Jan
14
2010
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Dec
02
2009
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Make the climate cool, by making an uncool videoclip!

I think this is the most uncool rap & clip I have ever seen, BUT it is soooo uncool, that it is fantastic!! Or at least in my view. Judge for yourself.

via the climateers

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Nov
30
2009
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A wonderful recipe for Copenhagen

funny, clear and understandable!! I especially like the ” it doesn’t have to look pretty, it just has to work”

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Nov
20
2009
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Heaven can wait

GREAT, I am amazed such a great great video of Beck & Charlotte Gainsbourg and produced by Keith Schofield. Visually exciting, but most of all the double layers of meaning it has!

Nov
02
2009
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Label a Designer

If you would ask me what I call myself, I would say “a human being – just like you”.

I don’t like labels and I remember that, on my first business card, I titled myself as an Illustrator. My second contained Illustrator, Designer and Artist. I was trying to identify tags that could explain the kind of work I do – or at that moment did. I was struggling to find my place in the Design – Art World. I was considering to have all round designer on the next one, but I realised that it actually didn’t say anything. Nobody would understand what I actually did by calling myself all round. On my current business card, there is no title. I do have 3-4 web links on them, which I hope explain or cover my field of work.

During my post graduate study, I designed another card, to use for my project. Here I had a different approach. On the front it simply says “YOU ARE GREAT”  and on the back of the card there is a web link to my project. The approach, in this case, was to focus on my receiver and use positive affirmations. Instead of explaining what I did, I attempted to provide him/her an experience.

Recently, I was asked to teach the 1st year students of my former academy. Showing my graduation project, tell about Relational Design and what that means in a SRVD ( Socially Responsive Design) context. There were two things that struck me. 1) even though quite some of the students knew about my work from before, it was still very odd and new to them. 2) they didn’t understand what I did or how I could make a living out of ‘my way of design’. Questions as “So what do you call yourself?” “How do you earn money?” ” How do you approach organisation and institutions, when you want to work for them?” were asked. I felt my answers didn’t satisfy them in the sense that, it didn’t fit their reality of what a designer does, what a designer is and how a designer works.

At that moment, I found it quite surprising. Apparently my work was so accepted during my studies, that I saw it as something so natural and obvious, that I stopped questioning the label it should have. I just didn’t see the necessity of it. Now, I see that for certain groups it needs an explanation and every group needs a different language, a different tone of voice wrapped around the same arguments. Arguments yes. Sometimes it feels like I need to defend everything I stand for, even though I use design for the social good. These students were new to this field of Design and I know that, in their BA education the notion of  more traditional design departments prevails. When you are not exposed to other ways of thinking and working, you can’t know. When you are not encouraged, stimulated and incited to explore every kind of boundary there is – and dare to cross it – you don’t look further. Another experience related to this, was working – voluntary – for 350.org. I was asked to help and organise actions and events for this cause. I found out, that I was perhaps thinking too much in my own language and forgot that I wasn’t working with people who have a creative background. All well hearted people, coming from fields as biology, economy, environmentalism, activism, ecology, etc.

We all had the same aim.

We all had ideas about how this should be done.

Our ideas didn’t align.

I felt and feel that I have some expertise in this. Studying and experimenting on how to reach, engage and empower people, for over 2 years in theory and practice. Though, in the end of this collaboration between various fields – something I like to see as THE solution for many issues – I felt left alone. Likely, because I wasn’t explaining my arguments and reasons in the right way.

Back to my starting point: I still don’t like labels. But I understand the need to be able to explain what I do, to various kind of people. Preferably short and concise. So what am I then? Let’s try some terms and see how that feels and what it says:

Social Designer

Conceptual Designer

Meta Designer

Process Designer

Queen of Creativity

….

Oct
29
2009
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Global Action Day

Last Saturday me and Jeiran staged a Social Dialogue in Vigelandsparken where we let the statues talk! The statues are very expressive and turned out to be a perfect means to talk about the serious global issues we are facing. We were able to raise a discussion in a friendly way, making it understandable and approachable for all passers by. At least all the people there, gave us thumbs up, big smiles and wanted to know more about 350.org.

Though we didn’t really get media attention, the responses of the public were meaningful. More pictures can be found on my flickr and Behance.

Oct
15
2009
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350.org

This post is part of Blog Action Day, where – for me – the main aim was to write something about the necessity for awareness, change and action towards our environment.

I have been involved in conceptualising actions and events for the global action day on the 24th of October for 350.org – an international campaign dedicated to building a movement to unite the world around solutions to the climate crisis–the solutions that science and justice demand.

Their mission is to inspire the world to rise to the challenge of the climate crisis—to create a new sense of urgency and of possibility for our planet.

The focus is on the number 350–as in parts per million, the level scientists have identified as the safe upper limit for CO2 in our atmosphere. At the moment we are in the danger zone and action need to be taken at the Climate Conference in Copenhagen this December, where world leaders will meet.

more info on their website

One of the things I initiated is the following:

Promote 350.org and spread the message by writing/drawing the number 350.org with a bar of soap on the glass wall of bus stops around the city. If you want to you can add an additional text as “this is an environmentally friendly message/ This message doesn’t do any harm to our environment/future/ Let’s clean up now so we can enjoy the future” or write down a way to cut down C02 emissions.


ps. If you leave your soap bar, you invite others to share their thoughts too!!

The underlying thoughts and strategies for this are using soap to ‘clean’ our future as well that you can wash it away it doesn’t leave permanent marks on the glass. Sort of an environmentally friendly message!

Further there is a plan to stage a (social) dialogue around the statues in Vigelandsparken and there will  be lots of activities going on at Oslo S and Rådhusplassen. Where we hopefully able to transmit information in an engaging way.

Oct
12
2009
0

Found

This I found a while ago on a bench – when the weather was a bit warmer and sunnier – when I was waiting for the bus. It is a commercial for a new movie. Nice interaction!

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Oct
09
2009
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piano stairs

I got this clip forwarded by a friend. In a subway  in Stockholm the stairs were transformed into a piano. You could create your own tunes by stepping, dancing, jumping and bouncing on the stairs.  It is an initiative of Volkswagen and if I understood it well (my Swedish is not that good) it is a stipend they hand out. More info (in Swedish) on www.rolighetsteorin.se according to them  “the easiest way to change people’s behaviour for the better is by making it fun to do. We call it The fun theory.

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Oct
05
2009
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workshop service design

I participated in another workshop last friday, at AHO, the school of Architecture and Design in Oslo. Alice Andreoli, a Masterstudent service design, has contacted me before to talk about her project. in which she is exploring how SiO student accommodation in Oslo, could be improved through better services. In our talk we spoke about the tools of communication I used in my project and she was laying out her strategies. One of the things I really liked, was that, for a month, she moved into Bjerke Studenthus  – one of the SIO accommodations – and by doing so, becoming an user herself. In that time, she was also actively testing and experimenting with forms of connecting with the residents. She did this in ways I have done as well: providing some kind of tools/installations in which a dialogue could formed by the participants/respondents and generating solutions in the process. I have been following her blog and it was wonderful to see all the interactions and results.

For the workshop on Friday she had invited several (service) designers, architects from her school as well as residents of SIO and some of staff of SIO – who were very pleased with this project. I found the workshop to be a great learning experience and so many good ideas were generated. The strategies used to generate ideas, were very playful and simple with great success as an outcome. Personal and professional values were brought together on this platform. By starting with the simple question to close our eyes for 1 minute and think about home everyone was able to sympathise and relate personally to the subject of the workshop. We wrote down some associations and then we started with the next round. Another good tactic was that for one assignment – write down thoughts on how SIO can be better and improve the information and services – we wrote down all ideas and we passed them on to our neighbour, then, you could see if you got inspired by those ideas. I thought it was very effective.

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