The Museum of Design and Applied Art recently opened an extensive retrospective of works by graphic designer, professor Gísli B. If you are interested in Icelandic design, this is a must see!


Upon his return from his studies Germany in 1961, he founded first an advertising agency and then a department for advertising illustration at the Icelandic College of Art and Crafts—a faculty which today is the department of graphic design at the Iceland Academy of Arts.

Gísli has taught graphic design without leave for five decades and has been an unabating force in promoting awareness of his profession, a field that is today one of the biggest and most prominent branches of design in Iceland.


Over the course of his career, he has designed some of this country’s best-known logos, such as the logo of the Icelandic National Broadcasting Service, the Norden Association of Iceland and the Icelandic Heart Association.

The exhibition also features books, covers, ads for both print and TV, ranging from student work to more recent projects, as well as showing his work process from early sketches to ready logos.

Below, a few examples of his work.



The exhibition is curated by Ármann Agnarsson, graphic designer and Lecturer at the Iceland Academy of Arts.

The museum has also published a catalogue containing Gísli’s work as well as interviews and articles by Guðmundur Oddur Magnússon, Gísli B. Björnsson and Haraldur J. Hamar.


The exhibition closes on March 3rd, and for how to get there, see our previous post here.


Images Courtesy of Museum of Design and Applied Arts