MARYLAND INSTITUTE COLLEGE OF ART (MICA)
Joar Heiberg is a graphic designer finishing his senior year at MICA. Graphic design gives him the opportunity to combine his love for creativity and organization. He believes social design and design thinking are vital to being a successful change-maker and graphic designer. In classes offered to undergraduate students at the MICA Center for Social Design, he worked on projects in cooperation with The Johns Hopkins Center for Behavior and Health and The Baltimore City Health Department. He appreciates the opportunity to work on complicated social problems, finding ways to impact people’s lives in a positive way. After graduation, Joar would like to find a job where he can continue to address social disparities through design.
WHERE WERE YOU BORN AND WHERE DO YOU LIVE NOW?
Oslo, Norway and now Baltimore
LEFTY OR RIGHTY?
MORNING PERSON OR NIGHT OWL?
FICTIONAL OR HISTORICAL CHARACTER YOU’VE ALWAYS IDENTIFIED WITH?
The Apostle Thomas (i.e. Doubting Thomas)
ARE YOU MUSICAL AND/OR DO YOU PLAY AN INSTRUMENT?
I took lessons in guitar and piano, but I am not sure I am musical.
FAVORITE CHILDHOOD TV SHOW?
I grew up without a tv but watched hours of National Geographic on VHS at my grandparents’s house.
LAST BOOK YOU READ?
The Nordic Theory of Everything by Anu Partanen
Does the mouse I can’t catch count?
WHAT LANGUAGES ARE YOU FLUENT IN?
Norwegian and English
FAVORITE FINE ARTIST?
Doctors Without Borders (MSF)
FAVORITE FREE TIME ACTIVITY?
LAST COMPLIMENT YOU GOT?
DO YOU COLLECT ANYTHING?
Photos on my iPhone
COLOR USED MOST OFTEN IN YOUR DESIGN?
A tie between blue and green
TYPEFACE USED MOST OFTEN?
GREATEST STRENGTH/WEAKNESS AS A DESIGNER?
Strength is research. Weakness is motion.
IF YOU WERE NOT A DESIGNER, WHAT WOULD YOU BE?
Work with government in some capacity.
A MANTRA OR SAYING YOU LIVE BY?
Aesthetics are fleeting, the only things with longevity are ideas ‑ Frank Chimero