Since my early teenage years I’ve been interested in the field of graphic design, probably a side effect of my involvement in the skate and snowboard scene – renowned for its bold and progressive visual language. I really enjoy visiting festivals and exhibitions linked to design, be it physical or visual, and R21 is a place I very often stop by.
R21 is located in the center of Oslo and is home to Grafill, a Norwegian organisation for those studying or working within the field of graphic design, illustration, animation, comics/cartooning and digital design. They regularly host great exhibitions, lectures, workshops and numerous social activities. For the update on all the current events it is best to just check calendar on their homepage, there is always something fun and interesting going on.
Grafill is, among other things, also responsible for Visuelt, the largest annual competition in the field of visual communication in Norway, and the annual competition Årets vakreste Bøker (The Year’s Most Beautiful Books). Winners from the latter will be exhibited in November, something no graphic art enthusiast should miss.