ERIK DOLK

Stockholm,Sweden

Erik Dolk is a Swedish graphic designer from Falkenberg, Sweden currently based in Stockholm. He is the art director behind his girlfriend’s brand Sunday Stockholm. We spoke with him about his latest typography works and design inspirations under the cautious eyes of his lovely dog Heidi.

Birthplace Falkenberg
Resides Stockholm
Stance Regular
Setup 8.5 deck, 52 mm and independent trucks
Favorite Trick BS TS
Favorite spot Humlan, Stockholm
Favorite item to wear New SB’s

 
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As a kid I used to draw random skate logos,
and loved to study the ads in the skate mags
 
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When did you first realize that you wanted to be a graphic designer?I’ve always had a passion for drawing. As a kid I used to draw random skate logos, and loved to study the ads in the skate mags. But I think I realized it first when I attended graphic design in high school..

What is your personal definition of good and bad graphic design?
Tricky one. I love to study all type of work, but I guess sloppy design kind of bugs me. For me good graphic design is a conceptual and well thought out piece of work. And always well crafted. A good example of this is Experimental Jetset’s re-branding of Whitney Museum in NY.

And what attracted you to Typography?
Basically my typographic studies at Berghs SoC. We had great lectures in the craft of typography.

Where do you find inspiration for the stories you develop?
It all depends. Some inso might come from researching, or it might be a random weird thing in the streets.

Do you spend a lot of time sketching?
Not as much as I want to. Lately I’ve been trying to spend some time off the screen – doing analogue stuff. But more collage than sketching though.

 
 
 
[...] sloppy design kind of bugs me.
For me good graphic design is a conceptual
and well thought out piece of work.
 

Is there a specific project you could tell us more about?

Well, I’ve started to work on different collages all based around typography and letterforms. I see this a process of exploring shapes and composition based on limited expressions found in the positive/negative space.

How do you describe your style?
I try to explore styles and feelings suitable for each project/task, so I guess my style varies depending on the project.

What project(s) are you working on now?
At the design agency BAS, I’m currently working on the new food packaging concepts for IKEA together with the good folks at IKEA Food. And on evening and weekends I’m helping my girlfriend with her brand Sunday Stockholm. We are currently developing new additions to the loungewear collection as well as different projects labeled Sunday Art.

Is there a specific project you could tell us more about?
Well, I’ve started to work on different collages all based around typography and letterforms. I see this a process of exploring shapes and composition based on limited expressions found in the positive/negative space.

How do you describe your style?
I try to explore styles and feelings suitable for each project/task, so I guess my style varies depending on the project.

What project(s) are you working on now?
At the design agency BAS, I’m currently working on the new food packaging concepts for IKEA together with the good folks at IKEA Food. And on evening and weekends I’m helping my girlfriend with her brand Sunday Stockholm. We are currently developing new additions to the loungewear collection as well as different projects labeled Sunday Art.

 
 
 
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What was the first thing you did today?
Had a shower and walked the dog.

What do you do in your spare time?
Hang out with my girlfriend Frida and our dog Heidi.

 
 
 
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Your guilty pleasure?
Bad true crime podcasts.

What are the items you can’t leave the house without?
My phone, my wallet and my keys.

What are your favorite places in your neighbourhood?
This Korean vegan restaurant up the street is the all time favorite. Then we got Perspective Studios for interior and C Store for clothing.

 

Eric Dolk
Stockholm, Sweden
Art Director

Text by Marie Dabbadie 
Photos by Jocelyn Tam

This interview was originally published in
SKATE CREATE UNKNOWN