All posts by Theresa Harmanen

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Exhibition stand

Come check out my food vision for 2050 @ HDK

Welcome to HDK (School of Design & Crafts / Högskolan för Design & Konsthantverk) in Gothenburg for the 2014 degree exhibitions in design. I am graduating from the MFA Design, Advanced level, program and I am exhibiting my degree project “Food equality through health and supply based distribution” is being exhibited on floor 5. The exhibition is open from the 6th – 15th of June, 11 am – 6 pm. Location: Kristinelundsgatan 6-8, Gothenburg, Sweden (click for map).

Happy to hear your thoughts on future visions, contact me and let’s continue the creative discussions!

Exhibition stand

New studio space!

I have moved into a new studio space in Stavanger where I am fortunate to get positive exchange from other artists and designers. Check it out and stay updated for events in this space: https://www.facebook.com/Erfjordgt.8

New studio space in Stavanger

New exciting projects

I am currently working on a couple of exciting self-driven projects, so stay tuned. One of them being an ‘architectural chair’.

Photo by Cenk Aytekin www.cenkaytekin.com

Design for the homeless?

Have you ever thought about what it would feel like to sleep outside, on the streets? It is not easy to comprehend such a horrible situation and I wish all people could live under a safe roof. For a while now I have been thinking about what I, as a Designer, could do for those who are unfortunate enough to be without a home. When walking by a homeless person I have often wanted to ask them about their story. I want to understand, and maybe for a moment take away that constructed border between me and ‘them’. What stops me is that feeling of ‘who am I to think that I have the right to ask a stranger about their life story?’. Just because you have to live a life on the streets does not give others the right to know everything about your life.

The notion of ‘you’ and ‘them’ is what separates. A separation creating those gaps that leads to fear that leads to alienation and ignorance. A separation that does not exist in reality. For that homeless person might as well be someone you knew. Even someone in your family. Or you.

What can we as Designers do to help? I believe that design can inform and create awareness. That through design we can meet and erase some of the borders. Design can make people feel heard and needed. Like their lives matter. It all starts with listening, and breaking down some of those imaginary fences in between us.

What if there were more forums where we could all meet and understand these lives better? Where homeless people are not just charity cases, but individuals with their own stories.
What if we could invite a homeless person to a school, where children could listen to and ask about his or her story?

What are your thoughts?

If you are a designer or working in a creative field – how do you think we could help?

My Pinterest profile

I just set up an account on Pinterest where I will collect all kinds of inspiration. I would love for you to follow me there! Click on the title ‘My Pinterest profile’ above to go to my Pinterest page.

Launch of new website!

Theresa Harmanen, new website, freelance designer, freelance projects

I am excited to announce the launch of my new and improved website! What better way to start 2013 with a new and fresh online presence in line with my recent move to beautiful Stavanger, Norway. I welcome new and old clients, friends and collaborators to keep in touch and follow my journey through design.

I am now available for new and exciting projects and collaborations so you are welcome to contact me with inquiries!

Good to know about my website is that you will need a password to see my confidential projects. Contact me for access.

Enjoy, and see you soon!


Head of Design at Smartly. Designer passionate about creating engaging products and experiences. Specialised in designing for health and well-being, and the process of using design as a tool to address social and global issues.

*Due to client confidentiality, some works cannot be published online. Please contact me for more info.*

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