The task was to design a poster from a large compilation of photographs taken in Iceland in the year of 2014. The photographer (a lighting designer) was interested in capturing the essence of Icelandic daylight over the course of a year. He therefore selected the four most important dates of the year in relation to daylight i.e. summer solstice, winter solstice, spring and autumn equinox. Photographs were systematically taken from sunrise to sundown at three hour intervals, taking care however always to catch 09:00 am and 12:00 etc.
The client wanted to catch the essence of a whole year of Icelandic daylight at a glance. It was therefore agreed to depart from the figurative and focus on making a complex geometrical pattern that encompassed all of this vast daylight information. The pattern is built around four vertical lines based on the four dates when the pictures were taken. The daylight colours on a given day can therefore be observed in a vertical lines across the pattern.
The client was interested to capture the essence of Icelandic daylight and bring it into the built environment for everyone to enjoy. This task has been achieved by marrying strong graphic design with extensive empirical visual information. The United Nations, UNESCO has declared 2015 to be the Year of light. The Icelandic Light Chronicle is our contribution to the world of light.