May ’03 Installment: Vännaryd

Pictures from a pretty place in Sweden.

This is my 2 years anniversary! Meaning that this month, May, is the first month of Noscope year 3.

I am immensely proud to have gone this far, especially considering all the coincidences that led to what Noscope is today.

The story is this. Back in 2000, in the wake of my turtleshell website, I wanted to do something completely different. So I started sketching and pondering. I wanted a simple concept, which was easy to update. Some of the early concepts I came up with were "foamscapes", "foam" being some sort of intangible mass. Phew.

While in business practice at NeoIdeo, I suddenly thought of the name "noscope". I didn't really think i'd use it, but just for the heck of it, I bought the domain name.

I think I had a bubbletree as the only thing on the website. Ack… When I think of the cheesy stuff i've made… If you want a taste of it, look through my noscope archives for June 2001.

However, things started taking shape, and a friend of mine told me about May 1st Reboot. It was a massive collective website redesign event. I didn't even have a site to redesign, but I figured i'd partake anyway. And for some strange twist of fate, my site was selected to be among the best of the reboot sites. Take a look in the archives for May 2001 to see what artwork I submitted.

Some months passed, and Kate contacted me regarding music. I was unable to turn down her offer. She made music, I made the graphics.

Today, 2 years later, I've made more than 120 illustrations, and Kate has made 15 full-length music tracks, some of them exclusively for noscope, some with vocals, some featured on her new album. They are all freely downloadable.

During the course of these two years, there have been ups and downs, both in my life and in the world. I've had countless discussions with all sorts of interesting people from all over the world. The comments page have been locale to several verbal battles on right or wrong, or just common chatter. I am truly proud to have been part of this—thank you all for making it so great.

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May ’03 Installment: Vännaryd