(Re-)learning the Archive – the logotype

Our logotype was made in collaboration with the glass artist Tuomo Nieminen who created its font and motif. For many years he was a glass blower at Bergdala as well as Kosta glassworks. Tuomo Nieminen’s unique ability to sculpt glass has always been a prerequisite for much of the glass art that was created there. During a period of time, he was unable to practice his craft but his creativity and desire to create found other outlets. One of the expressions he tried was to make drawings using a pyrography pen. These often depict scenes from the forest, reflecting Tuomo Nieminen’s passion for hunting.

Its form references the classic birch board picture. This was a type of souvenir, created by gluing a postcard to a board of birch wood, often with painted details. They were usually made by travellers but also by socialists who were blacklisted after trying to unionise their workplaces. You can learn more about the history of the birch board picture through P1’s amazing program Loppmarknadsarkeologerna (the flea market archeologists, in Swedish).

Picture: Sketch by Tuomo Nieminen


(Re-)learning the Archive

is a three-year long development project run by Designarkivet in Pukeberg with support from the Swedish Arts Council and Region Kalmar län (Kalmar County Council).

Christina Zetterlund
Project Manager

Maija Zetterlund
Project Coordinator

In collaboration with

Virserums konsthall
Linnaeus University
Kalmar Konstmuseum

Designer in residence:
Evelina Mohei
Design and webb:
Mika Kastner Johnson

With support from 

Region kalmar läns logotyp
Kulturrådets logotyp