The vegetarian butcher's cutting scheme

You know all of those cutting schemes and butcher's guide posters that have been popular for quite a while now? Usually with an illustration of a cow, marked up with cutting lines and names for all the different parts? I got so tired of them... It's 2018, folks! Let me introduce the Vegetarian Butcher's Cutting Scheme, featuring the fabulous beetroot!

Photography and design by me. Available in an English version here and a Swedish version here

Go veggies! :)
(I'm actually not vegan or even vegetarian myself, but I eat mostly veggies and fish and stay away from red meat. Both because I've never really been that fond of meat and because it's an easy thing to change to help the environment and be a bit more healthy at the same time)

Seventy-five year plan

So... LONG time no see! I've been such a bad Instagrammer and blogger, due to loads and loads of client work. Great for my little business, not so good for my own creative little projects.

But, August provided some breathing room and I finally got around to updating my webshop! Let me present Seventy-five year plan!

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Dear Suzy is history (long story short, a big company opened up and decided to call themselves Dear Sam... which felt a bit... well, too similar to say the least. And I didn't have the time or energy to get into some kind of brand infringement dispute, so I took a deep breath and decided to rebrand). But all that said, I'm now completely in love with my new brand and name! 

No easy peasy short and uncomplicated names here! ;)
My guess is that most people (who aren't Wes Anderson-nerds like myself) won't have a clue what Seventy-five year plan stands for, and that's just the way I like it. 

Also, I really like the obsessiveness associated with the name. Who in their right mind makes a seventy-five year plan? Well not me, that's for sure (I can't even make a one month plan and stick to it, let alone a plan for "where I want to be professionally in five years time" or something like that). But I do love lists. Daily to-do-lists, weekly to-do-lists, dinner planner lists, shopping lists... mmmm lists! Lovely.

Right now I have a small collection of posters and a couple of iPhone cases for sale. Another new thing is that I scrapped Society6 and started working with Printful instead, which means great quality and also: fulfilment in both the US and Europe. That means no more customs fees or added postage fees as a nice surprise (I don't know how many times I've happily ordered something from the US, only to end up paying twice the amount in added fees when picking up the package!). How great is that?!

So go get a new phone case  and inject some botanical goodness into your increasingly darker autumn days – you deserve it! 

Illustration and design for Hyresgästföreningen

It's always fun to be given relatively free hands on a project and for someone like me who loves to do it all (graphic design, art direction, illustration!), it was lovely to work with Hyresgästföreningen and Arenagruppen to make educational material for high school students in Sweden.

I wanted to make something that I would have been excited to pick up as an 8th-grader myself, as I remember that I always cringed at the sight of most of our books and educational materials in school because they were so badly designed (I guess/hope that it's a lot better nowadays, but still). The material is about housing today and historically, so I thought it would be nice to draw an inviting pastelly house pattern for the cover.

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The pattern was then used again in a different color setting on the introductory pages, and complemented with colorful vector graphics throughout the material.

I was thrilled to hear that shortly after it was made available online for teachers across the country to order, it made it straight to the top of the list of the most ordered educational materials. It makes me so happy to know that students all over the country are learning from something I designed, hopefully not cringeing over the bad design ;)

Wes Anderson <3

Being an Art Director this is not exactly dropping a bombshell – but I love Wes Anderson. Love, love, love. I clearly remember the first time I watched an Anderson movie (The Life Aquatic) and my jaw just dropped. Earlier I had been very fascinated with Baz Luhrmann's theatrical films and their beautiful scenography, but this was something else. Everything just felt... well, perfect. And not perfect in a boring, tidy way - but perfect in an aesthetically pleasing way, totally different from any other films I had ever seen. I was just totally amazed at how perfect everything worked together, from the colours to the props (down to the tiniest details) to the storyline and the dialogue.

At the time I wasn't even a designer by trade. In my heart, yes, but professionally I had just landed my first real job in marketing (which lasted for 1.5 horrible years before I realised I was meant to do something else). In retrospect, one might say that his films made me realise that I just HAD to get into a creative field. 

Now, luckily my husband also really likes Wes (would we even be married otherwise? Hmm...) but I think I might just have filled my quota of Wes Anderson themed posters. Too bad there are just so many beautiful ones out there! Here are a few that I wouldn't mind hanging on our walls...

Moonrise Kingdom painting by  Roland the Illustrator  on Society6

Moonrise Kingdom painting by Roland the Illustrator on Society6

The Life Aquatic poster by  Heather Buchanan  on Society6

The Life Aquatic poster by Heather Buchanan on Society6

The Grand Budapest Hotel painting by  SanMartinArtsCrafts &nbsp;at Etsy

The Grand Budapest Hotel painting by SanMartinArtsCrafts at Etsy

Rullebo identity

Oh my goodness, I've just been super busy for the last weeks. Just waking up, getting the kids ready and dropping them off, driving home, opening the computer (such an unnecessary time consuming step to actually turn it on and off), work work work like a maniac, picking the kids up, cooking dinner (while still working if possible), eating in front of the computer, putting the kids to bed, work work work, collapse in bed. Repeat.

Sigh. Must catch my breath.

Anywho... It's all good, since the projects I've been working on are all super fun! They all made me think "now, THIS is what I should be doing!". Me loves identity projects. Especially if the client is awesome and gives me relatively free hands and actually trusts my judgement. Yay for awesome clients!

Here's some pics of the first identity project (out of three that I've been working on simultanously) – Rullebo, awesome tiny houses on wheels!

The copy is in Swedish and translates to something like: House. Haven. 

I really like the hand made feel of the letters. These tiny wooden houses are really well made out of quality materials and it felt nice to channel that. With some imagination you could picture the little "u" and "o" as the wheels, and there's a roof on top of course. This solution only came to me after hours and hours of sketching little pictogram houses to use as a symbol above the name. Sometimes you're just not seeing the obvious.

To complement the basic black/white/wood I added a birch bark texture and a brown recycled paper texture to use throughout the identity, where applicable. Below are some brochure sketches (using sketch photos found online just for look and feel, as we're about to shoot our own).

Also, I put up a temporary website that I designed in Squarespace. It will hopefully be replaced by an awesome big site with great photos soon... Stay tuned for that at rullebo.com

Sign perfection


Have you ever seen such PERFECT number signs? Everytime I browse my Pinterest Display & Signage board I have to stop and gaze in awe at these awesome wire numbers. Today I clicked the link for the first time, only to discover that they're actually designed by Swedes - yay, go Sweden! 

Erik Olovsson and Kyuhyung Cho are the super talented designers. You can buy them here. I might just have to update our boring house numbers to a minty green pair of these.

Oh, and there are letters too! How gorgeous?