One of my fondest memories of Sweden is the graphic design everywhere you look. In every storefront, window, building, there’s a creative element that demonstrates that real thought and aesthetic ability was put into what you’re looking at. The designs are creative, inspiring, cute, colorful, fun, and pragmatic. Animals were involved in many. They all have a sense of sensible innocence. I liked that designs were everywhere – my favorites were not only the commercial ones, but the young and old images in churches or cultural landmarks, the angles of buildings, the color schemes. Design isn’t just pen to paper – it can take on many forms. What are you trying to communicate with a design? What feeling do you want the viewer to have? Colors, shapes, dimensions, perspectives, can all take on infinite personalities. It’s so exciting to think of the possibilities, and the change that one design can instill. Simple designs – a powerful stroke – or complex paintings – Sistine Chapel – what’s the difference? I might have gone overboard with these pictures, but here are some of the images I took of design elements that appealed to me (click on the image for a larger, clearer version).