The idea for Kildn was born 15 years ago, and for the past four years we have been working on transforming our vision into reality. The name itself came up early in the process as a working title. We talked about how this project could promote a new way of developing shipping – towards a greener future. How it could become a source of inspiration for ports and shipping all over Norway – and perhaps even the world. The Norwegian word for the source is kilden.
We have discussed various names over the years, some with an international flavour and others that hark back to the maritime history of Western Norway. We have considered place names and sought inspiration in the names of old boats and maritime communities. But in our day-to-day work we always returned to kilden, because it reflects the aspirations of the project. A source of ideas for a greener world. A source of green energy. A source of inspiration for the future. It is a name that has inspired everyone involved in the project to be very forward-looking. For us, it’s all about innovation and sustainability. A hub of vitality and energy, that promotes growth and wider economic benefits. The idea of the project as a source kept coming up in our vision.
Eventually we realised that the word kilden was going to stick with the project. But as the word is so widely used in other contexts, including shopping centres and cultural centres, we had to do something to make our project stand out. So we decided to remove the “e” and make the name into a proper noun and a logo – Kildn.