karlssonwilker is a full-service design studio based in New York. We work with design-conscious clients on progressive solutions, providing brand identities, signage & wayfinding, environmental design, packaging, animations, infographics, website design, as well as strategy & concept direction. Clients work directly with the partners and benefit from our open, collaborative process, and our commitment to creating advanced design experiences.
What we do

CULTURAL & CORPORATE BRANDING
STRATEGY & CONCEPT DIRECTION
SIGNAGE & WAYFINDING
VISUAL IDENTITIES & LOGOS
INTERACTIVE & DIGITAL
INSTALLATIONS
ENVIRONMENTAL GRAPHICS & MURALS
DATA VISUALIZATION & INFOGRAPHICS
2D & 3D ILLUSTRATION
PACKAGING DESIGN
NAMING
DESIGN FOR MUSIC & FASHION
SOUND DESIGN
PRINT & EDITORIAL DESIGN
POSTER & BOOK DESIGN
DESIGN WORKSHOPS & LECTURES

SELECTED CLIENTS

COMMERCIAL
Bloomberg
Capitol Records
Drizly
Ironbound
MINI/BMW
Nintendo
Puma
Samsung
Swatch
TIME Magazine
TFCornerstone
Vitra
Warner Bros.
WeWork
Wolf-Gordon Inc.

CULTURAL
Creative Time
Friends of the Highline
Interactive Africa
Israel Museum
MAS, The Municipal Art Society
MoMA, Museum of Modern Art
Museum of the Moving Image
Remai Modern
Reykjavik Art Museum
Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation
The Rockefeller Foundation
The Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation

SELECTED PRESS

COVER FEATURES
Creative Review (UK)
Creativity (US)
Print (US)
X-Funs (Taiwan)
Inform (Denmark)
novum (Germany)
Grapevine (Iceland)
O2 (China)
NewGraphic (China)
DesignStudio (Latvia)

ARTICLES
Communication Design (US)
designboom.com
IDEA (Japan)
Art & Design (China)
Youth Vision (China)
Design 360 (Hong Kong)
Étapes (France)
ID Magazine (US)
Grafik (UK)
Computers Arts Magazine (UK)
Graphis (US)
Ambijenti (Serbia)
Göteborg-Posten (Sweden)
Morgunbladid (Iceland)
Addmagazine (Belgium)
BGMagazine (Ecuador)
Identity (Russia)
Azure (Canada)
Page (Germany)
Slanted (Germany)
BrandNew (US)
itsnicethat (UK)

SELECTED WORKSHOPS & LECTURES

AGIOpen Mexico, Mexico City, 2018
RAM, Reykjavik, Iceland 2017
AGIOpen Paris, France 2017
UDEM, Monterrey, Mexico 2017
AGI Open Biel, Switzerland, 2015
One Design Week, Bulgaria, 2015
Here, itsnicethat, London, 2015
AGI Open São Paulo, Brazil 2014
Diseño SLP, Mexico 2014
The Israel Museum, Jerusalem 2013
OFFF Festival, Barcelona 2013
AGI Open London, 2013
ADOBE MAX, Los Angeles, USA 2013
TYPO London, England 2012
AGI Open Barcelona, 2011
VCU Qatar, 2011
SVW Workshop, Cape Town 2011
MFA Yale School of Art, USA 2011
SahreVictoreWilker Summer School, New York 2008–2010
LYNfabrikken, Denmark 2009
CAFA Beijing, China, 2009
OFFF Festival Lisbon, Portugal, 2008
DesignIndaba, South Africa 2008
ADC Latvia, Riga 2007
Grafitat, Ecuador 2007
Spark, New Zealand, 2007

SELECTED JUDGING

ADAA (Adobe Design Achievement Awards)
CLIO Awards (Chairman Design)
IGDB China
RED DOT Design Award
SGDA China
SPD (Society of Publication Design)
TIGDA (Taiwan International Graphic Design Awards)

MONOGRAPHS

20 Projects, Live From New York…, Oddi, Reykjavik, 2017

15 Projects in 5 Minutes, Oddi, Reykjavik, 2013

20 Projects in 5 Minutes, Oddi, Reykjavik, 2009

12 Days in Serbia, Publikum Publishing, Belgrade, 2006

tellmewhy—the first 24 months of a New York design company, Princeton Architectural Press, NY, 2003

HJALTI KARLSSON
DIRECTOR

Hjalti Karlsson is a partner at karlssonwilker. Karlsson has launched a number of notable creative projects over the course of his career, including projects for TIME Magazine, MINI/BMW, Viacom, MoMA, Vitra, and Wolf-Gordon. He is the recipient of the Torsten and Wanja Söderberg Prize, the highest endowed design award.

A frequent design speaker and judge, Karlsson serves on numerous design juries internationally, including chairman of the jury at the Clio Awards and Red Dot Design Award. He is also a member of AGI (Alliance Graphique Internationale). Karlsson was born and raised in Reykjavík, Iceland, and is an alumnae of Parsons School of Design.

JAN WILKER
CREATIVE DIRECTOR

Jan Wilker is partner and creative director at karlssonwilker. Wilker’s career spans celebrated projects for brands including Samsung, Remai Modern, MTV, Bloomberg Businessweek, and Nintendo, among others.

Wilker serves as the US President of AGI (Alliance Graphique Internationale). He taught at Cooper Union, the School of Visual Arts, and Parsons School of Design. He frequently holds sought-after design workshops and lectures around the world. A native of Ulm, Germany, he attended Stuttgart University’s architecture school and graduated from the State Academy of Art & Design Stuttgart in communication design.

SANDRA SHIZUKA
ART DIRECTOR

Sandra Shizuka is an associate partner and art director at karlssonwilker, where she is responsible for creating engaging and innovative design strategies. During her tenure with the studio, Shizuka has worked on a range of notable design projects, ranging from the Museum of the Moving Image and Samsung, to MINI/BMW and Adobe.

Before transitioning to New York, Shizuka worked with Porto’s Architecture School and as a graphic designer at the Berkeley Symphony. Her work has been recognized across the globe and she was the recipient of the INOV-Art grant. Born and raised in Porto, Portugal, Shizuka studied sculpture and communication design at Oporto’s Fine Arts Academy and printmaking at the Academy of Fine Arts in Wroclaw, Poland.

CONNOR MUETHING
DESIGNER

Raised in Cincinnati, Ohio and a native of Virginia, Connor attended the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, studying graphic design, sculpture, and contemporary literature.

Before joining the karlssonwilker team, Connor spent his summers working at various New York studios and galleries.

KENNY BATU
DESIGNER

A native of the Taiwan district Taoyuan, Kenny was raised in the Lala Mountains of Taiwan and in Switzerland. Kenny later made London his home to complete his bachelor of arts degree in graphic design with a focus on illustration at the Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design.

Soon after, he continued his studies in New York City, became a recipient of the 2015 Park Family Scholarship, and earned his master of fine arts in design at the School of Visual Arts.

PETER SALUK
MANAGER

While working at advertising agencies such as GREY, Deutsch, Inc. and JWT, Peter has managed campaigns for Ford, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Jägermeister and Ann Taylor on projects ranging from digital design, video and commercial production, to fully integrated programs on a national level. He was also on the strategy team that launched Lincoln Motor Company’s Matthew McConaughey campaign. He has worked in every facet of the agency world, and brings that unique perspective to all karlssonwilker projects.

PAST DESIGNERS & INTERNS

Alexander Pasenau, Alexander Strube, Aline Stieger, Allejandra Santos, Alli Metall, Anna Kasnyik, Benjamin Lory, Brigitta Bungard, Brigitte Höfler, Catarina Carreiras, Chris Cowans, Connor Muething, Constanze Maier, Dan Covert, Daniella Schachter, Daniel Pepice, David Lisznia, David Voss, Dennis di Bartolomeo, Duoni Wang, Elizabeth Ferraro, Emmi Salonen, Fabienne Hess, Felix Neuman Frank de Rose, Fredrik Öst, Holmes, Jakob Lauer, Jai Sandhu, Jean Lee, James Lunn, Cedric Suming, Jeff Walters, Jeremy St. Quentin, Jessica Minn, Joe Hearty, Jonas Beuchert, Julius Terlinden, Kenny Batu, Kevin Chao, Kevin Kan, Klara Arnalds, Linda Meixner, Marcela Albuquerque, Mandy Eberle, Manuel Buerger, Marte Veys Berg, Martin Asbjørnsen, Maximillian Seifert, Megan Elevado, Michael Speichert, Miriam Wilker, Moya Annece, Nadine Ouellet, Nathalie Banger, Nick Cannaerts, Nicole Jacek, Nicole Killian, Nicole Kurily, Nicole Wiedemann, Olga Kotova, Paul Steinman, Philipp Hubert, Piera Wolf, Ryan Riegner, Rob van Berkel, Sabina Hahn, Siggi Eggertson, Simone Caroline Carrier, Stephan Walter, Tal Amiran, Tanja Schuez, Tobias Holzmann, Tracy Song, Victor Clemente, Willie Ip, Žarko Dumicic.

and Nick Sheeran

Colophon:

Website design: karlssonwilker inc.

Web-development: v-a.pt

All photography by Elizabeth Smolarz Studio unless otherwise noted.