Creatives of Trondheim #002 - Bendik Kristiansen

We love our community and we love highlighting individuals doing awesome things! Creatives of Trondheim is our series of random questions* that dig a little deeper into the minds of people working in the creative industry in Trondheim.

Next up is Bendik Kristiansen – Trondheim based graphic designer and student. You can follow him on Instagram: @kristiansendesign and view his portfolio here.

What is your favorite virtue?

I would say justice. Whoever knows me would probably answer the same thing about me, since justice and equality is something I really care about and work for.

What is your favorite guilty pleasure?

For me, this has a lot to do with procrastination. One thing I do way too often is watching YouTube videos. While I’ve got plenty of design related videos queued in my Watch Later list, I still use so much time watching so-called gaming videos. I don’t play games, I just watch others do.

What phrase do you find yourself repeating all too often?

“Absolutely”. Phrases come and go with me, but recently “absolutely” has been the one I’ve used too much.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?

Happiness is a choice is a saying that YouTuber Shay Carl Butler used to say to his viewers. He said that whenever something bad happens to you, and you react with a bad attitude, you will be more irritable the rest of the day. But if you choose to react with a positive attitude, you’ll probably have a better day. The thought of that has helped me a lot in situations where you’re not in control. To be conscious about your happiness, and actively remind yourself that it is your choice to react in one way or another, really makes life easier.

What is your current state of mind?

At this very moment, I would describe my state of mind as anxious or restless. Since I’ve just finished my bachelor’s degree in graphic design, I don’t really know what the fall will bring. Am I working, studying, freelancing? Where am I going to live? I’ve got so many questions about the near future, but it’s really hard to predict how it’s going to turn out.

Who or what inspires you?

Change. Something that really gets my attention and inspires me is when I see something I’ve never seen before. I love designers that try to do something different.  

How do you stay grounded? 

To listen to a podcast while on the slow buses in Trondheim works for me. Currently, I live 20 minutes from Midtbyen, and the bus is the only place where it’s easy for me to take a break from life. If not, a shower is like meditation for me.

Who are your favorite designers?

That’s such a tough question. I feel really inspired by David Carson, Barbara Kruger, and Paula Scher, to name a few designers. Still, at this very moment, I would have to say Sagmeister & Walsh. They really give a spark to the design world, and I find Stefan very interesting. His conceptual approach to design inspires me a lot.  

Biggest pet peeve?

When people don’t put down the toilet lid before flushing.

What do you find magical?

Colors. I find colors magical because you can tell so much to a person by just using colors. It’s like music, which I also find very magical.

How would you define June’s global theme Craft?

It’s such a broad field, but one that truly inspires me with his crafts is Adam Savage. He’s really creative, and have worked on so many cool projects. I want to bring him up because he’s not just working with one craft, but he’s working on so many different crafts; prop design, costume design, woodworking, redesign, and so on. I see craft as something you do with your hands, and that often requires a skill. Savage knows his crafts.

*Our random questions is inspired by The Proust Questionnaire – a questionnaire about one’s personality. Its name and modern popularity as a form of interview is owed to the responses given by the French writer Marcel Proust.

Photo by Gerhardsen & Karlsen