Lárus Blöndal

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Lárus Blöndal

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About me

Hello! I am Lárus Blöndal, a versatile creative professional who hails from the captivating landscape of Iceland’s capital, Reykjavík. With a unique combination of skills and interests, I thrive in the fields of graphic design, psychology, photography and the world of typography and illustration.

My background story

I grew up in a small village on the outskirts of the capital Reykjavík. The villagers were mostly poor people with housing problems. I am the youngest of five siblings, including two twins, that my mother had at the age of six. However, the age difference between me and my twin brother is only fifteen minutes.

She quickly became alone with us children due to my father’s alcohol problem. They divorced when the children and I were between the ages of two and eight. The dream of a new house was over and the childhood home became a shabby old cottage. In the village, there were no organized leisure activities for children and teenagers, and mom’s finances were poor. The younger twins and I had to deal with something. We were thought to be imaginative, energetic and quickly became self-sufficient. Our obstinacy often took quite a toll on our mother and our immediate environment.

Our schooling in elementary school went well. In the village there were many children and a lot going on. Our little village grew and changed rapidly in a short time. The younger twins and I started a pop/rock band at the age of 16 and practiced a lot. (The music was later to be a determining factor in what I later worked on.)

Our training facility was right next to the Icelandic Art and Handicraft School (MHÍ) in Reykjavík. Three students from there came to listen to us play. They needed a band for a dry spell the next day. As it turned out, we got our first gig, which later caused a turning point in my life.

The multi-faceted human flora and a lot of support from the Þorrablót led me to apply for admission to the school and started there the following year. Coincidence decided that I started at MHÍ and later became a graphic designer 4 years later. I worked at an advertising agency the summer before my final year at MHÍ and later immediately after graduation.

After two years, I went to Germany for a year to study graphic design. I then worked at an advertising agency in Iceland for about two years when I founded my own agency, which I ran for ten years. At the end of that time I finished night school. Then I took a year in psychology at the University of Iceland. I then got that study evaluated in psychology at a university in Norway. I did the first part of my studies in Bergen and the second part I then took over in Oslo, where I graduated as a clinical psychologist with a Cand Psychol. In Iceland, I then worked as a psychologist in various places mostly with children, teenagers and their parents. I worked i.a. about a decade with children of alcoholics and their parents. Designed there i.a. a specific approach to the children with the help of a computer where my background in graphic design came in handy.

Today I work mostly with graphic design. There I use a computer and drawing programs such as Autodesk Graphic and Procreate. I am active on Behance.net, Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. I started the fésbók of former students of Iceland’s School of Art and Handicrafts, and there are now over 800 members in total. I am also very interested in music and am, among other things, I play composing with the help of a program on the computer (Studio One Professional). I really like music, share a lot and play guitar and harmonica.

I have a good experience of exercising. I have, among other things, ran quite a lot and participated in many marathons and many shorter distances – mostly here in Iceland, but also e.g. in Boston and New York. Today, I go to the gym on weekdays in the morning, am in a running group two to three times a week and swim in the ocean. Almost thirty, I met the love of my life. We have three lovely children together, two grandchildren and I enjoy being with them.

The art of visual storytelling

In the world of design, I have found my canvas to translate thoughts, feelings and experiences into engaging visual narratives. Whether it’s creating a brand or creating stunning images, I believe every design should tell its own story.

Typography and illustration enthusiast

Typography is the foundation of effective communication. I revel in the art of choosing the right typefaces, kerning and tracing to create messages that not only inform but also please the eye. My passion for typography extends to my photography, where I capture striking images of the written word in various contexts.

Illustration, on the other hand, allows me to break free from the constraints of reality and explore the limitless possibilities of my imagination. From whimsical characters to intricate patterns, I use Procreate and Autodesk Graphic to bring my visions to life.

A photographic lens on typography

As a photographer, I specialize in creating images that celebrate the beauty and art of typography. My lens captures the intricate details of typography, the interplay of light and shadow, and the harmony of typography with its surroundings. These photographs are a visual exploration of the hidden artistry that surrounds us every day.

As a photographer, I specialize in creating images that celebrate the beauty and art of typography. My lens captures the intricate details of typography, the interplay of light and shadow, and the harmony of typography with its surroundings. These photographs are a visual exploration of the hidden artistry that surrounds us every day.