20
Mar 15

SNDS Magazine 1, 2015 is out

The first SNDS Magazine of the year is on its way to the printer. Take a look in this web version at all the great content we have put together for you. The cover story is a very personal story by John Bark and a project by him and his colleague Charli Kasselbäck, in the cold north part of Sweden. There’s also a presentation of the first speakers at the SNDS15 conference – and we ‘ve redesigned the magazine – a needed facelift after nine years in the same look, more or less. Hope you like it!


05
Mar 15

Kvindestemmer 2015: Lørdag 11. april

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For sjette år i træk har jeg haft fornøjelsen af at designe invitationen til “Kvindestemmer” – den traditionsrige festlige lørdag eftermiddag, hvor forfattere og musikere vil fortælle om deres arbejder og læse op deres bøger samt spille noget af deres egen musik. Alle kvinder, forstås.

I år er formatet ændret fra de foregående fem års A5 til et kvadratformat, der viser samtlige optrædende på forsiden, samt arrangementets titel sat i min helt egen skrifttype, TolleOne.

Lisbeth er igen konferencier, og på programmet er en stjernerække af kunstnere: Pia Tafdrup, Signe Svendsen, Lise Seier Petersen, Jette Drewsen, Pia Boda & Marie Wärme Duo samt Eva Tind. Arrangører er Folkevirke, Dansk Blindesamfunds Kvinder, Kvinder i  usik og Kvindelige Kunstneres Samfund. Stedet er Jazzhouse, Niels Hemmingsensgade i København, tidspunktet 11. april kl. 11.30 til 16.00.

Se hele programmet herunder eller på www.folkevirke.dk

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23
Dec 14

Godt nytår og på gensyn i 2015

I årets sidste måned ser vi frem mod et nyt år, der tegner til at blive lige så begivenhedsrigt som 2014. Bogstaverne herover stammer fra et lille udpluk af opgaver, udstillinger og arrangementer, vi har sat vores præg på i året der gik. Tak til alle involverede for godt samarbejde og samvær i 2014.

Hermed, bogstav for bogstav:

G’et er fra Galleri Pagters logo – her udstillede jeg separat i januar måned. Det blev en fin udstilling med billeder udvalgt af galleriets indehaver Orla Pagter, der fortsat har et mindre udvalg i kommission. Læs mere om udstillingen på pryds.com/pagter2014 og besøg galleriet i Kolding eller på www.galleripagter.dk
Det blev også til separatudstillinger i bl.a. Jäger & Jansson Galleri i Lund, Sverige, samt deltagelse i flere gruppeudstillinger i årets løb, ikke mindst med Kunst2100, hvor jeg desuden er blevet valgt som formand.

O’et er fra logoet til NGO’en Bonsai, som jeg havde fornøjelsen af at udvikle, sammen med en hel serie afledte logoer. BONSAI står i denne sammenhæng for “Big Open Network for Sustainability Assessment Information” og er en organisation, der arbejder for opbygning af en “Open Source Database for product footprinting”. Det var oplagt at tage udgangspunkt i direktør Bo Weidemas idé om det japanske bonsai-træ, der blev til et O i en kraftigt stiliseret udgave. Læs mere om Bonsai på www.bonsai.uno
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D’et er fra invitationen til Lisbeth og min fælles udstilling med  titlen “Modspil” i Kunstbrænderiet i Vejle – det smukke gamle udstillingsstedmed sand på gulvet og en flot rå atmosfære. Sidst vi udstillede der var for 21 år siden – så det var et herligt gensyn.

T’et er fra forsiden af Lisbeths nye bog “Tekstile Smykker”, som udkom i forbindelse med Strikkefestivalen på Fanø. Bogen har fået en forrygende modtagelse – har solgt rigtig godt til bibliotekerne og til private gennem boghandlerne, via TEX-antik eller direkte fra forlaget. Smugkig, hvis ikke du har gjort det allerede, i bogen på storslaaetstrik.dk/tekstile-smykker

Det sorte N på gul bund stammer fra invitation og plakat for udstillingen “New York Now!”, hvor jeg deltog med to mindre collager. Arrangeret af London-baserede galleri Factory-Art Gallery, vist i et råt område i Harlem, New York. Se billeder fra udstillingen her: factory-art.com/new-york-now/images/images.php

Y’et er et Georgia-y fra logoet for “Quarterly Analytics”, et magasin specialiseret i it-outsourcing. Ikke noget, jeg vil påstå, jeg ved meget om – men efterhånden mere og mere, efter at have produceret de seneste to numre. QA driver både rådgivnings- og kursusvirksomhed med det kvartårlige trykte magasin som et håndgribeligt omdrejningspunkt.

Det karakteristiske T i skriften Bullion er fra logoet for TEX-antik, Lisbeths tekstile håndarbejdsantikvariat. Også en udpræget niche-virksomhed, der er vokset og vokset det seneste år, hvor vi også har designet ny hjemmeside, været på messer i både Silkeborg, Viborg, og Glimåkra i det sydlige Sverige. Første gang TEX-antik kan opleves i 2015 er på AOH-messen i Rødovre – indtil da er vi naturligvis ‘live’ døgnet rundt på tex-antik.dk

Pryds_Blonduos#13-800Å’et er jo slet ikke et Å, jeg ved det godt, men derimod et Á fra en af de flere end 50 collager, jeg fik ned på papir under Lisbeths og mit internship-ophold på Textílsetur Íslands i den skønne lille by Blönduós på Islands nordkyst. Opholdet gav os begge både arbejdsro og nye varige venskaber – og et glimt af den storslåede natur, der er også smitter af på vores arbejde. Lisbeths tekstiler har været udstillet efterfølgende både i Vejle, Kolding og Rundetårn, mens mine collager er solgt og ophængt i bl.a. Australien og Hvidovre.

R’et: For femte år i træk var det en collage med malede, tegnede og trykte bogstaver fra det Pryds’ske univers, der var på invitationen til Kvindestemmer – en årlig musik-, kunst- og forfattermatiné arrangeret af Folkevirke m.fl. Se alle fem varianter, fra 2010 til 2014, på pryds.com/design. I 2015 finder Kvindestemmer sted i Jazzhouse lørdag den 11. april.

Endelig – udråbstegnet er fra HK Kommunalbladet, som jeg i efteråret har hjulpet med at ombryde og producere et par numre af. Et nyt samarbejde med gode tidligere kolleger, der nu således er blevet nuværende kolleger igen – herligt at opleve.

Godt nytår og på gensyn i 2015.


10
Dec 14

Embrace the visual format

Editorial from SNDS Magazine no. 4, 2014

We believe there is nothing social about online social networks, so get out from behind your screen and get to a live event, with real people, real communication, real beer, and real creative fun.”
– www.pechakucha.org

Visuals can be many things. In the previous issue of SNDS Magazine, we looked at illustration. In this issue we show you a glimpse of a live event – the SNDS Fu2i0n14 conference held in Copenhagen in October – and tell it almost only in pictures. Our photos may not say more than a thousand words, but hopefully they will convey the atmosphere and quality of the conference and encourage you to register next year.

SNDSmag_4_2014_coverA visual innovation at Fu2i0n14 was the introduction of the PechaKucha – a simple presentation format where you show 20 images, each for 20 seconds. Images advance automatically and you talk along to the images.*

Nine speakers tried their best at this very strict presentation format – Stig Ørskov, CEO of JP/Politikens Hus, Denmark, held his presentation precisely within the required timeframe of 6 minutes, 40 seconds (20 slides × 20 seconds), and Liv-Jorunn Håker from the Norwegian newspaper Sunn­mørsposten also managed to deliver a well-structured PechaKucha entitled “Get over it!” about struggling with web code. Accepting the rules of the format clearly showed what magic a great Pecha­Kucha can produce.

Now, this may be a rather formalistic observation, but in principle, no design format should be neglected – be it in a presentation, in a printed magazine or in apps as well as other digital products. Users and readers of our publications are very aware – consciously or unconsciously – that any given format has its rules and conventions. Try uploading a 20 MB jpg to your news website and watch the bounce rate of your visitors grow sky-high, or set body copy in your newspaper at an illegible five point size – it just doesn’t work.

Of course you can pretend that there are no rules – but then the rule is (!) that you have to be extremely good at inventing new stuff. And that’s a lot harder than communicating within the grid at hand.

In the magazine
Will PechaKucha be part of the new initiative SNDS Meet-up, launched in this issue (page 16)? It’s actually up to you: SNDS Meet-ups are local self-organized events, where news designers in the Scandinavian countries can socialize, exchange ideas, learn and engage in their local design-community.

Kim Bjørn came up with this great idea, and we hope you will support the project and start organizing. More info to follow on snds.org.

One of the winners in this year’s Best of Scandinavia News Design competition was the Finnish illustrator and graphic designer Anniina Louhivuori. The only winner in the new Portfolio category in the print part of the contest, we were so impressed that we wanted to see more. We’re proud to show all six entries from her award winning port­folio plus another seven examples of her great visualizing skills published in Sunnuntaisuomalainen.

In next year’s competition, there will be a few changes to the categories – which ones will be announced online and in a booklet in the beginning of January. The deadline for submitting your work is set to January 30, 2015.

Come together, right now
Our mother organization SND is running a membership drive campaign right now – asking members what their membership has meant to their life and career. We quote a few of the answers on page 14 – and the reasons for joining or renewing with SND are just as valid as reasons for joining or renewing your SNDS membership. If you want to have the best of both worlds (and who doesn’t?) you even get a discount if you sign up for a double membership at snds.org/member – see you in the club!

New board member
Speaking of members – we have a new member on the SNDS board, elected at the general assembly in Copenhagen in October. Elisabeth Svendby is Head of the design and user experience team at Amedia Utvikling, Norway, and former chief designer of Dagbladet.no. She has been a member of the digital jury of SNDS Best of Scandinavian News Design competition for several years. She is trained in graphic and web design and programming, from Østfold University College and Universität Bremen, Germany. Elisabeth Svendby replaces Lill Mostad. Welcome on board!

Finally, have a great Christmas
and a Happy New Year.

Lisbeth Tolstrup
& Lars Pryds
Editors, SNDS Magazine

* PechaKucha was devised by architects Astrid Klein and Mark Dytham in Tokyo in February 2003 as an event for young designers to meet, network and show their work in public. Sources: www.pechakucha.org, klein-dytham.com/pechakucha

 


26
Sep 14

The aesthetic value of boredom – SNDS Magazine 3, 2014

I like living, breathing better than working … my art is that of living. Each second, each breath is a work which is inscribed nowhere, which is neither visual nor cerebral, it’s a sort of constant euphoria.
– Marcel Duchamp (1887–1968)

When the French artist Marcel Duchamp exhibited a mass-produced urinal in 1917, he shocked the art world and changed the way we look at art forever. “Readymades” – ordinary manufactured objects selected and modified by the artist – were here to stay: Simply by selecting, repositioning or joining, titling and signing it, the object became art.

Sometimes it seems like news media are following the same procedure:

The morning radio news stations read aloud from the front pages of the newspapers of the day, making the stories their own. Printed media copy-and-paste from websites and social media, reusing content made by others, with minimal changes, if any at all.

Repositioning, titling and (perhaps) signing it – a “readymade” news story is created. Fortunately, there’s a lot of original, self-produced material in most media as well, but when you hear the exact words on the radio that you have just read in the morning paper, it can be considered a waste of time.

But, of course – one always has the choice of turning off the news channels or putting the newspaper aside and succomb to the state of silence – or, as Duchamp put it – the art of living. This may even include periods of doing absolutely nothing, but this is not necessarily a bad thing – if you are able to appreciate the “aesthetic value of boredom”, which Duchamp also recognized, it may give you new inspiration and strength to get back to work.

This issue’s theme: Illustration
Modifying prefabricated material or readymade imagery is a technique used to great effect by both artists and illustrators, as this issue’s main theme shows. We have gathered a selection of works by illustrators from the Nordic countries and asked them a few questions about their work and the importance of illustration today.

It’s really encouraging to see how collage, drawing, and the carefully created visual storytelling is alive and kicking – in spite of cuts in budgets and in staff within probably all news organisations. The illustrators also have firm opinions about the role visuals can play in the broader picture – as Thomas Thorhauge says on page 23: “We need tools to express content fast and precise, transcending barriers of language, level of education and culture”.

SNDSmag_3_2014_cover72And visuals – or illustration – is the answer to that challenge. We gave a little extra space to Javier Muñoz, a freelance illustrator based in Bilbao, Spain, to show some of his great work for clients like The Guardian, Le Monde, and CNN. Though not afraid to use known imagery – such as the seminal Mona Lisa painting on which our wonderful cover illustration is based – he is not seaking the easy solution for his stories. When asked which of his illustrations he considers to be the best, he is not sure any qualifies – “the best one is yet to come”, as he says.

The third part of the illustration theme is an article by Ole Munk, who takes us behind the scenes of two different, yet similar situations in the process of creating the perfect combination of text and illustration.

Finally, we look at a new book about Swedish illustration – a heavy (literally and figuratively) publication which is a joy to read and experience if you want to know more about Sweden’s visual history in the 20th century.

The Fusion is near
The first part of this magazine, however, is filled with updates to the speaker list for the upcoming Fu2i0n14 conference, which will rock the city of Copenhagen on October 9th and 10th. Great speakers are coming, masterclasses will be held, and the winners of Gold and Silver Awards will be announced at the big Gala Dinner & Award Show. There’s even a big surprise for the winners of the Best Designed Awards this year – but you’ll have to show up in Copenhagen to see it yourself when it is shown to the world for the first time.

So see you in Copenhagen! You are guaranteed not to experience the aeshetic of boredom there, but your state of mind may rise to a sort of euphoria – if not a constant one as in Duchamp’s breathing, then at least a momentary one to bring home as inspiration.

Lisbeth Tolstrup & Lars Pryds  
Editors, SNDS Magazine

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16
Sep 14

Fruens nye bog

“Fruen i det nye Silkeskørt
Læner sig og knitrer mod min Mave”

– skrev Frank Jæger i det udødelige digt “April April” i 1969. På fredag læner fruen sig ind over disken med sin nye strikkebog “Tekstile Smykker” – der udkommer på Fanø i forbindelse med årets Strikkefestival. Om det ligefrem kommer til at knitre, skal blive interessant at se, men forhåbentlig vil der efterfølgende være noget at plukke og “plante i sine Minders Have”.

Jeg har haft den store fornøjelse at designe bogen og har desuden fotograferet de mange skønne smykker – både på Lisbeths gamle, smukt slidte ungpige-gine fra Vigerslev Skole og på vores meget yngre datter Nina Maja. Bogen udkommer på vores eget Forlaget på Tredje.

Se mere om og smugkig i bogen på
www.storslaaetstrik.dk/tekstile-smykker

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