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Ugluholt (Owl Hill) is an illustrated typeface project built on the life at Ugluholt. The life at Ugluholt became my focus since it is my safe ha… Read More
Ugluholt (Owl Hill) is an illustrated typeface project built on the life at Ugluholt. The life at Ugluholt became my focus since it is my safe haven, a place where there is always peace and calm. It is the place where I feel best, the place where I pick up a pen and paper and start drawing or take a book, head of to some secluded place in the forest and start reading. In the letters you can find the animals and plants that live at Ugluholt. Representing the letter A is auðnutittlingur (common redpull), býflugur and bláber (bees and blueberries) decorate the B, Corvus Corax (common raven) is in the C, dagstjarna (daystar flower) in the D and so on through the entire alphabet. I started working on Ugluholt last fall in a typeface design course and decided to continue with the project in my final graduation project. Here you can see the WIP. The decision to present the letters as a book seemed fitting as reading books connects me strongly with the life on Ugluholt. Additionally this setup creates a connection to children's alphabet books, in which children learn the letters with the help of illustrations of familiar objects. At the same time it becomes a motivation to learn on, through nature, wanting to understand a larger part of the world outside after having understood its varied local spectrum. I printed a limited number of books. Only 10 numbered copies exist. Here are a few pages from my book. Hope you enjoy. Read Less
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Ugluholt
Owl Hill
Ugluholt (Owl Hill) is an illustrated typeface project built on the life at Ugluholt. The life at Ugluholt became my focus since it is my safe haven, a place where there is always peace and calm. It is the place where I feel best, the place where I pick up a pen and paper and start drawing or take a book, head of to some secluded place in the forest and start reading.

In the letters you can find the animals and plants that live at Ugluholt. Representing the letter A is auðnutittlingur (common redpull), býflugur and bláber (bees and blueberries) decorate the B, Corvus Corax (common raven) is in the C, dagstjarna (daystar flower) in the D and so on through the entire alphabet.
 
I started working on Ugluholt last fall in a typeface design course and decided to continue with the project in my final graduation project. Here you can see the WIP. 
 
The decision to present the letters as a book seemed fitting as reading books connects me strongly with the life on Ugluholt. Additionally this setup creates a connection to children's alphabet books, in which children learn the letters with the help of illustrations of familiar objects. At the same time it becomes a motivation to learn on, through nature, wanting to understand a larger part of the world outside after having understood its varied local spectrum.
 
I printed a limited number of books. Only 10 numbered copies exist. 
 
Here are a few pages from my book. 
 
Hope you enjoy. 
For the exhibition I painted a big S on wall of the Reykjavik Art Museum and placed the book next to it.  
Letterpressed cover
The books were hand-sown. 
Introduction:
 
Look! My letter!
 
There is something enchanting about the way a child starts discovering the letters. One letter at a time. In the end it is not only letters that the child sees but words and sentences start forming. Suddenly a whole world has opened up. These few symbols of the alphabet form all the knowledge that can be attained and all the stories that have ever been written.
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Auðnutittlingur - Common Redpoll
Býflugur og bláber - Bees and blueberries
Corvus Carax - Common raven 
(no icelandic word starts with a C so here I used a latin name)
Eyrarrós
Kirsuberjatré - Cherry tree
(very few Icelandic words start with É and none that fit with the theme of summer/nature/ugluholt so here the letter is within the word.) 
 
Fífa - Cotton flower
Glókollur - firecrest
Íslandsfífill - Icelandic hawkweed
Könglar - Tree cones
Lúpína - Lupine
Maríuerla - White wagtail
Oddarfi - flowery weed
Ólúagras - Lady's Bedstraw
Sóley - Buttercup
Valmúi - Icelandic poppy
Xerocomus Subtomentosus - Suade bolete
(no icelandic word starts with an X so here I used a latin name)
Þröstur - Robin
Ætihvönn - Holy Ghost
Ösp - Aspen