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.

Shadowplay

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

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.

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.

Book design 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.

Exhibition Catalogue

A democratic catalogue without any start or end. A strap around the book acts as a map and cover and all the graphic elements of the type and patterns are created in collective workshops with the exhibitors.

Visual identity for SöderS

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.