With the global economy still in a state of flux, work can be hard to find, especially as a young creative. It has meant that people have had to become more and more creative in their search for jobs and one such person is Swedish graduate Erik Olovsson.
Erik is currently travelling around Sweden in a refitted camper van called Eriks Designbuss, which acts as a mobile design studio with it’s own print shop and photo studio. He began his journey in Stockholm has been travelling the country working for small local brands creating logos, business cards, posters and more.
To date he has completed over 20 commissions for different businesses and individuals that he has come into contact with along the way. Some of these commissions have been paid for in the traditional way, others have been paid for with an exchange of services.
“I wanted to explore my role as a designer, travel and find clients,” explains Olovsson. “Maybe the local pizzeria needs help with new menus, the dentist a new business card, the local gallery a better logo, or the farmer a new sign… It is rare that a designer gets a deeper insight into a client’s business these days. It’s easy to hang around at the office and surf design blogs instead of finding inspiration in real life. Technology means we don’t leave the office, we have Skype meetings and email contact instead of conversation around a coffee and a face to face contact. I wanted to change this.”
As well as acting as an office space Eriks Designbuss (eriksdesignbuss.se) also acts as a space for meetings and discussions on design and as a gallery space. In addition it houses a small design library. To find out more about this charming example resourcefulness and truly creative thinking check out: