Ruter Landemerke

Today we’re announcing something huge:
Ruter Landemerke!

The signs are designed by to highlight public transportation hubs from distance. These hubs are defined as connection points where several transportation methods can be found in the same place, such as Helsfyr, where you can find T-bane (underground), local, regional and long-distance bus connections.

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The Ocean Bottle launched on Indiegogo!

We’re very proud to announce the launch of The Ocean Bottle on Indiegogo today. K8 has been working together with UK based Ocean Bottle team for about a year to develop world’s most needed reusable bottle.

The Ocean Bottle empowers individuals to turn the tap off ocean plastic, by funding plastic collectors and developing long-term recycling infrastructure at the top sources of ocean plastic around the world. Purchasing just one Ocean Bottle funds the collection of 11kgs of plastic – which equates to a staggering 1000 plastic bottles. This is 25x the impact level previously seen by one product.

The Ocean Bottle’s impact goal is to fund collection equivalent to 3 billion ocean-bound plastic bottles every year by 2025.

K8 has been responsible for design and development of the bottle and has been the main investor in the project. The Ocean Bottle is now a part of Katapult Ocean, a Norwegian entrepreneur accelerator program focusing on ocean innovation. We can’t wait to se the response of the crowdfunding campaign and start production.

Link to indiegogo here


Hey, Diderik!

We are happy to welcome Diderik S. Astrup Westby as our new intern! Even though raised in Oslo, Diderik has been busy studying, working and skiing abroad the past 10 years. His work experience encompasses Timex in Milan, WORK in Oslo, GoGoTech in Bangkok, Tinder in Vancouver and Eker Design in Fredrikstad.

Diderik has a Bachelor of Industrial Design from Emily Carr University of Art and Design in Vancouver. With both a thesis about the future of self driving cars and a couple of car restoration projects, he can claim to be a true petrol head. Other than cars, he also has a passion for photography, music and off-piste skiing (wearing his favorite ski pants for the occasion).


BRIGHT Move receives DOGA-merket

The BRIGHT Move, designed by K8, receives DOGA-merket 2018! K8 did the project in only six weeks to meet a short UNCHR tender deadline. BRIGHT won the tender and UNCHR placed their first order of 57 840 lamps! We look forward to continuing our partnership with BRIGHT and develop products that makes a difference.

Read more about the jury’s statement here and here.

Read more about the MOVE here.

Photo: Sverre Chr. Jarild / Design og arkitektur Norge

K8 and 7Sense win financial support for collaborative DIP project

K8 is happy to announce that our partnership with 7Sense will be supported by Designdriven Innovation Program (DIP) from Design og arkitektur Norge (DOGA). K8 will, in cooperation with 7Sense, conduct a research project to map possibilities within agriculture for 7Sense, especially related to the use of sensors to improve all aspects of farming. The project with run for a year and has already started.

In picture, from left: Marius Andresen, K8 Manager. Anne Elisabeth Bull, head of Future production at DOGA. Max Tangen, CEO 7Sense products.

Launch of The Ocean Bottle

Launch day for The Ocean Bottle!
You can now pre-order bottles at

We’re proud to be part of this exciting journey together with team Ocean Bottle: William, Nick, Michelle and Mauricio.

Taral and Jess from K8 (Tango and Marius could unfortunately not make it this time) joined the launch at London Business School and were excited to see the support and interest from people and happy to get uplifting feedback on the design job.

Stay tuned for more updates on this project!

First picture:
In the background: 1000 disposable bottles. When you purchase The Ocean Bottle you will support the collection of 1000 bottles from rivers before reaching the oceans, as well as giving locals a steady job with a better income. The collected plastic is recycled and used in new products.

From left: Mauricio, Michelle, William, Frederikke Magnussen (A Plastic Planet), Jessica (K8), Taral (K8), Nick

Steam Talk Finland

Steam Talk Finland – Startup event to inspire students and young entrepreneurs!
Get to know about the active start-up environment in Finland and create understanding of the interdisciplinary cooperation that is often behind successful start ups. – And get to know Slush, the world’s leading startup event.

Marius Andresen, K8 Manager, will within a 15 minutes speech give you some good stories from his 20 years of design business.

A sneak peek of the Playuba PRO creative tool during the Creator Festival September 7th


A new card based creativity tool that aims to make Norway the world’s most creative nation!


Both teachers and students around Norway will soon benefit from Playuba’s educational tool, which introduces design thinking and creative processes. In collaboration with K8 industridesign AS, architect Vibeke Kirkebø Hegg from SmartBird AS has developed Playuba PRO. This tool includes specially designed cards and educational presentations which are used to generate unique design tasks, set limits and define users. Students must then work together to creatively explore their own solutions with physical models and drawings.


The Playuba methodology has been developed through work with around 10,000 students and is primarily a tool for arts and crafts teachers in technology, design, architecture and art subjects, however the concept can be used to inspire creative thinking in many other disciplines.


«With the amount of screen time today’s children are exposed to, is it crucial to support tactile “hand-to-head” learning by drawing and building physical models with glue gun and cardboard or plasticine.» Says founder and architect Vibeke K. Hegg. Playuba aims to provide a platform for students to explore design processes, idea generation, understanding of users and requirements, as well as model construction and presentation in a collaborative setting.


Over the last 18 months, designers Taral Jansen and Lillian Korstad at K8 have been responsible for the collaborative design process, working with Vibeke, students and teachers to further develop the whole Playuba product and experience. The website shall be launched in October.


«It was important for me that the physical toolkit would create expectations for the student, a magic box of possibilities, easy to find in a messy classroom and easy to carry. The Playuba-kit should signal creativity. A blend of James Bond and Donald Duck 😉 That’s what K8 really got! » says Vibeke.


«This project has been far more than just making a wooden box with cards,» says Taral Jansen Project Manager at K8. ‘’We have worked strategically to create expectation and magic in the classroom.’’


«The next step in the development of Playuba will be exploring how the students’ physical models, built from recycled waste or plasticine, can be digitized and experienced in a digital world. We have already started some exciting work in this field, and are always looking for forward-thinking partners who are also focused on the importance of “explore & create” for our next generation of creative thinkers!


‘’ Let’s DESIGN THE FUTURE! ‘’ concludes Vibeke K. Hegg.

Say hi to Jess!

Say hi to our new intern, Jessica Thomasson, from Edinburgh! Before the day begins she can often be found in the backyard plum tree, reaching new heights, gathering plums for the office and even making jam for the staff lunch.

Jess has a Masters degree in Product Design Engineering from The University of Glasgow and Glasgow School of Art, with a master project designing solutions for future food resources. As a part of her Masters degree Jess studied one year at NTNU in Trondheim at Institute of Product Design.

Other than designing, she loves to spend the weekends hiking and camping in the mountains, capturing beautiful landscape images as she goes. We are really happy to have her onboard!



7Sense with success in Sweden

We’re excited to see that our client, 7Sense, has partnered with Swedish Rosenqvists Irrigation to sell their irrigation sensor in Sweden. Rosenqvists is Sweden’s largest manufacturer of irrigation systems. The product is designed by K8, in partnership with 7Sense, and has been customized with a black colour to match Rosenqvists’ profile. K8 has been responsible for engineering and manufacturing of all mechanical parts through our network of partners.

The device mounts easily to the regular irrigation equipment and reports its position, movement and eventual leaks; thus giving the farmer a full overview of the irrigation situation – even with old irrigation equipment.

The device is one of the first in the world to utilise the new NB-IoT spectrum from Telia that is tailored specifically for the «internet of things».

Illustration: K8