Line Nakken Høivik, welcome to the Soapbox Press stage! With a website, full of healthy work and more to an Instagram that just takes your work above and beyond, we wanted to find out a little more about what lies behind Line. What originally had drawn you towards Graphic Design and for what reasons?
I have always known that I had to end up doing something creative. Exactly what this was, never worried me much, as long as I have the opportunity to create. After High School I went to Denmark and completed a year at the Scandinavian Design School (Den skandinaviske designhøjskole) where I studied Textile Design. They also had a Graphic Design course there and this was my first meeting with the discipline. From there on, I have dived into it and tried to find my place in it.
Name three inspirations to you, whether they’re cartoon figures to the living human and explain your choices…
Might be the biggest cliché ever but I will have to say that the number one inspiration is my husband. He is very positive and handy and he always pushes me in the right direction, helping me out when I am stuck. I think it is really important for creatives to find a person that really understands and respects your practice. Other inspirations are artists Vaughan Oliver and Frank Höne.
Talk to us about your design approach and how you’ve tackled with it over the past few years.
My work plays on the boundaries between design and art, so my approach is working both analogue and digital; always trying to limit the usage of the computer. I definitely appreciate slow art, craftsmanship and the human fingerprint in design, as we live in a world run by technology, machines and software.
What, for you, has become your strongest skill set and how have you defined it across the years?
My most important skill set developed this year, when I was challenged to do a Typography project when I had never done typography before. Previous to this, I thought Typography was just finding the right default font and how hard can that be? I took this opportunity to learn as much as humanly possible and it resulted in an award and a membership in the International Society of Typographic Designers, which I am very pleased about! One of my tutors told me to look at typography the same way as I look at images and illustrations, which turned out to be a really important for me.
Another skill set that I keep defining, is to experiment a lot and don’t be afraid to make less successful things, because these always help me develop further.
Talk us through your project for ‘Is This Art’, how did the concept come about and where is this project moving towards?
The ‘Is this art’ project started when I completed my BA Dissertation; with the question ‘Is there a place for the handmade in the digital world?’. Who is it really that decides what is art and what is not? And furthermore how is art valued? By the artists name? By the time spent on it? By the meaning behind it, even though its just a black painting with a white dot in the centre?
Right now, the project is a series of photos. In the future, I hope to be able to do more extensive research on this and to eventually turn this research into a book.
What are you current fascinations and how are they feeding into your work?
Current fascinations are working on the boundary of disciplines. From merging handmade into the digital, drawing with coloured pens on coloured paper and illustrating with other things than just a pencil on a piece of paper. What these fascinations result in remains to be seen by you.
Explain your work is three words…
I would say celebral, experimental and playful.
Finally leave us with something that not many people know about you (it can be as crazy as you like)…
What people don’t know about me, is that I rarely know what I am doing (in life, in my work and in general). My initial plan changes drastically; approximately 800 times during a project. But by not knowing, I tend to evolve and succeed, which I think is a good thing.