June 2nd, 2012
Labels: Conference, Speaking
Last weekend I was invited to speak in Cancun, Mexico at a design conference called “The End” along with guys like Hydro74, 123Klan and Adhemas Batista. The event lasted for two days where I got the chance to meet some amazing designers and illustrators. The whole week was amazing, everything from arrangement to the sunny weather! The world is as usual very small. My speech was sponsored by Illogical Questions who bought a framework from me 6-7 years ago.
Photo cred: Stage photos by Mauricio Hialdeg Mastache Orivio and Raúl Terán.
The amazing Adhemas Batista was talking about “Selling Colors”.
Except talking about our recipe with stuff like “find and follow the butterflies in your stomach” and “being one big brain” my speech was based on seven North Kingdom projects from the last five years, where I from an Art Directors point of view presented some behind the scene stuff.
I also talked a little bit about my background as Art Director and what I did for 10-15 years ago; when I didn’t had any interactive education, it was ideal to start working in a branch that both was immature and new. It was all about learning by exploring, and it still is. Above is a slide from my keynote, showing two sites that meant a lot for North Kingdoms beginning; Designchapel, which is my personal site from 2002 with over 1m visitors the first year, and Vodafone Future, from 2003, that become the world´s most awarded site 2004.
The projects I talked about was these:
Get The Glass — Read more
Adidas Teamgeist — Read more
GIL Time Square installation — Read more
Woodbot — Read more
Netguys — Read more
ROME — Read more
The only project I hadn’t been involved in was just our ONLY “The Liberation” project where Jakob Nylund was the Art Director. I wanted to talk about this project cause I loved how he had worked with the film structure, the design and the logotypes. Really great stuff!
ONLY “The Liberation” — Read more
— Some tourist photos
Ulrika and my amazing view from Hotel Riu Cancun balcony.
Day two, a couple of hours before my speech. On stage; Golpeavisa, the digital design who created this amazing event. The event was placed in a local club with around 300 in the audience.
Adhemas Batista and Joshua M. Smith (Hydro74) from Maya ruin visit, the day after the event. It was amazing to be there 2012. Will this be “The End” for real? The guide didn’t mention it so I guess not…
— iPhone photos (color correction by the Camera+ app)
Thank you so much Golpeavisa! We had a great time in Mexico! :)
July 1st, 2011
Last month Marcus Ivarsson and I got the honor to be invited to London by the D&AD President Sanky. He asked us to speak at one of their D&AD President’s Lecture, which is an event they hold six times a year. Earlier speakers have been Neville Brody, Shane Walter and Kyle Cooper for example and it’s just one speaker at each event. The arrangement was very professional done, so we had a great time both on stage, with the great audience (over 700 people!!), and at the dinner and the clubs afterwards. Thank you so much Sanky btw, for the nice opening words you gave me! I will remember them :)
On stage we talked about North Kingdom and how we are are making our projects. We talked about “finding and follow your butterflies” and how to “be one big brain”. This is how we were presented on D&AD’s website;
“D&AD Black Pencil-winning North Kingdom is a world leading digital creative agency. Their spiritual home is Skellefteå, a small town next to the polar circle in Sweden. Depending on the season, the team enjoys 23 hours of sunshine or darkness a day.”
It was also great to see the following week how people from the audience wrote review articles about our presentation;
Review — Higher Ground Creative (Picture)
Review — Young Creative Council
Review — Tom Cornfoot
January 3rd, 2011
Labels: Conference, North Kingdom, Speaking
The 12th of May 2011, Marcus Ivarsson and I will speak at D&AD President’s Lectures in London, invited by Jane Morley.
About D&AD President’s Lectures — D&AD Events exist to inspire, stimulate discussion & fuel debate. Speakers at D&AD President’s Lectures represent the best in their creative fields whilst Sharp’ners offer the opportunity to share opinion & exchange ideas in a more informal setting. D&AD Workout is a series of challenging workshops taught in unusual ways by unexpected people.
Suggested title — Digital Monarchy
“D&AD Black Pencil-winning North Kingdom is a world leading digital creative agency. Their spiritual home is Skellefteå, a small town next to the polar circle in Sweden. Depending on the season, the team enjoy 23 hours of sunshine or darkness a day.
Renowned for their stunning digital production combining 3D, live action and brilliant art direction, the team create beautiful interactive communication as on projects such as ‘Get the Glass’, ‘Teamgeist’ for Adidas’ and Vodafone’s ‘FutureVision’.
For North Kingdom’s debut lecture in the UK, co-founder Robert Lindström and senior producer Marcus Ivarsson will delve deep inside their favourite projects to and explain in detail how they were created.”
Thanks for these fine words Jane! It is our debut lecture for D&AD but we have been in UK before. Actually, I did my absolute first lecture ever in London back in 2000, for Flash Forward.
However, if you are in London this spring, come and join us for a fun night.