Fleeting Form – Poster Art 1960–1980

The collection consists of more than 3000 posters acquisited through purchase, donation and other exchange of printed materials. In addition, Henie Onstad arranged eight surveys of poster art within the first decade, and much of what was displayed was purchased and collected. Acquisition ceased in the early 1980s, and for almost forty years the posters remained untouched in Henie Onstad’s archives.

The exhibition includes a selection of posters and catalogues from institutions such as Stedelijk Museum, Moderna Museet in Stockholm and Louisiana, the design of the first identity for Henie Onstad made by Sigfried Odermatt, original design proposals made for the institurions first poster in 1968, a room dedicated to the posters of the Swiss Norwegian graphic designer and artist Paul Brand, as well as a selection of Japanese and Polish posters from the collection. The exhibition includes work from from a wide range of internationally renowned artists and graphic designers such as Willem Sandberg, Wim Crouwel, Andy Warhol, Max Bill, David Hockney, Jean Tinguely, Jan van Toorn, Armin Hofmann, Richard Hollis, Pentagram, M&Ö, Shigeo Fukuda, Tadanori Yokoo, Jan Lenica, Dieter Roth, Buckminster Fuller and Sture Johannesson, as well as various Norwegian artists and designers.

The exhibition is curated by Lars Finnborud and Aslak Gurholt.
The tour will be guided by Aslak Gurholt, curator and designer at Yokolan

Studio Crawl

The Studio Crawl is like a pub crawl and open-house all rolled into one day inviting people to visit and experience some of Oslo’s best design agencies and creative studios.

Design Container
Start the evening off with the good people at Design Container. A DJ will spinn records and ensure the right party spirit and the possibility to shake a tail feather. Drinks and food will of course be served. And if sports is your thing, you can join the table top football tournament.

Scandinavian Design Group
Welcome to Scandinavian Design Group, immerse yourself in our world and our work. Satisfy your hunger and quench your thirst for both good design and refreshments with an assortment from some of our clients. Engage with interactive installations made by our designers in our very own SDG Academy or get your portrait drawn in our SDG Portrait Booth. Or just bop along to music from and by our own SDG DJs, while decked out in some SDG swag.  

Oslo Studio Walk #2

A curated studio walk on Friday June 1st, will show you around some of the most essential studios of the Oslo design scene. You can choose between two different tours. Tour #1 focuses attention on illustration and animation, while tour #2 highlights graphic and digital design.

In this specific tour, focusing on graphic and digital you will get to know:

Designit is a strategic design firm. They work with ambitious brands to create high-impact products, services, systems and spaces – that people love. Designit’s Oslo office has been around in Norway since 2007, and they’ve been growing rapidly in the last few years. Today, this office is one of the largest within Norway’s design industry, and the only one with a truly international edge.

Bleed is restless, intuitive, and contemplative. We defiantly question convention and the very definition of design. Although always thinking — more importantly, we are always doing. Representing a mix of cultures and disciplines, creating strong and sustainable business value through strategy and design. With our eyes firmly set on the horizon, we continue to blur design, art, and technology to create compelling products, services and experiences for our clients.

A different kind of company, with a different view of the world. Customers are nomads. Interaction and transaction patterns are shifting fast. Int makes it their business to ensure their clients are well equipped to succeed in the new digital reality. They deliver measurable business impact and beautifully crafted solutions.


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Oslo Studio Walk #1

A curated studio walk on Friday June 1st, will show you around some of the most essential studios of the Oslo design scene. You can choose between two different tours. Tour #1 focuses attention on illustration and animation, while tour #2 highlights graphic and digital design.

In this specific tour, focusing on illustration and animation you will get to know:

byHands represents some of Norway’s most talented contemporary artists. Based in Oslo, they work with both national and international clients. Their award-winning illustrators represent a unique range of skills and techniques. byHands was founded in 2010. Since then they have grown to become Norway’s leading agency for commercial and artistic illustration.

Stir is an animation studio based in Oslo with a global network of partners. They deliver commercials, brand films, event design, tv/film graphics and information films. They work with a broad spectre of animation techniques to create moving images that engage.

Brenneriveien is a collective of freelance designers, illustrators and photographers working from a small studio located in the heart of Oslo by the Akerselven river, neighbouring the nightclubs Blå and Ingensteds. Each member of the collective works for clients in various creative disciplines, independently and collaboratively. 


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Passion Projects

Grafill is showcasing national contemporary design and illustration. Meet five creatives and their passion projects; reMarkable, Torill Kove, William Stormdal, Eivind Stoud Platou, Ståle Gerhardsen.

reMarkable – Notepad for writing, reading and sketching
In 2013 the reMarkable team set out to create a device that would offer a pure, paper-like experience, but be connected and limitless. The first real digital paper tablet. Designed for reading, writing and sketching. And to be an elegant tool for thinking in the digital age, for those who love the inspiration and clarity they get when working on paper. (remarkable.com)

Torill Kove – Animated short film Threads
Torill Kove is an award-winning director, animator, and illustrator. She was born and raised in Norway and now lives in Canada. Her three previous short films have all been nominated for the Academy Award, and Kove won the award with The Danish Poet. She has also written and illustrated several children’s books. Torill Kove will outline the creative process of her animated short “Threads”, a film about love and attachment. She will discuss the joys and challenges of telling a simple yet complicated story with images and movement, but no words. (www.mikrofilm.no/Threads)

William Stormdal – Pseudonym Publishing
Graphic designer from Oslo, Norway, specialised in identity, editorial and type design. Been working with a wide array of clients, both national and international, small & large. Initiator of Oslo-based Pseudonym Publishing. For his book-project ‘Pseudo’ he created a writing software, visualising the thought process behind writing. A timer is attached on the cursor, forcing white-spaces into the text block for every inactive second – creating a void in the text, true to a pause for contemplating or reflection. (www.stormdal.com)

Eivind Stoud Platou – The art of not throwing away food
“Kunsten å ikke kaste mat” is an award-winning book about the art of not throwing away food. A third of all the food we produce are thrown. It is one of today’s biggest and most unnecessary environmental problems. It is uneconomical and unethical. With this book each and one of us can learn and contribute to less food waste. The book presents the most common food articles we eat, what happens when they turn old, and how to use our own senses to determine whether the food is eatable or not. (www.handverkforlag.no)

Ståle Gerhardsen – Paternity Leave
Ståle Gerhardsen is an artist born (and kind of raised) in Trondheim, Norway. He paints, draws, prints, writes, build, make, design and spray for a living. He was invited to make a book of his drawings by a Norwegian publishing agency. The same agency changed its mind a few months later. So Gerhardsen released his first book «Pappaperm» (Paternity Leave) on his own publishing agency “Takk Forlaget». Ståle will talk about the process from first sketch to making the second edition and going viral. (www.staalegerhardsen.com)

Luna Maurer (Moniker)

Moniker is an interactive design studio based in Amsterdam, founded in 2012 by Luna Maurer and Roel Wouters. The studio works across various media, exploring the social effects of technology and often interacting with the public.

With Moniker, which means nickname or pseudonym, they work on commissioned design projects while also investing in projects of an autonomous and experimental nature. The studio works across various media for a diverse range of clients ranging from those in the cultural field to commercial companies. With their projects, they explore the social effects of technology – how we use technology and how it influences our daily lives. Moniker specialises in interactive, print, video, physical installation and performance work.

Tomo Kihara

Playful interventionist and design researcher, Tomo Kihara develops situated playful interventions to challenge and reframe societal issues. His recent project Street Debaters aims to change the act of begging into a job to create public discourse through playful artifacts. His projects to reframe societal issues through design activism has been acclaimed internationally, with project “phonvert” – a project to raise awareness of the potential that retired smartphones have – being nominated as Design of the Year 2016 by the London Design Museum.

As a founder, he is now currently in charge of developing this project at the Waag Society in Amsterdam. Some people also refer to him as the Chief Street Debater since he is head of the Street Debaters around the globe. On sunny weekends you can meet him street debating about almost anything − from politics to the best anime − in Amsterdam Dam square. Originally from Tokyo, he is now a graduate student based at TU Delft, Design for Interaction program in the Netherland.

Jan Christian Vestre (Vestre)

Vestre have been involved in creating social meeting places for millions of people for almost 70 years. They are a leading manufacturer of furniture for towns, parks and outdoor public spaces.

Vestre is a family business, and in 2012 Jan Christian Vestre became managing director, only 26 years old. His strong belief in design as a tool for change has made Vestre into a successful firm with a solid economy.

Jan Christians philosophy is that if design shall be a significant factor it has to be implemented through the whole production line. Even the Vestre factory, located in a small place in the middle of a forest, is designed by Snøhetta. His goal is not to compete on price, but to be best on quality, innovation, design and sustainability.
Today their products are well used at Times Square in New York, King’s Cross Central in London, Oslo Opera House, The Olympic Museum in Lausanne, Cormeilles en Parisis in Paris, Kunsthaus in Graz and Hamburg airport, just to mention a few.

Roman Stikkelorum (Vruchtvlees)

Vruchtvlees: Digital, Strategy & Design was founded by Michael Danker, Roman Stikkelorum and Rindor Golverdingen in 2007, after realising that graphic design could play a important role in the digital world. Rooted in the tradition of Dutch Design, Vruchtvlees finds the balance between high-quality design and smart digital code.

Vruchtvlees: Digital, Strategy & Design realizes the potential of ambitious brands like the Vegetarian Butcher, O My Bag and Theater Rotterdam. Enthusiastic and driven by design we research the question beyond the question. This results into Dutch Digital Design: international renowned (digital) solutions that people love and that grows brands.

Roman Stikkelorum is co-founder and strategic director at Vruchtvlees. For more than 10 years Roman has realised the goals and ambitions of a wide range of international clients. With a background in graphic design, Roman addresses complex issues using the design thinking method, which means starting from an overarching vision to create positive online and offline experiences. Working from the inside out, he builds strong brands, brand strategies and online strategies that result in value, growth and impact.

Norwegian Illustration and Design Night Market

SALT is a nomadic art project currently situated on Oslo’s shoreline, overlooking the city’s famous Opera House.
On an area of 5000 square metres, SALT comprises several spectacular wooden constructions designed by Sami Rintala (Rintala Eggertsson Architects). SALT arrange SALT NIGHT MARKED every weekend from spring until September. During the European Design Festival, the SALT NIGHT MARKED focus on Norwegian design and Illustration. 

The market will be open throughout the festival and is also part of the event ‘Havnelangs’ on Sunday the 3rd of June. 

Visuelt 2018 Exhibition

The Visuelt competition is held annually and gives tribute to the professionals working with visual communication in Norway. The aim of the competition is to promote innovation, bring further professional competence and present the best work done by creative professionals in Norway. The main categories are: Graphic design, Illustration, Interactive Design and Moving Image. Visuelt has gradually grown to become the most important competition for designers and illustrators in Norway.

Welcome to the grand opening!

Cécile Dormeau

Cécile Dormeau is a French illustrator based in the suburb of Paris. She worked in Germany in different graphic design agencies and as a junior art director at the advertising agency Ogilvy one for two years before starting her career as an illustrator. Using simple bold lines and bright colors, she creates illustrations and GIFs that explore body image and everyday issues faced by women. Parallel to her personal projects, she works for clients such as Google, GQ, the Sunday Times, NEON.

Yara Said

The flag of the Refugee Nation was designed by the artist Yara Said, a Syrian refugee who found asylum in Amsterdam.
“Black and orange is a symbol of solidarity with all these brave souls that had to wear lifevests to cross the sea to look for safety in a new country. Since I had wear one, I have a personal engagement with these life-vests, and these two colours.”

Natasha Jen (Pentagram)

Natasha Jen is an award-winning designer, an educator, and a partner at Pentagram. Born in Taipei, Taiwan, she joined Pentagram’s New York office in 2012. A three-time National Design Award nominee, Natasha’s work is recognized for its innovative use of graphic, verbal, digital, and spatial interventions that challenge conventional notions of media and cultural contexts. Her work is immediately recognizable, encompassing brand identity systems, packaging, exhibition design, digital interfaces, signage and wayfinding systems, print and architecture. Natasha is a faculty member at the School of Visual Arts and is a guest critic at Harvard Graduate School of Design, Yale University School of Art, Cooper Union, Rhode Island School of Design, and Maryland Institute College of Art.

Awards ceremony 2018

Every year the European Design Awards celebrate outstanding work in the field of communication design. 
This time the awards ceremony (followed by the traditional winners’ party) will take place on Saturday the 2nd of June at Skur 13, an amazing Oslo harbour venue.


Transport from Oslo’s airports to the city centre

You can travel to and from Oslo Airport at Gardermoen by bus, train, taxi or car


Flytoget Airport Express Train
The Flytoget Airport Express Train departs from Oslo S (Oslo Central Station) every 10 or 20 minutes. Duration to the airport is 19–22 minutes.
Click here for info on The Airport Express Train’s prices and discounts 
Find the right station in the first column. 
Click here to find departure times for the Airport Express Train

NSB (Norwegian State Railways)
All NSB Regional trains operating Skien-Oslo-Lillehammer-Trondheim go via Oslo Airport Gardermoen as well as NSB local trains Kongsberg-Eidsvoll.
For more information and timetables visit NSB’s website
Click here to see the prices for NSB’s Gardermoen-Oslo train 
Click here to find the departure times for NSB’s Gardermoen-Oslo train


Flybussen departs every 20 minutes all days. Starting from the Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel via Oslo Bus Terminal, Helsfyr, Radisson Blu Alna Hotel and Furuset. Duration approx. 40–50 min.
Click here to find Flybussen’s departure times and prices
First, select direction (”To airport” or “From airport”) and click “Oslo OSL”. Then select your bus stop in Oslo and the date and time of day. Choose number and type of passengers and click “Search” to see departure times and prices. 

Flybussekspressen is available from 120 places in and around Oslo (routes from Bekkestua, Fredrikstad, Majorstuen and Ski).
Click here to find Flybussekspressen’s departure times
Use the map at the bottom of the page to find your stop, then search for departure times. 
Click here for info on prices and discounts on Flybussekspressen

OSL-ekspressen connects the airport with Oslo’s east side, with departures every our to/from 33 stops between Nordstrand and Lindeberg. Duration 30–65 minutes, depending on your stop. 
Click here for info on prices and discounts on OSL-ekspressen
The table shows prices for a single ticket (“Enkel”) or return ticket (“Tur/retur”) for adults (“voksen”) or student/senior/child (“student”/”honnør”/”barn”). Buying the ticket online (“Kjøp nett”) is cheaper than buying it on board (“Kjøp ombord”). 
Click here to find OSL-ekspressen’s departure times
Choose direction from the airport (“Fra Gardermoen”) or to the airport (“Til Gardermoen”), and select a date in the calendar to see the departure times. If you are taking the bus to the airport, you have to choose your bus stop under “Påstigning”.   

Oslo TaxiNorgestaxi and others have special Airport Taxi offers, with fixed prices to and from Gardermoen (view all taxi companies operating at OSL). The price depends on the time of day, number of passengers and where in Oslo you are travelling to/from. Check the taxi companies’ pages for price information. Please contact the company directly to order or if you have questions.
If you want to take a taxi FROM the airport, you can go to the taxi information desk in the Arrivals hall. They have information about the fixed rates and available taxis, and you have the option of choosing the cheapest available company. 

Transport to/from Torp Airport

Train Torp–Oslo
You can take the train from Torp Sandefjord Lufthavn to Oslo. The station is located between Stokke and Sandefjord. The journey takes about 1 hours 45 minutes. There is a shuttle bus service between the airport and the train station, which is included in the train ticket. the train usually departs once every hour.
Click here to see the prices for the Torp-Oslo train 
Click here to find the departure times for the Torp-Oslo train 
To find the departure times, enter where you are travelling to and from, and the weekday if you are not looking for today’s departure times.

Bus Torp–Oslo
The Torp Express bus service corresponds with most international flights to/from the airport. Buses arrive Oslo Bussterminal (appr. 2 hours travel).
Click here to see the prices and discounts for the Torp Express bus 
Click here to find the departure times for the Torp Express bus (choose direction and date to find the times) 


Flying to Oslo

Oslo can be reached via two international airports:

The main airport serving the city is Gardermoen Airport, located in Ullensaker, 47 kilometres from the city centre of Oslo. It acts as the main international gateway to Norway, with direct routes to more than 140 domestic and international destinations, and more than 80 charter destinations. 

Oslo is also served by a secondary airport, which serve some low-cost carriers, such as Ryanair and Wizz Air: Torp Airport, 110 kilometres (68 mi) from the city.


Scandic Hotels offer discounts for ED-Festival attendees

For the European Design Festival in Oslo we are collaborating with Scandic Hotels, which has several hotels in central Oslo. We offer all participants a discount on rooms during the weekend.

Discount prices pr room, pr night (breakfast included):
NOK 1.100,- (incl vat) – standard single room
NOK 1.200,- (incl vat) – standard double room

Booking is made through www.scandichotels.com and the discount code BEDF010618 gives you the festivals prices. 

Discount valid at the hotels listed below:

– Scandic Karl Johan
– Scandic Grensen
– Scandic Vulkan