Bridge, the present exhibition at the Design and Architecture Centre in Oslo or DogA, has been organised jointly by Oslo National Academy of the Arts and the Oslo School of Architecture and Design. Forty student projects have been selected to show the importance of the design industry in Norway today. The wide range of design projects show that the design profession has an increasingly significant role to play in the development of society with the need “to meet future challenges in development and innovation.”

I found the range of the projects impressive and many of the solutions to complex issues were inspired and inspiring. 

Aleksander Wassum and Magnus Trevisan looked at the ways that large video screens could replace traditional poster-sized ads in shop windows and street displays and in an appropriate way could change and respond to people walking near.

Several projects looked at how we monitor the use of energy and how displaying information clearly about the temperature and so on would help people appreciate what was happening in their immediate environment. Maren Skyrudsmoen used clear graphics and data transferred to the mobile phones of hotel guests to help them control energy use in their rooms and Ask Helseth and Camilla Monrad-Krohn looked at how workers in an office or public space can make changes to the space around them, by opening windows or adjusting thermostats, without realising what the energy impact of that might be so they created strong graphic patterns on the building itself that changed their display as the environment changed.

Other projects looked at the design of high-speed transport, the ergonomics of desk and workstation design and the effect of well-designed toys on the way children reacted in a play group.