MIKA KASTNER

MIKA
KASTNER
JOHNSON





is a graphic designer interested in art in books, in screens and in real life. They are a member of the editorial collective of Brand magazine and vice president on the board of Illustratörcentrum. With interest in both praxis and theory they create 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. Editing and layouting an upcoming issue of Brand. In the jury for Svenska Designpriset 2020. Planning work and updating this website.

BFA in Graphic design and illustration from Konstfack, stockholm.

Art As Object | Art As Practice

Conceptual book design for Para-Institutional Models (PIM), about 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.

Shadowplay.se

Interactive website for creative collective and experience agency Shadowplay. Light and color dance over the screen interacting with the movement of the pointer.

Parkliv

Parkliv is a project working to increase access to and participation in urban green areas. We were contacted to do the logotype and visual identity.

We developed a unique typeface and visual stroke style that would create a simple but pervasive visual brand, playful and everpresent in all communication. Hierarchically placing the logotype at the same level as the icons and text, echoing the playful and participatory aspects of the project.

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.

Vår fana är röd

A project about the historical remnants and visual culture of the trade unionist red flag, in new cultural and political environments. Based on research in the swedish workers movement archive and consulting with experts in union flag history.

Södertörns högskolas studentkår

A new logotype graphic identity for swedens most forward thinking student union. The identity works with combining accessibility, academic integrity with bold integrity and a colorful palette and traditional student union symbolism.

Tagelfar

Sven Nordqvist-esque cover illustration, booklet etc for a newly started innovative folk music band. The ilustration is heavily based on the different thematics that inspired and run through the nine instrumental tracks.

Tidningen Brand

Brand is the worlds oldest still running libertarian socialist magazine. I've worked with design, covers, layout, illustration, image editorial work and more.

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