Mikael Vesavuori (*Sweden, 1986) is an artist, designer and co-founder of Gothenburg-based strategic design collaboration Being.
I'm an alumni of Blekinge Institute of Technology (BA, 2008) and Valand Academy (MFA, 2013). My work experience has been within making and teaching art and design. Over the years I’ve worked with folks like Göteborgs Universitet, the Karlskrona world heritage, Essent, Märta-Måås Fjetterström, Akademin Valand, Annika Lundgren, and Nordiska Kafferosteriet. I’ve done so both as myself and as part of Being, the strategic design collaboration I’m running with Niklas Persson. The projects we’ve been involved with include long-term visual communications, strategic communications analysis (with some UX), and brand identity.
Having worked extensively in interactive media, my aim has become broader and more conceptually driven over the last five years, for example, I recently held a talk about speculative interfaces for students at the University of California. As a designer, I believe strongly in work which is strategically right for the client, meaningful for the user and which never backs down from also being highly aesthetic, explorative and critical. This is a humanistic approach where designed objects must become beautifully functional and meaningful experiences in a world saturated by ever-pervasive novelty and cognitive overload. I am always looking for new routes for working with art direction and design with such a UX focus.
When I’m not working, I enjoy good music (spanning vaporwave to black metal), reading well-designed books (♥ philosophy and experimental fiction), cooking hearty food, doing high-intensity workouts and riding my KTM motorcycle.
As an artist, I have had a long-standing interest in how the greater society and individual freedom seem to be at odds with each other. My projects often interweave art, design and research around the unstable shared realities in which we coexist as humans. Ideas concerning post-society, crisis, technological interfaces, dysfunction and misunderstanding, new landscapes, and the sublime are specific topics I continuously work around. After having worked with a broad range of media, I am slowly moving into a practice with a more hybrid-documentary output.