Name: Ole Berntsen Søndergaard

Born: 30 January 1937 in Copenhagen

Profession: Graphic designer
Member of the Danish Design Council
Member of Kunstnersamfundet (the Artists’ Society)

Work/education:

• Trained sign painter
• Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Architecture, 1961-1964
• Graphic designer in architect Naur Klint’s design firm, 1964-1971
• Teacher of graphic design at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Architecture, 1966-1978
• Founded own design firm, 1973
• Co-founder of and partner in 11Danes, 1985-1995
• Attached to IN-SAFETY, EU’s 6th framework programme as a designer and consultant, 2004-2008
• Launch of Normann Copenhagen Plane, Magasin, 2008
• Co-founder of and partner in Fontpartners.com, 2007

Grants and honours:

Knud V. Engelhardts Mindelegat, 1980
IG Prize: corporate design programme for Elsinore Municipality, 1980
Danish Design Council’s Annual Award, 1984
IG Prize for corporate design programme: Ascan Scandia, 1987
IG Prize for corporate design programme: Unicon A/S, 1989
European Community Design Prize: corporate design programme for Unicon A/S, 1992
IG Prize: symbols for road signs for the Danish Road Directorate, 1995
Thorvald Bindesbøll Medal, 1996
IG Prize: corporate design programme for Roskilde Bank, 1997
The Danish Arts Foundation’s three-year working grant, 1999
The Danish Design Prize: typeface design FF Signa, 2002
Danmarks Nationalbank’s Anniversary Foundation of 1968, 2004
Sven Gram’s Mindelegat, 2007

Concurrent with his graphic design work, Ole Søndergaard is active as a visual artist.