in 1930, schoolteacher and cartographer samúel eggertsson published his history of iceland. his work, arranged in eleven parts, summarised the story of the Icelandic people. It included population graphs along with excerpts from annals reflecting various historical aspects.
taking its cue from the visual language of cartography, the present work seeks to update eggertsson‘s work, putting the story of iceland in the form of a map. eggertsson himself referred to his book as a geographic sketch of the nation‘s history.
the map is meant to provide an over-view and a feel for the icelandic people‘s story from the time of settlement to contemporary iceland.
a nation’s whole history may seem an overwhelmingly large topic. why not map it the way countries have been mapped through the ages? maps have a certain licence not to be exact, and they do not always tell all. Indeed, projecting the globe‘s spherical form onto a two-dimensional sheet of paper is impossible without a certain amount of distortion. furthermore, maps tend to limit themselves to certain categories, conveying a finite amount of information chosen by the cartographer — while omitting all else.
when the reliability of historical sources varies, and when a people’s history spans over eleven hundred years, methods similar to those of cartography become necessary; limiting the information presented and cutting back in order to render the map legible – the map is allowed to become less than perfectly complete. the present map comprises eleven categories; enough, in the cartographer’s opinion, to convey a good overview of the Icelandic people’s history.
year: 2014 teachers: birna geirfinnsdóttir and lóa auðunsdóttir
mæna is a yearly magazine about graphic design in Iceland, published by the department of design and architecture—visual communication, iceland academy of the arts. each year has its own theme, and for the 2014 issue mæna dealt with technology. designers, academics and students wrote articles on subjects ranging from electronics of the past to dreams of the far future. graphic design is technology-dependent, and often makes technology more accessible. Our intention was to express this in a clear, creative and innovative manner.
the team consisted of 17 students, editor dóra Ísleifsdóttir and creative directors birna geirfinnsdóttir and lóa auðunsdóttir. we wanted the magazine itself to be a comment on the designer’s toolkit, using methods such as laser cutting and folding techniques while abstaining from glue and traditional binding methods.
mæna was published in 500 copiesand hand-bound by the team.
my role in the publication and design of mæna was to organize the articles, to oversee layouting of most articles, detail typography, to collect illustrations from illustrators and to make one myself.
Apotek Art Museum
a rebrand for hafnarborg, an art gallery in iceland. done in a branding course at school. the brief was that hafnarborg had started a collaboration with tate modern and would from now on focus only on contemporary art.
i gave the gallery a new name, apotek art museum, an easier name to pronounce because of it's international connections.
the inspiration for the brand feel is sought to technology-looks and a sort of hands-on-sketch feel.
for the museum i designed stationery, envelopes, name cards and invitations to openings. i also did two different posters to show how the look would work for different exhibitions.
the final project in the course was to design a physical object. i did a catalouge and a poster for an exhibition called skia.
year: 2013 teachers: ármann agnarsson and jónas valtýsson
tveir heimar (two worlds) cd cover for jazz musician sigurður flosason.
The World of Manuscripts
in 2013 the árni magnússon institute for icelandic studies held a conference called the world of manuscripts as a part of the 350 years birthday celebration of árni magnússon manuscript collector. i designed a logo for the birthday celebration based on árni magnússon's seal.
i designed a folder which conference guests were handed which contained a booklet with a schedule, a conference pass, an invitation to the birthday celebration and a parchment with the birthday logo.
year: 2013 client: the árni magnússon institute for icelandic studies
cd cover design for the album daybreak by jazz musicians sigurður flosason and kjeld lauritsen.
wallpaper that consists of six units. each unit represents a neighbourhood i've lived in since i was born. to make it a seamless pattern i adjusted the streets at the edges so they could always connect, no matter how they're turned. done in reykjavík school of visual arts.
various logo designs from years 2012–2015.
a school magazine designed for kvennaskólinn í reykjavík, spring 2013, in collaboration with davíð arnar baldursson
year: 2013 client: keðjan, nemendafélag kvennaskólans í reykjavík
poetry book made in a book design course.
teacher: birna geirfinnsdóttir year: 2012
poster for photography exhibition by daníel starrason and magnus andersen.