Here we go! The rest of the picks from the Iceland Academy of the Arts graduation exhibition await!

First stop is graphic design.

My favorite project was by graphic designer Haukur Pálsson. Called Forsetar/Presidents, it’s a series of portraits of the Icelandic presidents made into huge heroic flags. Haukur’s opinion is that the president should play a bigger role as a symbol and role model that ordinary people can relate to. He uses the colors that are in the Icelandic flag, blue, red and white.

Below an illustration of Vigdís Finnbogadóttir.

Below illustrations of Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson and Ásgeir Ásgeirsson in the back.

Below illustrations of Jón Sigurðsson in the middle, with Vigdís on his left and Ólafur on his right. Missing from the back are Sveinn Björnsson and Kristján Eldjárn. You can see them here.

Arnar Freyr Guðmunsson designed a really nice typography, though I’m actually not sure what it is called? I really love the text at the top! The translation is:


This typography took me:

926 hours

34 hotdog buns

230 cups of coffee

& no sex


Júlía Hvanndal‘s final project was package design for a variety of food products. My pictures aren’t great since there were so many people constantly walking in the middle of her installation (everything is hanging in strings from the ceiling). I really like the tiny hand drawn illustrations of the ingredients.

There were also two cookbooks made by the graphic design graduates.

hundraðogfimm is by Rut Ingólfsdóttir and contains 105 recipes from the lovely ladies in the Iceland Academy of the Arts cafeteria in Skipholt 1. The paper and the print look really good, I think it’s printed on paper called Munken. The book is for sale in Hafnarhúsið and the cafeteria in Skipholt 1 for 3900 ISK.

Ömmumatur by Guðrún Lárusdóttir is the other, it contains old Icelandic recipes from different grandmothers. Everyone has their own special versions of the same classic recipes. These are the recipes that people would usually just learn from their own mothers and grandmothers, but a lot of us don’t anymore. That’s when this book comes in really handy! Old school food!

Bergþóra Magnúsdóttir came up with a really cute idea of a puzzle for kids called iplay. Each piece has a letter on it  and an image of an animal beginning with that letter. It also has Braille and sign language!

Jóhann Leó Linduson Birgisson made a book called Í annarra manna spor on how it is to live in this world for autistic people. This wall installation is his interpretation of how it is to be different. I found this really interesting!

Here are a few more snapshots from the exhibition.

It is on until 8.5. at Reykjavik Art Museum Hafnarhús. For more information, take a look at the Reykjavik Art Museum website.


[ EDITOR’S NOTE: For part 1 of Elín Brita’s  LHÍ Graduation Exhibition coverage, take a look here. ed.]