Two months back I went on a wonderful trip all the way up to Tromsø (Norway), where I was invited to speak at the Design vs Music event organized by the Tank design and Insomnia festival.
They are having talks since 2005 and the past speakers were one of my all-time favorites:: Non-Format, Stefan Sagmeister, Scott Hansen, Oh Yeah Studio, Big Active,…Uh what a crowd I got myself into!
This year I was on stage with Sawdust from the UK and you can imagine my excitement.

Tromso is really far up north so I had to change 3 flights just to get there and of course, they lost ma luggage up and back, but who cares I was there. After a few beers with my host Christopher Ide and Sawdust it was all good.
The lecture took place in one of the oldest theaters in Norway and the crowd filled all the seats in there.

I told my story how I became who I am and how I discover that fear is my real fuel that drives me to create my projects. Presented my studio rules and showed some of my recent work. I usually use only my own quotes so I left this one on my last slide 🙂

Sawdust was up next and I we saw their process behind that awesome work they do. As I imagine small studios are the future since we can bend all the rules and just throw in that extra mile in there.

After that, it was just beer and I had to show some of my secret ping-pong skills :))) with new friends at the Tank design studio. They told me Norwegians are a bit cold, but this is not how I saw them. Such a nice and friendly people where I felt like I was in the center of everything.
Did I mention it was also my birthday? Well because of that I just had to breathe everything in. And I did. We took a road trip the next day and the views are just breathtaking…

Everywhere you turn there is absolutely stunning nature and you are almost alone, event if it is some kind of a view spot. There are no people, just you and the frozen land.

I was lucky enough that on the same day we did see the Aurora borealis. And yes it is as crazy, unbelievable. the breathtaking thing you can imagine. I felt it was shining just for me (well we all felt like that). Staying under it for six hours makes you think and go through life. What is important, what you have done and what you can do about it.

Everywhere you turn there is absolutely stunning nature and you are almost alone, event if it is some kind of a view spot. There are no people, just you and the frozen land.

I was lucky enough that on the same day we did see the Aurora borealis. And yes it is as crazy, unbelievable. the breathtaking thing you can imagine. I felt it was shining just for me (well we all felt like that). Staying under it for six hours makes you think and go through life. What is important, what you have done and what you can do about it.