LA week two -Q1

This week we were given four riddles to solve (creatively if we may) and these are the riddles:

  • A man is replacing a wheel on his car, when he accidentally drops the four nuts used to hold the wheel on the car. They fall into a deep drain, irretrievably lost. A passing girl offers him a solution that enables him to drive home. What is it?


1: The girl could be a mechanic who happens to have a supply of the nuts in her carry on gear.

2: The girl could be a worker who was there to open the drain to do some repairs (or whatever) and she has some tools to fish the nuts up again.

3: The girl could let him borrow her cell phone (in case he didn’t have one) and let him call someone to come and help him out.

4: She could offer to drive him to the nearest car shop to buy some new nuts.

5: She suggests he uses one of the other nuts on each of the other three wheels (not entirely sure this is safe, but hopefully the car ride home would be short). Haha.

6: She is going fishing and suggests using her fishing gear/hook to try to retrieve the lost nuts.

7. She has a spare wheel in the back of her car that she lets him borrow/buy.


  • Two Russians walk down a street in Moscow. One Russian is the father of the other Russian’s son. How are they related?


1: It could be a (married) couple (heterofile, lesbian, gay) that has a son together.

2: They could be brothers, one in which had a son with his wife, but then they divorced and brother number 2 got together with brother number 1’s ex wife. Brother number 2  adopted brother number one’s son. Far fetched, but not impossible, eh?


  • What occurs once in June, once in July and twice in August?


1: The letter U

  • Six drinking glasses stand in a row, with the first three full of water and the next three empty. By handling and moving only one glass at a time, how can you arrange the six glasses so that no full glass stands next to another full glass, and no empty glass stands next to another empty glass? What is the minimum number of moves to solve this puzzle?


Here there could be a variety of solutions. Rearrange the glasses one by one replacing one another, but that wouldn’t be right according to the rule of only moving one glass at a time. You take the middle one of the full glasses, pour the water into the middle one of the empty glasses, and return the glass back to where it was. Or you can pour the water from the second glass into the fifth glass, and voilà!



Moodle Map


One of our Learning Activities (assignments) this week was to draw a map of our learning platform called Moodle. Our tutors encouraged us to “think outside of the box” and be creative, whilst creating an easily understandable map.

When I first started brainstorming around what my concept would be, I was visiting some different ideas. First I did the classic mind map, but I feel like that is something that is often used and not so creative, so I scratched that. I then pictured a kitchen with an island in the middle as the Moodle home/my page, surrounded by drawers/cabinets with the different categories/subcategories. I felt that it was a little bit messy, and so I thought about “home”; what does that mean? I then had the idea to draw a house with several doors leading into the house, also with doormats as the subcategories. I think it turned out clean and simple, even if my drawing skills in drawing a house clearly needs some more math put into it 😉

So here is my Moodle Map:


Thanks for reading!

Marie x

Semester plan/Student Classlist

One of our LA´s for this week was also to include the semester plan and classlist. So here it is:

First semester 

Second semester 

Mandatory assignment 00
Handout: 14.08.18
Deadline: 20.08.18 
Mandatory assignment 05
Handout: 17.12.18
Deadline: 25.01.19
Mandatory assignment 01 – Design principle
Handout: 20.08.18
Deadline: 31.08.18
Mandatory assignment 06 – Photography2
Handout: 28.01.19
Deadline: 08.02.19
Mandatory assignment 02 – Logo
Handout: 03.09.18
Deadline: 28.09.18
Mandatory assignment 07
Handout: 11.02.19
Deadline: 03.05.19
Semester project 01
Handout: 08.10.18
Project description: 26.10.18
Deadline: 07.12.18
Mandatory assignment 08 – Branding and packaging
Handout: 11.03.19
Deadline: 05.04.19
Mandatory assignment 03 – Layout
Handout: 15.10.18
Deadline: 09.11.18
Project exam 2
Handout: 25.03.19
Project description: 12.04.19
Deadline: 07.06.19
Mandatory assignment 04 – Photography1
Handout: 20.08.18
Deadline: 14.12.18
Portfolio 2
Handout: 25.03.19
Deadline: 14.06.19
Portfolio 1
Handout: 08.10.18
Deadline: 14.12.18


About Myself – The journey here

My name is Marie and I am 32 years old. I have always been passionate about drawing, painting and just making things. This applies to many areas in my life, including interior design and photography. In fact, I am a self taught photographer and I have been working professionally as a photographer since 2011. As a child/teenager I wanted to be a clothing designer, but after I finished high school I was unsure about what to pursue as I knew life as an artist would be hard in a work field with so much competition. So I just started working various jobs and traveling, while thinking it would eventually lead me to a final decision about what to do about my life.

In 2008 I met a man from Chicago, Illinois, United States. I was working in Oslo and he was on a business trip. We met at bar and instantly felt a connection. We visited one another several times and six months later we were married! 🙂 I applied for my green card to be able to live and work in the US, and a year later I moved to Chicago. I applied for college at Columbia University, studying media and communication, however I fell pregnant with my first child within a couple months of living there and I decided to postpone my studies for a couple years. Since daycare is so expensive in the US (we lived in the heart of Chicago which made it even more expensive) I decided to stay home with James until he started school.  In 2014 my second child, Stella, was born. We had been trying to conceive a brother/sister for James for a few years without success, and she was a surprise baby a year after we stopped actively trying for a baby after a few losses. Again, I had applied for Columbia and had gotten accepted when I found out I was pregnant with Stella, and same story… I postponed my studies.

In 2016 I had gotten to the point where I was extremely homesick as I only saw my family in Norway once a year, and I knew it was now or never. James had just started school and started to grow roots in Chicago. My husband and I had also grown apart (I was 22 when we got married… Just a baby myself!)  and we both felt like we were just two best friends living together raising our children. So I made a life changing decision to move back to Norway with my kids. I was a bit lost when I moved here, trying to figure out what to do further. For the past couple of years I have been living with my mother and stepdad in Northern Norway, in a town called Nordreisa (about a 3 hour drive north of Tromsø). I´ve been working on and off as a photographer, while trying to find my path in life. I have been thinking about graphic design for a while as I thought it would be a nice way to implement my passion for photography and drawing/painting into a career that could lead me in a numerous ways in the work field. So I finally took the leap and applied for graphic design at Noroff, and I finally feel like I am on the right track! It feels really, really good to have started this journey, and I can´t wait to share in on my fellow students´road to success!

dsc_7741.jpg(Photo from my trip to Verona, Italy in December 2017)

I look forward to seeing what we all can do, how our different journeys will evolve and how our skills within graphic design will improve and bloom! I also look forward to getting to know you all and our tutors; I already feel like I am connected to a real life community of creative minds alike, and I am so happy and thankful to have been accepted into this community. Lets make these next two years fun and full of learning!

As the first LA also included a self portrait, here I present you with mine. I decided to first draw and then paint with watercolors. I hope you like it 🙂