them we could skip our Brisbane trip and that we were only available for one week, and that one week had to be next week. Lots of “demands” and money lost on plane tickets. But an internship like this is something you don’t get everyday. It’s such a big opportunity! And it will look great on my CV. They were so understanding and we ended up getting our internship next week. I’m so happy. It’s a bit sad that we’re not gonna have our weekend in Brisbane, but I think I would give that up any given day for an opportunity like this. We also get to be here when Mortens’ parents arrive, which is really nice. It would be sad if they got here while were gone.

I wish you could sell plane tickets, like you can sell concert tickets. Or maybe not, or maybe just the domestic flights? :P

I’m glad Morten also got chosen to do the presentation at Fuel and I’m SO happy we both got the internship. I think having him there during the presentation calmed my nerves. He wasn’t in the room though, but I didn’t have to sit there and wait alone with my stupid thoughts till it was my turn to present. Next week is gonna be fun!


This is Fuel. I should have taken a photo myself of the place, cause I’ve been there a few times now, but I always forget my camera. Oh well. This one is from their website.

Annual report for Craft Victoria

Here’s the last of my folio pieces. I took new photos on a white background instead of the dark grey I used before. I also tried to not use my hands for when I had to turn the pages. Too much hands takes the focus away from the projects, which should be in focus. After tons of test prints I managed to get the levels in the photos just right, you see I started out over exposing them. In the end they turned out really good, and I’m super happy with the result.

Now, thats it. I have nothing more to show you. Morten and I are planing to print out the freelance job we did though. and take some photos of it. We’re pretty happy with how it turned out, and I recon it’ll make a solid folio piece if we get the photos just right. The client were happy too and told us that if they needed anything more in the future, they would use us again:)






Touch of Reiki

For my folio I also took some new photos of the business card I made for my mother. The last ones I took I did in a hurry on my bathroom floor, with poor lighting, because I had to send them off to her for her birthday. These new ones were taken in the studio we set up for folio week. So much better. My future plan with her small business is to make her a proper website and maybe some flyers. It depends on what she needs and if she’s willing to keep up with everything.

I guess there’s only one last thing to show you from my final folio, and that is the Annual report I did for Craft Victoria. I’ll post it tomorrow maybe, if you want to see how the final photos turned out?:)



Wildlife Victoria

I almost forgot this project, which is my absolute favorite along with the beer packaging. I know I’ve also shown you this one before. It’s just that you haven’t seen the really nice photos;)

I should probably start blogging about something else soon. You’re probably tired of me just showing you my projects. I haven’t done anything fun lately, that I can blog about. So that’s why. I’m still trying to improve my website though, so there might be some more updates coming soon.








Xstrata

I know I’ve shown you this before. It’s just that I would like to show it to you guys again. You see I’ve taken new photos of it, and made it into a folio piece. I really wanted eight good projects in my folio this semester, and I only had seven, so I had to dig up some old ones from my archive and try to make them look good. I ended up doing a re-make of the Xstrata one from a year back. I like this assignment, the only problem was that it was a bit to thin, so I sorta had to fake it through my photos. I added a black cardboard with a clamp, to make it look like a small clip board, than I added a pen and some black post-it notes. I’m quite pleased with how it turned out, and I feel like it made a good folio piece.

I’ve almost shown you all the projects that’s in my final folio. There is two more, which you’ve already seen, which It’s the annual report for Craft Victoria and the business cards I made for my mother. I’ve taken new photos of them as well, so if you’d like to see them I can absolutely post them. Just let me know:)




What do you think? Do you remember the project from last year?

Welfe – jewelry packaging

After we did our beer packaging we got this final assignment in our packaging class, which was my elective this last semester. Welfe is a contemporary jewelry designer based in Melbourne. He’s actually engaged to be married to one of my favorite lecturers. So I was pretty excited about the project. We had to design two jewelry boxes, one for rings and one for larger things like necklaces and bracelets. The only big problem was that we had to keep the cost down, the limit was $2 per box. We also had to make the packaging super easy to assemble. The logo was provided to us, so we didn’t have to make a new one.

In the end he’s maybe gonna choose one of our design and actually use it for his jewelry. On his Facebook page it looks like he’s already chosen his fvourites, when he was at school earlier this week. Mine is not in there, even though he shared mine, when I was featured on Packaging of the world. I’m excited to see what happens, there’s so many good designs. The jewelry displayed in the photos are not from his collection, you can see his jewelry on Welfe.com.






The housewarming party yesterday was okay, nice to sit and just catch up with people, but I wasn’t too keen on drinking. We left around 1 am, which I’m glad for today. Also about the freelance job, the client loved the two logos we had as favorites, so now we just have to find a way to combine them. We’ll send in some modified logos by the end of the day. Exciting to see how it’ll turn out:)

Self promotion

One of our last assignments we got was to make a self promotion for our self that we could send out to studios. Because I was spending all my time working on the beer packaging I had only 4-5 days to finish this assignment. I’m so glad I had a plan for it, and that it turned out the way it did. Because when we first got the assignment I knew that I wasn’t gonna send it out to anyone, but now I feel like I absolutely should!

The tin box is spray painted in matte black, with the logo in gloss varnish. The cover of the notebook also has a gloss varnish finish. Inside are photos of my work. By not revealing everything about each project, I aim to make the studio curious about who I am. It will trigger them to visit my website and find out more about me and my work.








I’m working on a new layout as we speak, buuut I haven’t been coding in ages and I’m never satisfied with the layouts I make, so I have no idea when it will be up. But I can reveal that my photos will be wider than they are now:) Yey for bigger photos!!

Little Spines

Little Spines is an anthology of creative writing by students at RMIT University, 2012. Our task was to design the whole book. Three students from each class was chosen to present their design to the creative writers. All together it was 15 students from communication design that was chosen. I was one of them. The presentation went so bad, because I was too nervous to even remember how to speak properly english. So embarrassing. I think I managed to say everything that I had planned in the end, but my design didn’t get picked. I’m happy I was one of the 15 students though. All together I think we’re about 130 students from communication design. So I should be pretty happy:)

For my design I didn’t just want to do a typical human spine. I started looking at other things that could resemble a spine. Therefore I did a naked tree and a half page with leafs. The human spine is what holds us together, as does the trunk and branches of a tree with its leafs. I think I spent around three hours masking out that tree in Photoshop:P And when I was finished I wasn’t even sure if I wanted to use it, glad I did though. For the insides of the book I chose to keep it super clean as the text is the hero. With too many design elements it would’ve taken the attention away from the text.







What do you think?

Happy. Tired. Bachelor degree, done!

Hi guys. I feel like I have to say sorry once again, for just disappearing. I finished school on Monday. And I finally got my bachelor degree(!!!). I won’t get the actual degree until December the 12th though. But at least I’m finished, no more school. Ever(?). I might study some more in a couple of years, but for the time being I just wanna get some experience in the field and figure out what kind of area I like. I don’t think it’s sunk in yet, that I’m done and that I have a bachelor. It feels so weird.

On Monday we celebrated all day. We started drinking at 11 am and I have no idea when or how I got to bed. Morten says I went to sleep around 10 pm. Not that I remember. We had so much fun. We started at a Workshop, where all students from 2nd and 3rd year met up along with our teachers, we drank and had a barbecue. Then everyone came back to our place to continue partying. I was in a coma yesterday:P

I feel so bad that I haven’t been abel to update you guys on what’s been going on. I just had to focus 100% on my school work. And I couldn’t be happier with the result. My final folio turned out amazing and this is a folio that I can be proud of, I’m actually not gonna do any alternations at all, I’m gonna go back to Norway and start job hunting right away. I’ll get it back at the end of this month, then I can show you how it turned out:)

It’s so weird suddenly having so much spear time. We’re not going back to Norway until December 15th. I know I should get a job down here as soon as possible, but then again I really don’t want a job before I’m back in Norway. I just wanna enjoy my time off from everything. Summer is around the corner as well, and my plan is to get super tan before I go back to snow and winter.

I feel like I have so much to tell you guys and show you. I have no idea where to start. Let me show you my assignments first, sounds good? The first one I want to show you is my beer packaging. I spent 9 weeks, maybe more, working on it and I’m really happy with the result. It’s maybe gonna be featured in Wallpaper*, which is a world known magazine amongst designers. The only problem is that I had to send my assignment all the way to London, and it had to be there Monday morning (last week), and it arrived at 15:29 Monday evening. They haven’t answered my email yet, so I still don’t know if I’m gonna be in the magazine or not. I really hope so, cause it’s such a great way to get exposure. Fingers crossed. Anyway, here it is:




I hope you guys are still following me, even though I’ve been gone for a couple of months. I’m planning to make a new layout pretty soon and I really wanna start blogging regularly again. I can’t wait to show you the rest of my work, I’m so proud of what I have achieved these last months:)

First assignment: PÛR

Hi everyone. Since we last spoke I’ve been sick, finished my first assignment, been stressed and more sick. The cold just won’t let go. It started out with a whole two days of sneezing, followed by a complete stuffy nose. Yey! I haven’t had any fever, this second time around (feels like I’ve been sick twice in a row, cause I was starting getting better, then boom sick again). I’m feeling better now though, just my nose that’s fucked.

The last weeks we’ve been quite social, by going to two concerts, secret walls and hanging out with Mari, Magnus and Audun. It’s so nice to have Mari here and not half the world away. I have some nice photos from the different events, that I’ll share with you later.

Schoolwise I’m not doing as good as I’d hoped. The first assignment was due yesterday. I was hoping to do better than I did. Lack of motivation I guess. Anyway, the assignment was to make high end bathroom amenities for a hotel here in Melbourne. We had four hotels to choose from and we had to make at least three packages. I chose The Prince hotel, in St Kilda, a classy design hotel and I decided to name the line PÛR. Which is the Welsh way of spelling pure. Here’s how they turned out:


About the meeting

When I got to the meeting yesterday I was the first one there, so I got to speak to my teacher a little bit before the others arrived. She actually didn’t know anything about the meeting either. I knew more than she did actually, because I got a mail the day before telling us we were gonna have lunch with Natalie. So we had lunch, we talked and showed her our folios, she talked some more and that was really it. There were no internships, no jobs she wanted us to do. It was just a meet’n'greet.

Natalie Bloom is a really nice down to earth person. She talked about her days studying at RMIT, how she got to where she is today and she gave us a lot of tips. Like getting into digital medias, which is a huge thing at the moment and tons of things about how they do their packagings. It was a laid back atmosphere through out the whole meeting and we got to ask her tons of questions. I have to admit I was a little disappointed that there was no internship or any agenda behind the meeting other that getting to meet Natalie.

I’m glad I was picked out though. I got a chance to speak to Jo, who is one of our teachers, I’m not in her class so I haven’t had a chance to get to know her really. I think she noticed me yesterday and she loved the idea with the folio I made as a leave behind, incase Natalie didn’t have time to look at it.

So there you have it guys. There was no point in me being so nervous;)

Coptic stitch binding

So I actually spent two days finishing the folio for the meeting with Natalie Bloom. I didn’t think it would take that long. Though I took tons of breaks:P I had to wait for the glue to dry and stuff, so that’s probably it. I’m happy with the outcome and the photos for this folio turned out great, compared to the actual folio I handed in at the end of this semester.

I photographed almost each step while I was binding. The hardest parts was putting on the fabric around the covers and of course the sawing part. I spent all day sawing it. Stupid thread. It kept tangling. At one point it actually broke, as I was trying to tighten it as much as possible. So there’s a knot in there that shouldn’t be there. But it’s not too visible. The binding method I used is called a coptic stitch binding. I’ve never done it before so I used a tutorial on youtube. I’m happy with how it turned out considering it’s my first try.