Hello

My name is Daniel and I’m a designer living in Stockholm. Here you’ll find a selection of projects I’ve worked on lately.

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Visual identity
Tidslagret
2016

Time sharing

Tidslagret (translates to "the time storage") is a platform for sharing time and knowledge. It’s an initiative from the artists Sebastian Dahlqvist, Karina Sarkissova and Karin Auran Frankenstein. The essential elements of the visual identity consists of a color palette, typeface, graphic pattern elements and illustrations.

GT Haptik (designed by Reto Moser and Tobias Rechsteiner) is the typeface used for Tidslagret’s visual identity. It is designed so that the uppercase letters can be recognized by touching them. I liked how that tactile aspect could add a human touch and some unique deviations, conveying encouragement of diverse abilities, knowledge and needs.

The logotype consists of the word image Tidslagret in GT Haptik Bold. For situations where something simple and small is needed, the logotype is accompanied by a symbol.

The graphic pattern elements is an interpretation of energy that is set in motion when somebody decides to contribute with time and energy. To give that energy a color I wanted to go with a shade of red that could communicate friendly power. The energy red was complemented by a blue which was given the role to represent the more solid and settled parts of the illustrations. The palette was then complemented further by two pink shades and a slightly cold black to contrast all the warm shades of red and pink.

Tidslagret category illustration for health.
Tidslagret category illustration for sport.

There is a handful of categories in which the users can search or offer their knowledge. These categories were illustrated and became a part of the visual identity. Some of the categories are sports, visual arts, cooking and health.

Tidslagret category illustration for visual arts.
Tidslagret website
Tidslagret pattern

Interactive installation
Sandvikens Konsthall
2011

Interactive installation with flowing letters

Flowing letters

Once we learned to read it can be difficult to perceive letters as anything else than representations for their corresponding sound. In order to explore this matter, I built an interactive installation.

With a power switch, the visitors could turn a flow on and off. When the flow was turned on the letters were put into motion. Once the flow was turned off the letters would decelerate into a new composition.

Information catalog
Konstfack University College
2013

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For future students

The department for Interior Architecture and Furniture Design at Konstfack University College was in need of a catalog to convey information to potential future students and guest teachers.

We designed a catalog that was easy to carry around on a furniture fair and rich enough to take home and save for further reading.

 

Project team:
Evelina Claesson
David Fredly
Daniel Persson

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Event posters
Konstfack University College
2013

Type creatures

In the depths of the sea where no daylight comes through, some creatures have developed the ability to emit light and other odd features.

We interpreted these creatures with a method to transform the letters in our design. We cut a piece from the first letter and moved it one step to the right and repeated the procedure until all of the letters had a unique deviation.

We screen printed the posters with fluorescent colors to mimic the light emitting quality.

 

Project team:
David Fredly
Sigge Kühlhorn
Daniel Persson

Deep Sea posters
Green Deep Sea poster, detail
Red Deep Sea poster, detail

Website
Illustrator Ulrika Netzler
2015

Sculpting illustrator

Ulrika was in need of a website that presents her work in an accessible way. A majority of the content was photos of her projects so I designed the website with a full width layout with additional information available one click away.

Ulrika typography
Ulrika UI elements
Ulrika website
Ulrika website
Ulrika stub sculpture

Visual identity
Alfaponny
2016

Alfaponny website

Public bikes

Alfaponny is an initiative from the artists Karina Sarkissova, Karin Auran Frankenstein, Sebastian Dahlqvist. It’s based on the idea of making bikes available to the public.

The project is inspired of the Provo movement that in the 60s painted bikes white and granted them to the citizens of Amsterdam to use.

With the technology available today we were able to extend the original idea with a website that helps keep track of the bikes. This offers an easy way for the users to find the closest available bike.

The white paint was a starting point for the color palette of Alfaponny. To make the palette a bit more organic, white was complemented with earthy shades of beige, black and eggshell white.

The typeface used in the visual identity is called GT Cinetype and is designed by Mauro Paolozzi and Rafael Koch. It’s based on a design that was made for cinema subtitling machines. These machines used a laser to create the letters. The laser was limited to straight lines so the typeface is designed without any curves. The limitation to straight lines gives the typeface a special character that share qualities with the bicycle frame.

 

Project team:
Johan Mattsson, Developer
Daniel Persson, Designer

Website & illustrations
Nyfors
2014–2015

Precision
in fiber optics

Nyfors is a Swedish family business that has been a leading developer of optical fiber fusion splicing and recoating systems for more than two decades. As a part of the new visual identity the website was updated with a new responsive design, imagery, product photos and illustrations.

 
 

Project team:
Miki Grujovic, Creative director
Daniel Persson, Designer/illustrator & developer
Original photographs: Nyfors

Nyfors logotype
Nyfors website
Illustrations for Nyfors
Nyfors website
Illustration for Nyfors
Process closeup
Illustrations for Nyfors
Nyfors website
Nyfors site on iPhone

Sequi
Music app
On-going project

Spatial music composing

Most of modern music production software is limited to two dimensions when it comes to sequencing sounds. The piano roll comes from the player piano that was developed from late 19th to early 20th century. Back then the piano roll was an actual roll of paper with holes in it. The construction of the player piano physically limited the piano roll to two axes (one used for progression and the other for a range of notes). Since music production entered a digital era, the piano roll lives on as a model for constructing music, even though it doesn’t have to be limited to two axes anymore. Perhaps the underlying reasons for its popularity to this day has to do with tradition and simplicity.

 

I wanted to explore what possibilities comes with putting this established concept aside and instead have a user interface based on a three-dimensional environment where physical object interacting with each other generates music.

Sequi brings a possible way in to composing for non-musicians as well as a new perspective for musicians and producers who are used to the concepts and visual language found in established music production software.

Sequi screenshots with some UI elements
Sequi
Sequi UI symbols

Resumé

Daniel Persson
Designer
Stockholm

I work both direct with clients and as a consulting part of teams. My experience includes working with artists, family businesses, design agencies and brands like Google and Spotify.

Some of the clients I worked with

Direct clients: Spotify, Ericsson, Region Halland, Region Gävleborg and Konstfack University College.

Obscura Digital: Google and Cisco.

Le Bureau: Swedish Red Cross, Alcro, Umeå University, Bringwell, TT News Agency, Jusek and Hyresgästföreningen (Swedish Union of Tenants).

Learnways: Umeå, Göteborg’s and Lund’s University, and Prevent.

Ritator: Bonniers Konsthall, Paletten Art Journal, Statens Konstråd (Public Art Agency Sweden), Sound of Stockholm, Brasserie Balzac and Carl Boutard (artist).

My background

During my high school years I started to get familiar with graphic design, which I explored later on in preparatory fine art studies. I got the opportunity to furthermore deepen my understanding and practice within the fields of visual communication at the BFA program Graphic Design and Illustration at Konstfack University College in Stockholm.

In my degree work I explored how music composing could be visualized with a three-dimensional user interface.

After my graduation I started freelancing with commissions direct to client mixed with consulting services and temporary positions for Spotify, Obscura Digital, Ritator, Learnways, and Le Bureau among others.

Experience

Freelance designer/illustrator & developer (current, since 2010)

Obscura Digital, designer (consultant 2014–2016)

Äventyret, designer & developer (consultant 2016)

Le Bureau, designer & final art (temporary position 2015–2016)

Spotify, designer (consultant 2015)

Learnways, designer & developer (consultant 2014–2015)

Ritator, designer & developer (internship & consultant 2013–2016)

Competence & languages

Primary: graphic design, typography/layout, website/UX/UI design, Adobe InDesign, Adobe Experience Design, Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator.

Secondary: illustration, photography, type design, Glyphs, Adobe After Effects, Adobe Premiere, Blender, HTML, CSS and JavaScript.

Languages: Swedish and English.

Personal references

Emma Eriksson, Co-founder & Art Director at Le Bureau

Eric Sernrot, Lead Designer at Spotify

Gustav Granström, Co-founder & Designer at Ritator

Contact information is available on request.

Education

BFA Graphic Design & Illustration (Konstfack 2011–2014)

Preparatory studies in fine art (Gävle Konstskola 2008–2011)

IT Graphic Design (IT-Gymnasiet Skövde 2005–2008)