karlssonwilker is a full-service design studio based in New York. We work with design-conscious clients on progressive solutions by providing them with a variety of services including the development of brand identities, signage and wayfinding, environmental design, packaging, animations, infographics, and website design, as well as strategy and concept direction. Clients work directly with us 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

AGI Open 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, NY 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, USA
ADC Art Directors Club, USA
CLIO Awards (Chairman Design), USA
CLIO Awards, USA
IGDB Ningbo International Poster Biennial, China
RED DOT Design Award, Europe
SGDA Shenzhen Graphic Design Association, China
SPD Society of Publication Design, USA
TIGDA Taiwan International Graphic Design Awards, Taiwan

MONOGRAPHS

karlssonwilker On America [Unit 42], Unit Editions, New York, 2018
20 Projects, Live From New York City, It’s…, Oddi, Reykjavik, 2017
15 Projects in 5 Minutes, For Quick Readers, Oddi, Reykjavik, 2013
20 Projects in 5 Minutes, Oddi, Reykjavik, 2009
karlssonwilker’s 12 Days in Serbia, Publikum Publishing, Belgrade, 2006
tellmewhy—the first 24 months of a New York design company, PAP 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 in the position of 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 alumnus of Parsons School of Design.

JAN WILKER
CREATIVE DIRECTOR

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

Wilker serves as the President of AGI (Alliance Graphique Internationale). He has taught at Cooper Union, the School of Visual Arts, and Parsons School of Design, and continues to frequently hold 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 and 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 the Reykjavík Art Museum, 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 at the Academy of Fine Arts in Wroclaw, Poland.

CONNOR MUETHING
DESIGNER

Virginia native and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio, 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.

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 which ranged from digital design, to 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 currently, Nick Sheeran, Lucy Chen & Sasha Valgardsson

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Website design: karlssonwilker inc.

Web-development: v-a.pt

All photography by Elizabeth Smolarz Studio unless otherwise noted.