After studying the Graphic Design & Illustration program at Konstfack, the University College of Arts, Crafts and Design 1981–1985 I have worked full time with design, first in Albert Bonniers publishing company, followed by 20 years as a freelancer, then as a teacher in the + Change programmes focusing on sustainable development. Now I work as Head of Department with our working environment and the development of the department. Over the years I have designed over 200 book titles, ranging from paperbacks to coffee table books. Letters, words, pictures and paper interest me, both visually and semantically. Picture below, booklets from my research project Preparing for loss:
"We live in a global and digital world with many inhabitants on the move, far away from their homes, friends and loved ones. Family and friends have always gathered for mourning and support, graves have been taken care of in generations. But today it's hard to take care of a grave far away and for many, death has become remote. My interest as a graphic designer focuses on the role of typography and graphic design in mourning; typical manifestations being the traditional inscriptions in stone on cemeteries. I started exploring the possibility of typography and graphic design supporting preparation for loss and mourning in a contemporary and future context of lives that are carried out across several places. I also wanted to enquire whether typography and graphic design could promote the ability to talk about death and loss in everyday life. This ongoing project has its base in the region of Småland, Sweden; with a small study also conducted in Hong Kong. The aims of the project are twofold: 1. To explore how design can help humans prepare for loss; 2. To explore how designers and mourners can design the funerals of the future with dignity and respect. Preparing for loss is vital not only in personal bereavement of loved ones, but also as we face unprecedented challenges to humanity, climate change, migrations – and loss of life as we know it."
Conference paper (Refereed)
- Tham, M., Arvidsson, A., Blomqvist, M., Bonja, S., Hyltén-Cavallius, S., et al. (2016). Metadesigning Design Research : How can designers collaboratively grow a research platform?. Proceedings of DRS 2016, Design Research Society 50th Anniversary Conference. 1412-1430.
- Carleklev, S., Sterte, M. (2013). Pedagogy for teaching design – with an emphasis on sustainable design. Design learning for tomorrow : design education from kindergarten to PhD. 1451-1465.