Who’s birdie?

birdie — formal name Birgit — is a gal equipped with a heart for the geekish and silly. Turning 50 didn’t help. At my workplace, surrounded by programmers, I am the only one decorating my desk with designer art toys, spanning from Funko Pop! vinyl figures of The Dude and Sherlock (BBC version, of course) to a collection of dunnies. And then there are my markers. Two complete sets from two different brands. And black felt tip pens — can’t have too many of those. Did I mention my Faber-Castell coloured pencils? Entering a well-stocked paper store is a blissful experience that can make me go all teary-eyed..!

And, on the note of markers and pencils: ever since I can remember, I have been drawing, colouring, taking pictures. My dream was to enter the National academy of the arts to become an illustrator, but my parents urged me to pursue a career in health services — for a safe income — and save the doodling for my spare time. I was an obedient child but eagerly grabbed every opportunity to express myself artistically. My lecture notes resembled illustrated textbooks. I made brochures for my sports team (painstakingly transferring Letraset letters to paper — this was before computers became household items). If anyone needed a poster made, I was the go-to person.

When I became a mother, I stayed at home with the boys for a few years. This was when the first personal websites — now blogs — started appearing. I dived into a world of HTML and later CSS, got my hands on a copy of Photoshop, and spent every spare moment (and night) teaching myself how to design good looking and well-performing websites. When I returned to the workforce, my days as a physical therapist were history; my newly acquired skills landed me a job with an advertising agency. Fast forward fifteen years, and find me working as the in-house UX designer for a company that makes map-based web and mobile apps.

So why enter school if my skills were already sufficient? Well, for starters: sufficient doesn’t equal excellent. While I am fairly confident in what I do, teaching yourself a skill inevitably will mean skipping some steps along the way. I hope to mend this by following a structured curriculum provided by — and under the guidance of — experienced designers. Being the sole designer at my job, I am also looking forward to what I expect to be inspiring and eye-opening discussions among the students. I am excited to get started!

Psssssst: I am also a major photography geek. I am deputy chair of the Norwegian photographic society and a board member at Scandinavia’s largest nature photography festival. I volunteer as a photographer at music festivals and concerts. I run a non-profit gallery with a weekly photo group. Scroll down to see links to my photo blogs and flickr accounts.

6 Comments

  1. Siv

    Første assosiasjon til navnet er «designpatruljen». Er det samme Birgitte?
    Dernest… også Noroff, deltid, (snart) 50. Interessert med faglig diskusjoner osv?

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    • Birgit

      Heisann! Nei, ikke fra noen designpatrulje. Tar mer enn gjerne noen diskusjoner, la merke til at vi har en del erfaring som tangerer. 🙂

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      • Siv

        Nice. du har e-postadressen min. Send gjerne et pip.

        Designpatruljen var Norges speiderforbunds gjeng for utvikling av tøy til speidere i 2013. Men da finnes det en Birdie til.

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        • Birgit

          Opptil flere birdier – mange av dem er menn, også. Ja, ja. 😉

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  2. Siv

    Mente Birgit.. puha.

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    • Birgit

      😀 Er så vanlig at jeg anser det som alternativ skrivemåte!

      Reply

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