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Kåre Martens is a creative director and image maker who has created and shot advertising campaigns for clients in Australia and in his native Scandinavia for almost 20 years. He is business owner and partner with Eivind S. Platou in the Norwegian design duo Handverk.

In Australia Kåre has worked as a creative director for advertising and design agencies like Leo Burnett, M&C Saatchi, Clemenger BBDO, R/GA, Interbrand and Collider.

Kåre also exhibits his work and has had two solo exhibitions so far. The the most recent was at Gaffa Gallery in Sydney in December 2018.

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My approach to commercial work:
A haiku poem is for me a good example for how a piece of design should be executed. Haiku poems condense a powerful concept into the fewest but most concise words possible, with a surprising twist at the end. So I try to do the same with my design.

I always strive to end up with a result that feels simple and effortless. The journey getting to the end results is never simple but it should feel simple and clear to the user. I always try to come up with ideas or concepts that are singular. If the concept consist of too many components it hardly ever sings in harmony. Also, I always look for contrast or opposites. This creates the highest tension. That might be contrast in colour or texture but it can also be contrast in expectations or intent. Also, there is an enormous power in just being foolish. Putting your personal idiosyncrasies on the line can often be the elements that sets a project alight. If something feels a bit uncomfortable and too close to the bone it’s usually because it is meaningful. And thats ultimately what design is about. It’s not about how it looks but what is says.

From a production point of view I always fall towards executing my ideas as much as possible using my own two hands. I build, make and draw all of my final work. I find that not only does surprising things happen in the making process but the results have traces of humanity in it, something I find just carries more soul.

My approach to personal work:
In my personal work I like to explore unstructured thinking. Catching the ideas that pop up when I least expect it and giving them a visual expression. I believe these ideas don’t come completely out of the blue. They lay dormant in a designer’s or artist’s brain, waiting to be reawakened, organised, used — echoes and shadows of thoughts and problems encountered during our daily grind. Two years ago I promised myself to document these ideas and pursue them to it’s conclusion. Some failed, some were downright nuts, but others had a little more to give. 

Pursuing the path that the subconscious mind takes can sometimes open doors that the more controlled, structured state of mind cannot. This is what my last exhibition was about.