Hi, my name is Bjørn Edvard Torbo and I was born in 1971, the year Willy Brandt was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize and Led Zeppelin released ‘IV’. I’m married to Susan, and we have two wonderful children together. We are living in Høybråten, Oslo, Norway. As a family, we have recreational interests spanning everything from arts, music and technology to various sports and other outdoor activities.
I am passionate about practically all areas of visual design and communication, but it’s graphic design for print and information design that lies closest to my heart. I preferably work on Apple Macintosh computers, although I have considerable skills spanning various operating systems such as Microsoft Windows. Mobile operating systems is another field that interests me a lot, especially from a graphic design and publishing viewpoint. I also dabble in web design, customizing WordPress installations and creating original web content. I do code to some extent in html, css and php, but I find John Gruber’s Markdown a very liberating tool for styling blog posts and pages like these.
At the core, I am an aesthetician but no snob, sociable yet effective, targeted but still flexible. I am creative as well as focused, but first and foremost I am committed to creating designs that communicate well and to ensure that the message is delivered in the most efficient and positive manner possible.
Akershus Fylkeskommune/Jessheim videregående skole
August 1997 – Present
I teach graphic and digital design, lay-out, photography, drawing (pencils, charcoal, pastels, chalks, inks), painting and coloring (acrylics, watercolor, promarkers, color pencils), printing (etching, lino/wood cut, drypoint, screen printing), art history, typography, calligraphy, web design, visual communication, architecture, sculpting, casting, photo manipulation, image editing, vector drawing etc.
Høgskolen i Akershus (HiAk)
Bachelor in Product Design
1991 – 1997
SELECTED SOFTWARE SKILLS, OTHER SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE
Industrial product design
Print and pre-press
Preflighting and publishing
Coding (xhtml, css, php, Markdown)