Retro pixel graphic animations in Commodore 64-style were needed for a finnish TV advertisement for RAY, so Anima Boutique asked me to do them. The clips are pretty short since they were cut between live-action footage, but the Vimeo clip linked has a helpful slow motion replay of each. I drew the elements in actual C64 pixel dimensions (well, actually cropped a bit from top and bottom since screens are different shaped nowadays) and scaled them up at the end.
Note the small light points in the darkened room.
The locations in this clip are Säynätsalo Town Hall (designed by Alvar Aalto), a random suburb motorway interchange and the Senate Square of Helsinki with the cathedral on the background.
The tennis girl was redrawn even smaller so the pixel size is doubled from the other clips.
A logo I made for a friend’s florist business in Spokane, Washington, USA. The typography is handmade, starting from pencil sketches and ending up in clean vector forms. The shapes continue from letter to letter and interact. An animated version playing with the connections is in the video above. Below is an optically corrected version.
A pixel animation video, presented as a trailer for an upcoming art game. No audio, but instead there’s a fancy ‘mute’ symbol in the corner. Some retiming and minor graphical changes compared to v.0.1.
I made these works for Helsinki Traditional Jazz Dancers group for use in a poster (Jazz History Through Times being the name of the performance). They liked the style so much I even reused the first image as their logo. The texts were made directly with an ink bottle pipette, which turned out to be a good way to keep fluidity and randomness in the letters.
Illustrations from Stanley Kubrick’s movie The Shining, made for architect Juhani Pallasmaa’s book The Architecture of Image. The images are made with wax crayons, ink and scratching on board. The originals are about 12 x 9 cm, most were halved in size for the book. There are around 20 illustrations in total, about half of which are posted here.
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A title sequence & program identity for a Finnish National Broadcasting show about bloggers. The show was called Blogistania, which sounds like a country name, so we made a promotional video showing the landscapes and scenery of the country. We used elements from the series (for example crafts and baking). The logo was made from one continuous line, which also allowed its use physically in the background of the end titles (video below). Concept & execution of the program identity was done with Riikka Kurki, logotype & cinematography by me.
Artova is a neighborhood association in Helsinki, comprising of the Arabianranta, Toukola and Vanhakaupunki areas. Since the association works with a very wide variety of subjects, one fixed logo would have felt a little restrictive. So, I set out to design a flexible logotype. Inspired by the Korean hangul writing system, I designed “new letters” for each of the three syllables in the word Artova that can be redrawn by hand or from existing typefaces.
The case study video below explains the concept a bit further, with some examples.
Finnish economy-themed newspaper Kauppalehti organizes a yearly gala and this year they commissioned a cover lettering from me for their Optio-magazine. “Suuri Gaalanumero” is Finnish for “Grand Gala Issue“. The lettering is based on a hand-drawn sketch and uses numerous thin lines to add a slightly three-dimensional shape to the final letters. The inspiration for the lines was the intaglio printing technique seen in paper currency and old prints.
The lettering is printed in silver ink while the magazine name is in transparent varnish, so the look was quite distinctive in the shelves.
A collection of handmade lettering from my times in a game company. There was often a plenty of time to make fancy headlines for meeting notes, and some of those turned out pretty nice, so I kept them in my archives. Here’s a small collection of scans from the notes. Most are made with felt-tip & ball-point pens.
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