I came across the work of Geir Olafsson, a recent graduate who’s work is filled with the most wonderful shapes. While looking through his projects it seems to me like these shapes are the tie that binds his work together. The shapes really start to come to life though when he creates patterns with them, giving them movement and life.
One of my favorite projects he did recently was a poster for Festisvall, an annual art festival in Reykjavik, which you see above and below. The combination of smart type choices paired with the interesting shapes you see below creates an eye-catching poster design. There’s no description if the shapes have any particular meaning, but perhaps they simply represent the abstract idea of creativity itself?
I also loved this project which he simply called Color palette of Reykjavík.
The houses in Reykjavik are very colorful. Me and a couple of fellow students, Thorleifur and Sigga Run wanted to try and define that color palette so we could then use it for future projects. We walked two streets here in Reykjavik and photographed each house and found the dominant color of every image. I haven’t found a suitable use of it yet but these posters are some experiments with with the palette we made.
The variations he created are quite stunning, you can see a couple of them below. But be warned, the GIF at the very bottom might burn your eyes out.