Lessons from 2014 - Resolutions for 2015

12 January, 2015

Friends. I hope you have not forgotten me entirely! I have been occupying myself with design fully the last months - working with everything from good ol' graphic design all the way into the rather unfamiliar fields of filming and animation.

I realize that this blog will have to become a little more "designy" after all, becuase I do have so many thoughts on the process and so many words of wisdom that I have found from different designers - and I really want to share them with you.

I have been, in many ways, extremely lucky with my job, although graphic design is still just a fraction of what I actually do. I formally hold a position as an interaction designer. In addition I do a lot of analysis, copy writing, filming, motion graphics, branding and on top of that illustration and graphic design.

Being a jack-of-all-trades makes me realize that becoming good at them will take me a lot of time. Also there are a couple of skills I want to dive deep into and simply master. I have focused a lot on learning animation last year, but I really do feel like I need more practice with the core principles of graphic design and illustration.

In 2015 I do need to believe more in the value of the work that I do. Still there are many people that think creative professions are  "these fun little hobbies" that we eventually turn into a profession, so all we do is have fun at work. Working in a tech business (or any business for that matter) a lot of your job as a graphic designer is justifying why aesthetic decisions matter - why it's worth for a graphic designer to take the time to do a lot of research and focus on perfecting the details. And why the production takes time. Research, development of ideas and finding "it" - the design that will knock people off their socks. 

Another lesson from last year was that I want to be become a better communicator. I also want to be better at saying no to jobs. It's a little hard coming in to projects with a "design-course" background and when all you want to do is prove yourself. But my work-life balance has suffered from taking on more work than I can handle, and consequentially so has my productivity at work. I am not saying "no" as a way of going easy on myself - I am saying "No" because I simply have to regain my balance. 

Friends. Have you had any lessons from last year that you have turned into resolutions for this year?

(Photo from a trip to Budapest I did with Sigurd last fall + the light along Akerselva in Oslo. Isn't it gorgeous?)

Sunday in Hamar

09 October, 2014

This beautiful couple, my darling friend Katja and her Nils Olve are getting married this weekend. I imagine it will be a true Norwegian country-side wedding and I can't wait/ am slightly nervous to be their wedding photographer! I am so excited to get the job, and when visiting them last weekend I just realized how amazing fall can be for wedding shots.

Wish me luck!

That Friday feeling

26 September, 2014

A new work/play space is finally up in the new apartment and sitting by this desk makes me feel like an artist.

My work tasks lately have been so much fun. I get to create things, illustrate and learn a lot of new skills. It's really the dream situation and I really, really love it!

Happy Friday!

Summer went by

29 August, 2014

It has been the most challenging summer in my life. I have been trying to find my place at my new job and trying to move into a new apartment. I know people go through these things all the time, yet somehow for me it has been one of the toughest things to do. I have barely been able to think about anything else than work these last couple of weeks. 

A month ago, I started to get used to the "norm" of coming home after work and being so that mentally overloaded that there was hardly ever energy for anything other than eating and sleeping. That last one I could never get enough of, no matter how much I had. Writing something, anything at all, has been completely out of the question. Photography became this thing that I occasionally did because when realizing that there were things that were too beautiful to not take a picture of. 

Before this experience I used to tell myself: "Make time for yourself, make time for what you love to do and what you need.". Like these were three things I could simply check of my to-do list. For a while these things turned out to be impossible. There were too many practicalities to take care of, too many promises made and too many deadlines to meet.

Yet somehow I feel things are coming together. I know it, because each time I have these times in my life, I recognize this feeling. It is like I'm lifted out of a haze. And in the process I am getting a little closer to being realistic about my own capabilites, limits and priorities. 

And I am also finding a talent for making the best out of days that feel a little hopeless. 

1. Photo from Aker Brygge.
2. From a weekend in the Valley.
3. The window of my our apartment with Mama's dried flowers. I hope to find the time to share more soon. 

Thanks for not giving up on this blog! 

Scenes from Gol

30 July, 2014

Last weekend me and Sigurd escaped the city for a couple of days, back to the Valley. My Mom was away, but we stayed at Sigurd's parents. Our excuse to go back? Plenty of space in the kitchen to make delicious homemade crisp bread. (Our not-so-secret recipe will come up on the blog soon). We also made pesto and arrabiata from scratch.

I have not talked much about the place I call "the Valley", and some of you have been wondering where exactly in Norway it is. The valley, or "my" valley as I like to say, is called Hallingdal. It's a place not far from Oslo. It's also a place where there isn't much more new to explore other than the beautiful nature and all that comes with it. Which, of course, is a lot.

The highlight of this weekend was probably when we went up the steepest hike I've ever done, and Sigurd decides to jump into a stream for cooling down. It's just one of those funny moments I'll remember forever.

Italian evenings (with S)

19 July, 2014

S is such a good cook. It's a little bit embarrassing to say that I am the one that goes for the easy way out when deciding what to make for dinner. I am usally the one getting frozen burger patties, Sigurd is the one making a tomato sauce from scratch (and it's the real Italian stuff too!).  Lately not a single day has gone by without some wonderful aromas filling the apartment - usually tomatoes cooking with garlic, chilies and wine. Last night we had bruschetta, today it's pasta. 

And also: today we went for our very first rental viewing together. I am absolutely crazy about the apartment that we looked at, and I don't know what to do with myself if we don't get it. Unfortunately, that would be the rule rather than the exception in Oslo. There is so high competition for the best rentals, and I don't want to get my hopes up too much.

One thing is for sure. For the next apartment we are renting, we will make sure that it has lots of space in the kitchen and a little corner designated for Italian herbs. I can't wait until end of August! 
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