Thoughts, updates and experiments.
The first thing I ever discussed with Ingvild Schade was her book. We talked about it for a long time, too. It turns out there was a lot to discuss there. It’s a faceted piece of writing: it identifies variously as dark comedy, poetry, bizarre slice-of-life. An interesting novel, to say the least.
A lot of topics raced through my head, but I mostly zeroed in on the pompous nature of keeping records (the title means Record book of Drammen, Drammen being a famously ‘boring’ city in Norway). It’s pretty grotesque to take note of your ‘personal best’, particularly to make it public. It brought me on the path of Greek frieze design and the notion of carving your successes into marble.
Famously, those ancient marbles were once brightly coloured monuments. Erosion (and human intervention) have turned the statues white, but they were always intended to be cheery totems of celebration. I wanted to bring that back in a bombastic, corny, rude way.
I tried a few terrible terrible things before I came to the marbles. From that point on, it was a simple plan: find a classic representation of pride, naïvely paint over it, and put the name of the novel on top.
The dust jacket and hardcover are proudly typeset in my own typefaces, and the book has received great reviews from the Norwegian press. I’m also very proud to be a part of that.
Some things I make are not really a project, not really a sketch, not really a concept, and not really a product. Sometimes it’s just good fun.
I learned a lot from tracing pieces of lettering over the years, and that’s what you’ll see in Play – traced film titles and pieces of lettering from a variety of sources. It’s an itch I like to scratch.
It hit me very late in the process of making this site that I actually have some work to show to the world. So, a warm farewell to the old single-pager. Please welcome my new website.
Not only is it finally a clear overview of what I’ve made over the years, but it is also typeset entirely in my own work, which is equal parts neat and nerve-wracking. The type family, a collection of styles based on a sort of type-historic ‘what if’, is not yet complete, but what you’re seeing are a few of the most useful styles. I’ll write more about them when I have the opportunity.
Another important note to make is that the face logo, the little mustachioed guy with circular glasses, was drawn by my friend Sam, and it’s my favourite thing in the whole world.
Please try to be quiet. The site is still waking up. I’ll be adding some things that really need adding, so until I call it, it’s our little secret, okay?