I design brands, campaigns, products and make art through a sense of curiosity and joy about human behaviour, language, objects and materials.

 
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It’s spring and the Shuttlecocks are out!
Digital Photograph, 60 x 60cm
Archival fine art print on Hahnemühle Photo Rag 310gsm

 
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Helium lamp

P R O D U C T

The Helium Lamp is a household lamp that can be used both as a decorative light in a living room and as a functional light in a study. The size of the lamp adjust itself as you dim the light intensity, due to the use of helium inside the latex balloon.

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animated identity

B R A N D I N G

A suite of brand identities that exists only in an animated state. The suite consist of seven types of software programs that support specific areas of very complex energy trading. The energy market is changing, every single second of the day. That is why each logo is dynamic and constantly change.

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Handmade feather shoe
Digital Photograph, 60 x 60cm
Archival fine art print on Hahnemühle Photo Rag 310gsm

 
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Real time real estate

B R A N D I N G

I was invited by Interbrand, Sydney, to brand LJ Hookers new digital real estate agency, Avnu. The idea behind the agency is to provide live access to the real estate market and provide users with access to lawyers and vendors without having to go through an agent. The idea behind the brand, the brand purpose, is to communicate at every level that real estate is ultimately about time. Finding the right time to sell and the right time to buy.

Other creatives involved in this project was:
Ben Miles and Henry Cook.

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Complementary Textures
Digital Photograph, 60 x 60cm
Archival fine art print on Hahnemühle Photo Rag 310gsm

 
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a cultural icon

B R A N D I N G

I was invited down to Melbourne in 2016 by M&C Saatchi to rebrand a large new cultural and real estate precinct, known by Melbournians as ‘The Nylex Site’. The Nylex site is a landmark in Melbourne as it sits on top of four silos, the oldest brewery in Australia. The new district, designed by Fender Katsalidis Architects, combines modern residences, generous public realm, boutique workspaces and retail, built into the old buildings on the site.

The identity plays with the shapes of the old four silos, with the sign on top, but uses the shapes as containers for other expressions, reflecting the new lease of life that the site has been given. The expressions can vary from mono and heritage colours to more youthful colours and shapes. The bold shapes and colours are carried into many different types of collateral and creates a vibrant new look for the brand.

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a bold new
football club

B R A N D I N G

The branding for this fresh new football club in south Sydney is all about being young, bold and new. The idea was to do the opposite of what football clubs normally are, stewards of tradition. Instead we thought about what the essence of football really is. The sounds, the feelings, the tactics, the energy, the joy and tried to express that visually.

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St Agnes Ice cream truck disaster
Digital Photograph, 60 x 60cm
Archival fine art print on Hahnemühle Photo Rag 310gsm.

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Police reconstruction of the 1965 Wayfield Bank robbery explosion
Digital Photograph, 60 x 60cm
Archival fine art print on Hahnemühle Photo Rag 310gsm.

 
 
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campaigns

Together with my long term partner in crime, Eivind S. Platou at Handverk, I have done many campaigns for advertising clients in Scandinavia and Australia. The joy Eivind and me have had in learning how to build and make things with our hands have meant that were the people advertising agencies came to when a realistic look and feel were needed in a campaigns. Here are three such campaigns, both done by hand.

 

Book design

I’m a great lover of physical objects, textures and smells. Books have all of those things and I have been lucky enough to design both book covers and whole books for nearly 15 years now, both here in Australia and in Scandinavia.

 
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To the right we see the outer sleeve of Luke Harding’s book about the polonium murder of russian dissident, Alexander Litvinenko. The book is designed as a redacted document, only exposing the author and name of the book. When the outer sleeve is removed (picture on the left) the redacted text is revealed.

Below are various book covers and books designed for publishers like Hardie Grant and Oxford University Press

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Spilt Milk
Digital Photograph, 60 x 60cm
Archival fine art print on Hahnemühle Photo Rag 310gsm

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Milk
Digital Photograph, 60 x 60cm
Archival fine art print on Hahnemühle Photo Rag 310gsm

 
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Film design

One of the greatest joys I’ve had as a designer so far has been to design both poster campaigns as well as title sequences for Scandinavian feature films. There is nothing better that seeing your poster in the street or your animations up on the big screen on the night of the premiere. Sure, if the film bombs you get all the blame but still, I love it. This is just a little snippet of artwork for what must be well over 40 films I have worked on over the years.

My creative partner, Eivind S. Platou, and I have always been involved very early in the film projects, usually at manuscript stage and before funding has been received. We help production companies receive funding by creating often quite elaborate visualisations of the film, which they then use in the application process to receive grants.

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surf magazine design

Being more obsessed with surfing than what is probably healthy, I was delighted to run into this crew of highly intelligent surfers (not that we aren’t normally intelligent). Kurungabaa is a journal about the sea, written by surfers who are academics, writers and otherwise quite cerebral folks. A few issues had already been made when I came across it. I thought the content was amazing but that the design of the magazine was lacking. I offered to redesign the whole thing, for free, on the condition that I would have full creative control. And they gave me that freedom. I was a kid in a candy store.

 
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Late last year I had a photography (some of which appear on this site) and painting exhibition solo show at Gaffa Gallery in Sydney. I want to thank everyone who dropped in on the opening night as well as during the two weeks the show was up. Exhibitions are a ton of work. But I hope I will find the energy to do it again as it sharpens my focus on what my take on visual language is and where I want to take my work.

In the photo is the absolutely beautiful Dobson family consisting of Richard, Sally, Lilly Rose and Pipp.

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Experiental design

A hotel in Oslo, Norway, with an environmentally friendly focus, approached Eivind and me with two fun briefs. Firstly, they needed those maps hotels have in their foyers, showing guest what the surrounding area around the hotel is like. But they wanted to do something new with that old idea. Together with the staff we spend the day collecting rubbish from those very streets surrounding the hotel and then created maps made out of what we found. The second brief was an open invitation to come up with whatever we wanted for an unused drawer under each bed in the hotel rooms. We made them into clothing donation drawers. People could leave behind things they didn’t need anymore and hotel cleaning staff would collect from the drawer every day and donate the things left in them to the Salvation Army.

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Me and Eivind, as Handverk, were invited to speak at the largest design conference in Scandinavia, We Love Graphic Design, in Copenhagen. I talked about our design and general approach to our life as designers. It was an honour to share the stage with people I admire in the industry, such as James Victore and Sarah Illenberger.

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A few months ago I was asked by photographer Martin Mischkulning to come in to Australian Centre For Photography to talk about my work and book design especially.

 
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This forest might just look better in black
Digital Photograph, 60 x 60cm
Archival fine art print on Hahnemühle Photo Rag 310gsm

 
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Failures

Sometimes (a lot of the times) concepts that I think are better ends up on the scrap heap on a filing system somewhere. These two ballet posters are an example of that. I wanted a single sheet of paper to describe the difference between classic and modern ballet. I crafted the papers and shot them in my studio but they never quite hit the spot for the client. Fair enough, but I still think there could have been something in them.

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Fruit Lovers
Digital Photograph, 60 x 60cm
Archival fine art print on Hahnemühle Photo Rag 310gsm