MIKA KASTNER

MIKA
KASTNER
JOHNSON





is a graphic designer and art director with an interest in art, books, screens and theory. She is a member of the editorial collective of Brand magazine and on the board of Illustratörcentrum. With an interest in both praxis and theory she creates books, websites, films and other things, with an ambition of keeping a critical mindset and finding novel ways of visualization.

Currently involved in: Writing and making a book together with artist Alva Roselius. Working as an assistant to creative director Martin Falck.

MFA Werkplaats Typografie 2022-2024 (ongoing)
BFA in Graphic design and illustration from Konstfack, Stockholm.

Sara Parkman Vesper Remix

For the techno remix album of Sara Parkmans Vesper i produced three characters that searched for a campy space between Saras radical church and the great unknown. The lettering is inspired by traditional swedish rose-painting with a contemporary twist.

Redesign Arbetaren

New templates and layouts for the libertarian socialist union magazine Arbetaren

Art as Object - Art as Practice

Book design for Para-Institutional Models (PIM), about and embodying the relationship between the art object and art practice in contemporary art theory.
Typefaces, form and material shape are carefully chosen to embody an oscillation between the material and immaterial.

Queerfaran

Design concept layout for the queer issue of the classic swedish anarchist magazine Brand. With material changes, color palettes, image editorial decisions, illustrations and attention to detail the goal has been to queerly unsettle the experience of the magazine object.

Alva Roselius

Website for artist and writer Alva Roselius. The visitor is met by a poem encompassing the titles of all the works.
alvaroselius.se

Habitat Podcast

A podcast about the politics of inhabited places. Cultural geography and an exploration of historical, ideological and geographical aspects of our cities. I created a variable system for podcast covers and a logotyped based on the shapes gathered from the city.

Sites and Situations

In collaboration with Maryam Fanni i've worked with insert and design for A-Z, an encyclopedic book connecting different platforms for socially engaged design.

Writing Images

Search and write, change size and delete. Change from writing with skyscrapers to animated cats.

Through literally writing with images the website fosters a semiotic and playful understanding of written language and visual culture.
Writing images