First off, Laug Auf (pronounced “log off”), in a multi-language mashup, translates to “eyes open”.
So, yes, our logo is based on a third eye. But this is no secret society; quite the opposite. Everyone is welcome. Just share our belief that the most important eye to keep open is the one in your mind. And make an effort to “log off” more often; to be present.
Ok. Now the hidden stuff:
This “third eye” is made of an L, an A (for Laug Auf) and a power button iris. Now pan out to notice that the button is the head of a person with outspread arms, open to experience, living their best life. That’s us. Because we all have the power in our mind’s eye to choose the perspective from which we see the world. We just have to Laug Auf.
Look up, look out, look in...
Live with Eyes Open
In the Spring of 2017, I had a disturbing realization. For the previous 10 years, I had spent most of my waking hours staring at my phone. I convinced myself that it kept me connected and informed. But the truth was, it was disconnecting me; from my family, from my friends, from my place in the real world. And, worst of all, I was setting a horrible example for my kids Orion and GG (ages 9 & 7 at the time).
I desperately needed a digital detox. That night, I turned off my phone. The effects were immediate. I felt connected. I felt alive. I felt so good that I wanted to try to inspire other people to stop staring into their phones, like I had been doing, and get out in the world living and connecting.
My idea needed a name; something to shout out, like a mantra. I liked the sound of “log off”. But I wanted it to be abstract, intriguing and hopefully memorable.
‘Laug Auf’ popped into my mind, so I jotted it down. In a stroke of synchronicity, “laug”, in Estonian, is “eyelids” and “auf”, in German, is “open”. Together, they’re “eyes open”.
Laug Auf reminds my family and our friends to manage our ‘device time', limit our digital distractions, be present with one another and, most importantly, to live with our “eyes open”.
Hopefully, Laug Auf resonates with you, too. Because together, with our 'eyes open', we can change the world.
Axel "Akke" Yberg