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

Congratulations to Renee Ranvig

Congratulations to Renee Ranvig for delivering a solid master thesis and winning the prize for industrial design! The project «Salen» is innovative in the conservative field of horse saddle design, introducing new techonoly and features to solve problems. The prize is given at AHO Works Awards and is sponsored by K8. We look forward to hear more about the project, as Renee will present it for the K8 office later this month. AHO Design Arkitektur- og designhøgskolen i Oslo

Say hello to Tango

We are happy to welcome Tiange Wang (nickname: Tango) as an intern at K8! He has a bachelor’s degree at Shandong University of Art and Design and continued with his master’s at The Oslo School of Architecture and Design. He also has several years of experience as a designer at Pega D&E, Shanghai Office, as well as a design internship at Normann-Copenhagen. Happy to have you onboard, Tango!


Say hi to Javier, our parkouring intern from Mexico!

Javier has bachelor’s degree in industrial design from The National Autonomous University of Mexico. He has good skills with physical prototyping, ideation process and 3D modeling.

Not only does he like to do parkour, he has also designed and built a parkour park in his home town!

His plan forward is to apply for masters and hopefully continue his journey in Norway, so look out!

Funding for innovative prosthetics

K8 is proud to be a development partner of Hy5! They have received grants from DIP, Design-driven Innovation Program. There were 113 applications for the program, and only 14 per cent were awarded grants.

Hy5 develop innovative prosthetics, which can be adapted to the specific user. The project focus will be the protection glove, an important part of the prothesis. K8 will have a systems and service design driven project, working with the possibilities and challenges of the glove together with users. The goal is an improved and more user friendly physical product.

More about Hy5 here

More about DIP here

From left: Marius Andresen (CEO, K8 Industridesign), Ola Kyrkjebø (Mechanical Design Engineer, Hy5), Christian Fredrik Stray (CEO & Co-Founder, Hy5)

DIP project with Skannex

Congratulations! Skannex have been honored grants from DIP, Design-driven Innovation Program. DIP is an important support for involving design in the idea phase of an innovation project. Skannex have chosen K8 as collaborators in this important process.

Skannex have developed sophisticated software for image analysis of biochemical information, used to detect infections like HIV and diseases like Malaria and Dengue fever. The project with K8 will result in a reader that will be attractive for decentralized areas. We can’t wait to get started!

More about the project here. 

More about DIP here.

From left: Siri Stabel Olsen (CEO, Skannex), Dag Bremnes (CTO & Founder, Skannex), Marius Andresen (CEO, K8 Industridesign), Jan Andres Ekroll (Industrial Designer, K8 Industridesign), Joachim Wallem Rasmussen (Industrial Designer, K8 Industridesign)

ParkoMusic art installation

Play music from a parking meter! K8 has contributed in the art installation «Shall we dance?» in Kongens Gate, downtown Oslo. Next to the 40 meter asphalt painting, there is a parking meter that has been transformed by K8. It was worn down, but now it’s filled with colour and music. Bypassers can connect with the installation and play their own music, converting the silent street into a dance floor.

Read more about the art project here