Meet the staff - Lars
Posted Wednesday, 24 September 2008 by Lars Hasvoll Bakke in Interviews
Getting the Cre:Source blog rolling again, here's the first installment in a series of posts introducing the various people working at Crestock.
Me looking a bit too smug for my own good.
been real silent here these last months, but I'm glad to say our blog
is coming back to life again. You may already have seen our latest
wallpaper collection, published last week. In addition to
can expect to see a lot of cool stuff headed this way!
To get things
rolling properly, I'm kicking off a series we'll be running in the blog, introducing the various staff members at Crestock,
telling you about themselves and what they do at the company, in their
own words. Basically anything they think the varied group of people
reading this blog might be interested by.
First off: Myself!
So then, some basics first.
name is Lars Hasvoll Bakke and at 21 years of age, I'm the youngest
staff member at Crestock. I've been with the company for close to 2 ½
year now, doing a fairly wide variety of work, from surveying
customers and inspecting new submissions to customer service and
various editorial writing. Right now, my two main responsibilities are
running this blog and preparing our long belated forum for launch.
When we first took down the
forum in February, we where expecting to get a brand new forum
up and running within three to four weeks. The reason it's still down
now, seven months later, is quite simply a temporary lack of
To find skilled, reliable programmers with time to spare,
our development team, just as our inspection team, had to expand beyond
our native country (Norway), even beyond the
continent, which means that Crestock now has employees in three
continents, or four whenever our chief of inspections, Josh Hodge,
goes home on vacation.
While our new programmers
up to speed on the inner workings of Crestock, we
had to prioritize heavily how we used our current resources, and so,
the forum was put aside as development work was focused on the very
core of our business, taking a wide variety of steps to improve the
website usability and increase sales.
During the summer, our development
situation has improved, and so, I'm very relieved to say our new
forum only has a few small fixes and some bug testing left, and we'll
be ready to launch. The forum is going to be a rather simple mechanism,
prioritized speed, simplicity and smooth operation over fancy
functions and opulent design.
Contents-wise, we want this forum to be
more than just discussions about Crestock inspection standards and
other stuff strictly related to the company - we want it to become a
go-to place for solid, focused discussions and advice on shooting and designing with microstock imagery.
To help out with this,
we've enrolled a number of skilled and respected microstock artists who
have agreed to form a "Pro panel", which will be discussing and
dispensing advice on the various facets of microstock production. In
addition, we've got plans for some really cool monthly competitions which will
be run in the forum, which I'm confident will attract your attention.
As for my other main
the blog, I was officially put in charge of it during the summer,
after having written a number of popular posts for the blog. If you
follow this blog, you've probably noticed these, such as the three
articles about Soviet, US and German propaganda posters from the
Century. The latter article in particular may have suffered under my
love of using too many words rather than too few, resulting in a 5000
word behemoth, twice the size of the previous two.
Since I'm also
ridiculously meticulous in my writing, both with regards to facts and
wording, these posts become big projects for me. Huge amounts of time
went into researching them and getting it all typed out
Nevertheless, amongst all the self-inflicted pain I derive
from trying to be so damned accurate, I love writing this stuff. For one
thing, I do enjoy writing in itself, moreover, these posters combine
two subjects I love, modern history and a particularly cool branch of
History, as it turned out,
was such a
big interest of mine that I wound up leaving my hometown (and the
hometown of Crestock), Bodø, moving south to Trondheim, where
I've been studying history at the Norwegian University of Science and
Technology for the past year.
Since I'm distinctly omnivorous in my
interests, a good thing about the whole history study is that it's
pretty much useless on it's own, unless you draw on other sciences
and disciplines, you won't get anywhere. So as a history student, I
can take an historic perspective on all sorts of interesting stuff,
economy, beer, philosophy, music, and as I hope I've demonstrated to
you, graphic design.
That said, I won't make any claim to my
propaganda articles being of academic quality, as a history student,
I'm just starting out, and my knowledge of graphic design is strictly
that of a dilettante. Just as well really - academic writing tends to
be, well, academic!
So then, that's an
myself and what I do. Since I'm heavily involved with this blog,
you'll probably get to know me better eventually. Since we'd also
love to get to know our readers (you!) better, and hear your
suggestions for the blog, fire away in the
commentary field beneath. That's all for now, I've got to get back to
writing a paper on the genocide in Rwanda.