We work with daring clients on uncommon outcomes. With our help, design-conscious clients communicate with a distinct visual vocabulary.

We are a small, tight-knit team of designers, active in the fields of branding, signage, wayfinding, and environmental design, as well as packaging, interactive, fashion, strategy and ideation, for the cultural and corporate sector. Working with us is challenging, rewarding, and always enjoyable.


In addition to being a full-service creative studio, we have the experience and skill set for large-scale institutional branding and identity development. With an open creative process and adaptive project management, we navigate approval processes, local ordinances, community outreach, city councils, stakeholders and board of directors, donor opportunities, and media.

karlssonwilker has won less than a thousand design awards, and our work has been featured in more than one national and international design publication. We lecture on our design process around the world, and hold sought-after creative workshops. Get in touch here.

karlssonwilker was founded in late 2000, continuously pushing forward on behalf of our clients. We are located in a former knitting factory in the Ridgewood neighborhood of Queens, NY. Drop by when you’re in the neighborhood. We run a small store and soon a coffee shop from within our studio, featuring work by our friends, and our own outlet, wilkerkarlsson. And here’s a timeline of how we got here.

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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

KARLSSONWILKER INC.
682 Woodward Avenue
Ridgewood, NY 11385
USA

CALL US
+1 (212) 929 8064

FOR ALL NEW BUSINESS INQUIRIES, PLEASE CONTACT:
hjalti@karlssonwilker.com

FOR ALL GENERAL INQUIRIES, PLEASE CONTACT:
tellmewhy@karlssonwilker.com

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Website design: karlssonwilker inc.

Web-development: v-a.pt

All photography by Elizabeth Smolarz Studio unless otherwise noted.

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