The Riksbank

One of the most significant of all Swedish annual reports, The Riksbank Annual Report, landed on my desk when I still was an employee. The Riksbank is Sweden’s central bank authorized by the Riksdag, the Swedish parliament (no pressure then!). It was a graphic designers dream due to its numerous graphs, extensive texts and numbers as well as all the interesting people working there. Apparently I did a good job because seven years later I finished the last of my many reports for the bank.

The reports followed a given pattern of information, so the most intriguing task was to make the journey interesting year after year. The use of side stories and themes emphasised the structure of, and the difference between, the main chapters.

My role: Concept, design, art direction and later on layout as well. At first as an employee and later in collaboration with Logdesign.
Client: The Riksbank.

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Transparency was a key element of the first brief, so obviously I had to cut holes in the cover to present the reader with a physical insight to what the bank was up to, and equally force the Riksbank to see the society it serves.

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