Erik
Kirtley

en/sv

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Graphic Design
& Illustration

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Meshtivism

Publication

Meshtivism is a manifesto/manual/"manualifesto" from a near future where digital activists instead of using the commercialized and surveillanced network we know as the internet, organize and collaborate via so called mesh networks, built and maintained by the activists themselves.
Typefaces used include an early version of IP by a William Andersson and versions of Bespoke generated via the Metaflop Modulator.

Typopa
Typopa
Typopa
Typopa
Typopa
Typopa
Typopa
Typopa
Typopa

Typopa

Tablet App

My degree project Typopa is a conceptual presentation tool designed for children and teachers in Swedish elementary schools. The app lets users easily compose images and texts for presentations on video projector or printout. Instead of a traditional tool layout, Typopa has a work process split into three modes; "Text & Typefaces", "Photos & Illustrations", and "Shapes & Symbols". Included in the app is also large library of typefaces, images, and shapes, gathered from various public domain sources as well as original work from commissions to illustrators, photographers, and designers.
Visit Typopas website here (in Swedish). Thanks to Amanda Berglund, Sissela Jensen and Sofie Marklund for letting me use their illustrations in the demo.

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GDI Movie Night!

Identity & Posters

Posters and ticket invitations for a one-off film evening held at the department for graphic design and illustration at Konstfack University. I'm currently in the process of expanding the neon sign letters into a full display typeface.

The Left Hand of Darkness
The Left Hand of Darkness
The Left Hand of Darkness
The Left Hand of Darkness
The Left Hand of Darkness
The Left Hand of Darkness
The Left Hand of Darkness

The Left Hand
of Darkness

Animation & Title Design

Title sequence for a fictitious film adaptation of Ursula K. Le Guin's groundbreaking novel The Left Hand of Darkness (1969). The story takes place on Gethen, a planet with semi-arctic climate which is inhabited by people who live according to the philosophy of ’shifgrethor’, a sort of cultural and linguistic concept not easily understood by an outsider. Its literal translation is ”shadow” and the concept could be interpreted as a philosophy based on the relationship between lightness and darkness, hence the choice of a B/W color scheme.
The names of the director and main cast are displayed with letters inspired by architectural descriptions in the novel. Houses and castles in the cities of Gethen are described as high and narrow and having slits for windows to stave off the cold. Based on this I created a set of modules for constructing windowlike letters. I later came to reuse the visual concept on a paperback jacket for a fictitious new edition of the book.

Sweden Sans… Sweden Sans…

Sweden Sans…

Poster Series

A poster series and comment on Sweden’s role in the European migrant crisis by playing with the word "sans" in Sweden Sans (the typeface used in the posters). Sweden Sans is a part of Global brand Sweden, a brand identity program for Sweden created by design agency Söderhavet and commissioned by the Swedish government. The typeface and branding sparked a minor debate about the idea of a typeface encompassing 'swedishness' and the relationship between nation branding and nationalism.
The project isn't intented as a direct criticism of the typeface or branding, but rather as a repurposing of a typeface created for promoting Sweden abroad and instead using it to criticize the lack of solidarity for refugees in Swedish politics and society.
Sweden Sans is available for anyone to download via Identitytool Sweden.

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Hearts

Postage Stamps

Three sets of stamps created for a course held by PostNord, the national postal service. The brief was simply to design stamps on the theme of 'heart', which is a recurring theme on Swedish stamps. My first set of stamps illustrates a soap bubble doing the impossible transformation into the shape of a heart. The second set consists of hearts representing the four classic elements as well as the fifth element, also known as 'æther' or 'quintessence'. The third set of stamps is a form- and typography-based play on the word 'embrace'.

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Multiverse

Editorial Design

Multiverse is a magazine concept created for a course in editorial design. The magazine covers the "speculative and spectacular" in literature, film and games. Each issue revolves around a specific theme that most of the content relates to in one way or another. The magazine also aims to highlight work often missed or marginalized in mainstream sci-fi media, with a goal of bridging the gap between pop culture magazines and academic science fiction journals.
Cover illustrations by Tor Weibull (Issue 1: Ideology), William Andersson (Issue 2: Communication) and Amanda Berglund (Issue 3: Food).

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Swensk
Souvenir Shop

Identity

Swensk is a fictitious souvenir shop run by Konstfack University. The shop sells tourist souvenirs, created by students, which comment or critique on various ideas of Sweden and 'swedishness'.

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Legume

Book Design

A cookbook containing ten unnamed and nonillustrated recipes, each one based on one out of ten different legumes (beans, peas and lentils).