Logotypes,visual identities and the stuff that makes people recognize you.

I am no master of brand creation, but I occationally get asked to create various visual identities. Here's a few examples of previous work.

Visual identity for consultancy firm Enactive

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Logotype (and website + much more) for Dagens Industri

Back in 1998, I was asked to take a flight to Stockholm (from Gothenburg where I lived at the time). The assignment was to design the website for Sweden's leading industry newspaper Dagens Industri. While working with the project, I couldn't help mentioning that "the logotype might need a second look" (the one that was used looked more like a red christmas decoration), and I was giving a go ahead to make a new logotype.

When asking around about the typeface Dagens Industri is using, I was pointed to a drawer with a set of sheets with Letraset letters, so … ok … off to dry-rub a couple of characters on to a piece of paper, then scan the image and finally vector-trace the letters in Macromedia FreeHand. Quite a long way from today's digital design environment.

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Apart from the logotype & website with its many various sections, I also created most of the banners that Dagens Industri published. Below are a few examples of them (guess they make more sense if you understand Swedish).

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Speaking of banners, I actually "invented" the banner format that — at least in Scandinavia — was called "Stortavla".

Back story: One day I got a call from Dagens Industri's marketing chief, Sören Sunmo, telling me to "add some adverts on the blank space to the side of the site". He also said "I want it to look like a french billboard".

What Sören was talking about can be referred to the current state of the internet. Responsive web design was many years from a reality, and since we had designed the website to look good on a 14" screen, but many people used 16" screens with a resolution of around 1280 pixels in width, there was room to add content there.

So, I sat down and defined the 140x350 pixel dimensions for what would become the "Stortavla" (in traditional advertising, a "billboard" is translated to "stortavla" in swedish). The first specification of the banner format was released December 12, 1998. Soon thereafter, other newspapers in sweden also wanted "the same big banner that di.se had", and it didn't take long until all production and ad agencies had to know all about this new format.

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Visual identity for law firm Skatteanalys

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Logotype & colour palette

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Business card design

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Brand manual

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Logotype for travel agency "Bellitalia".

Selected work

A coke bottleProject type

AirtoursInteractive design

SynsamProject type

Illustration in FigmaIllustration

Logotypes & identityProject type

Sony Z1Illustration

AgfamaticIllustration

M10 tankIllustration

Figma fuzzIllustration

Mike CarrolIllustration

VattenfallIllustration

LöneratornCampaign

iZettleWebsite

Assa AbloyInteractive design

Scania NewsroomProject type

Contact

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Email: markus@blacktip.se

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