Design diary

Inspiration comes in many forms and shapes. A few days ago I had a dream, that I am a jaguar, crawling in a lush jungle, between exotic flowers and giant leaves. I really felt it, and the next day I started to sketch.  I wanted to combine the heart shape with the jungle flora. And I mean not the heart shape we all know from cards and text messages, I imagined the roots and branches to form a anatomically correct human heart. So first I was looking up some references for both the heart and for the plants of the...

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Hey, here is our latest design: Squirrel forest! And here is how I made it :)   As always, I started the design process by creating a mood board. This means I was collecting images and colors to get the look and feel of the pattern I want to create. Squirrels are cute little creatures for sure, but apart from that I wanted this design to have an autumn feel to it, so I was looking for reds, oranges, yellows and browns in the photos.  Than I drew the initial sketches on paper as always. This is the easiest way to...

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In 2009 illustrator Jake Parker started the Inktober initiative: he challenged himself to draw 31 drawings in 31 days. On paper with ink. Now this might not seem a big deal, but believe me, drawing constantly, coming up with new ideas every day for a month can be a real challenge.  With Erika we first  took part in Inktober in 2014. We loved the pressure of drawing every day. For us -and any other modern 21st century graphic designer - it is also thrilling, because you HAVE TO draw with ink. This means you can not use the computer, you...

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I love Halloween! It is spooky and funny in he same way. It is for us grown ups, but the best part is for the children: the candy, dressing up, trick or treating... This is why I decided to create this not so spook Halloween design this year. As usual, I started with collecting inspiration. Than I drew some sketches with a single pencil on paper. Remember kids: sketching is important! - OMG I start to sound like my teacher husband! After drawing, I create the final design. I usually make a hero image and a patter design. We sell both of...

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A little story about our honeymoon  We got married in May 2017. It was the best thing in our lives really, and we wanted to have a memorable honeymoon trip too.  All of our friends said we should leave our small landlocked country and enjoy tropical beaches, but we knew where we will go: Norway! Mountains, forests, fjords and viking heritage!  It was amazing! If you never visited the country, you should! We went to Bergen, than Stavanger and finally Oslo. The people, the nature and the cultural heritage were all very inspiring for us. We came home full with...

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