Work / Graphic Design

Harald Damsleth

In recent time I have been reading up on Norwegian design history (it’s incredible how little I know about this compared to how much I know about the international history of design). Not long ago I finished a book on Harald Damsleth, which was one of the greatest Norwegian graphic designers in the 1930s, but became the Nazis designer in Norway during the Second World War. When the war ended he sat two years in jail, and went out of business. After this he only made harmless children’s books and Christmas cards, but he’s as close as you get to a Norwegian Herbert Bayer.