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Henrik Birkvig

Head of Dept Graphic Design
Medlem siden / member since 0000

“Graphic design is the intelligent interplay of parameters: typography, illustration, colour, composition and movement.”

Graphic design is a solution to a specific communication problem taking into account function, aestetics, techniques and economy. This has been the guide for both my own designs and my teaching activities.

I have been teaching since the mid 1980ties. First at The Graphic Arts Institute of Denmark (from where he graduated in 1982) and now at Danish School of Media and Journalism where he heads the graphic design BA.

He has written several text books on typography and graphic design along with working as an independent designer and as a consultant for companies and institutions.

He holds a masters degree from The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts with a thesis on font quality.

Profil / Profile

Danish School of Media and Journalism is a training and knowledge center for the media and communications sector with a focus on talent, lifelong learning and innovation.

Member of a number of Danish boards and award committees.

Member of Danish Designers.

Member of Association Typographique Internationale (AtypI) since 1986, Board member 2000-2006. Chairman of the country delegates, 2002-5.

Member of Type Directors Club, New York since 1996.

Art direction and concept of the typeface Aller Sans with Dalton Maag, London, as designers and producers 2008.

Kompetencer / Competencies

Typography, calligraphy and lettering
Teaching graphic design

Graphic design and communication
Book design
Visual identity
Book design

Research and developement


Uddannelse / Education

Master in Design 2009.
Graphic designer 1982.