Great news!

The Icelandic graphic designer Hjalti Karlsson receives The Torsten and Wanja Söderberg Prize 2013 (read more about the award here), congratulations Hjalti!

Karlsson works through NY-based graphic design studio karlssonwilker, founded in 2000 by him together with Jan Wilker, whom he met when working with Stefan Sagmeister.

Below, Karlsson shows selected works by karlssonwilker and explains what they are all about. Enjoy!

web-1. TIMEcover_2008


TIME Magazine
 hired karlssonwilker to co-curate, co-write, and design the 12-page feature and cover for their end-of-the-year’s The List Issue which highlights the year’s Top 10s. 

(Spot us tiny on the cover, bottom, half left—we just couldn’t resist)


web-2. installationforWolfGordon_2012


This sculpture above was conceived as part of a campaign for Wolf-Gordon and was displayed at NeoCon (National Exposition of Contract Furnishings), which is held annually at the Merchandise Mart building in Chicago. The final canopy was composed of more than 250 sides, which were covered in various Wolf-Gordon products, including upholstery textiles, wall coverings, and mirrors. It was roughly 30 feet long and weighed around 1,380 pounds.



web-4. SKIRLselected_2008to2013_REVISED

We consider ourselves lucky to be working with the Brooklyn-based jazz label Skirl Records. Having been responsible for the design of all of the label’s materials since its inception in 2007, it has served as an experimental playground. All of the Skirl releases are housed in a DVD-sized Digipak®, while the print area is limited to a centered, regular CD case size. We are currently working on CD number 22, due in stores soon.




In 2003, Princeton Architectural Press published tellmewhy, the story of our studio’s first 24 months. We designed the book—which as authored by the awesome Clare Jacobson—in four short weeks. The print run was just short of 10,000 copies and we got 58 cents for each book sold.

It’s been out-of-print for quite some time now and, if anyone is interested, we do own the movie rights.

web-6. MuseumOfTheMovingImage_2011

The new extension to New York’s Museum of the Moving Image opened in 2011. For three years, karlssonwilker worked closely with the museum and Leeser Architecture to create an entirely new identity system, including the museum’s new logo, wayfinding system, printed collateral and marketing materials, and customized museum store products. The program further involved designing and implementing four separate websites and all of the museum’s interactive user terminals. We also gave their permanent collection, Behind the Screen, a facelift.  (Winner of The Design Award of the City of New York 2011 , photography by Elisabeth Smolarz )

web-7. Goldmanwarehouse_2005

Identity and exterior Navori signage for The Goldman Warehouse, an art gallery in Miami’s Wynwood district that is devoted to private collections of abstract art.


ps. Karlssonwilker also designed the 2012 identity for our very own DesignMarch and spoke at the DesignTalks during the festival.
Insightful and hilarious, we think watching this clip is 50 minutes well spent. Don’t let the Icelandic descriptions scare you off – the talk is in English. Enjoy!


Images and text courtesy of karlssonwilker 

Wolf Gordon Structural design and installation by the Guild, Photograph by James Shanks