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Espen Sanne Hardersen

Career Path: Creative director, Gavisus
Location: Oslo, Norway

Prior to my MA I had worked for some time as a graphic designer in my native Norway, primarily with print solutions. I wanted to work more conceptually and human-oriented. The Design Management MA allowed this opportunity to happen. After graduating, I have worked as a digital design/Studio manager at DDB and as Creative Director within learning design.

What are you doing now?Espen Sanne Hardesen

I work as a creative director at Gavisus. We are an Oslo based start-up that designs digital learning solutions for all platforms.

What was the best thing about your course?

Studying at Northumbria gave me an opportunity to work with designers and staff from many different disciplines. This gave me a completely different perspective on design and made me much more versatile as a practitioner.

How did studying at Northumbria help you achieve your career goals / give your career an edge?

My MA gave me below the surface, human-oriented design insight as well as a chance to work multidisciplinary. It opened a completely different world of work opportunities in itself and gave me confidence in making design and business decisions in my daily work.

Which skills/knowledge did you learn on your course that you use most now/throughout your career?

An understanding of how people interact with designed solutions.

What did you enjoy most about your time at Northumbria University?

International, positive and dedicated fellow students.

What advice would you give somebody who is thinking of studying at Northumbria?

Its a very good place to study design. It has a large community and you get a chance to meet great designers and inspiring staff - not only from your own discipline! Have an open mind about what kind of designer you want to become before you start.

How would you describe your time at Northumbria in three words?

Multidisciplinary, international, opportunities.

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