Espen is an Norwegian designer based in Edinburgh, Scotland. In 2010, he co-founded Primate, a small web agency driven by a love of creativity, curiosity for technology, and a belief that great clients are born from honest relationships.
He started his career as a magazine designer before trying his luck at a small Edinburgh design studio.
When he was let go after only three months he chanced upon a job as a web designer, and the rest is history.
He now spends most of his time trying to bridge the gap between graphic design and what we call web design. Is there a difference, really? Should there be?
Over the years, Espen has worked with clients like Scottish Widows, Edinburgh University, HomeExchange.com, WWF Scotland, Thistle Foundation, Waterstones, Children 1st and the Scottish Centre for Conflict Resolution.
He has never had an exhibition or a book written about him, but he once thought he was up for the 'Young Norwegian of the Year' award, only to find out it was a prank executed by a Swedish client.
The Secret Life of Comedy
It has never been easier to make a web site, and our digital toolbox has never been greater.
At the same time, we seem more concerned with automating our process and systemising design than with creative thinking and generating ideas.
Is web design purely about utility? Is it all about convention? Is it a science? Or is there room for beauty, expression and art?
In this talk, Espen will take a tongue-in-cheek look at the state of web design, explore different creative mindsets, and show how adding a pinch of comedy can make a real difference to the bottom line.