Friday, October 31, 2008

Freedom of information in the Middle East

Young Leaders Visitors Program which focuses on social media as a tool for positive change, is currently taking place at Hyper Island Stockholm.
Course attendees are from Sweden, Egypt, Syria, Lebanon, Jordan and Palestine, and are actively working for social development in their respective contexts.

Young Leaders Visitors Program attendees Wael Abbas and Maha Aswad from Egypt and Palestinian Mira Nabulsi have been interviewed by Swedish newspaper Dagens Nyheter regarding struggles for outspoken blogs and freedom of speech in the Middle East.

Read the interview here:
In Swedish
In English (Google Translate)

Thursday, October 30, 2008

What is Hyper Island Creative Social Academy about?

Who better to ask than actual Hyper Island Creative Social Academy attendees? Clara Burguillo and Nobert "Nobs" Rieger attended the course earlier this month. This is what they had to say:

Where are you from?
Clara: I am Spanish but currently I am working in London.
Nobs: I am from Munich, Germany.

What do you do in your home country?
Clara: I am a junior graphic designer in a digital agency (I mostly work on web pages mostly, sometimes I do banners).
Nobs: I am working here for Plan.Net. I work in the sector of online advertisement. I am allowed to create really cool innovative online stuff: unexpected online ads, banners and websites full with ideas.

How did you find Hyper Island?
Nobs: My Creative Director told me to meet him in his office. Then he told me about the Master Class and Hyper Island.

What expectations did you have before arriving in Sweden?
Clara: To learn more about digital industry and get more confident in my work.
Nobs: One quote from Roger of course: "I can already now say that you will have long and intensive working hours from morning til evening." But I also thought of very creative tools to think out of the box, I thought about a program which probably will be extremely team player orientated. Furthermore I have to admit, that I also thought about having fun and parties with guys from all over the world. Fun I had a lot, party not really.

What is Hyper Island Social Academy about?
Clara: It is about mixing 12 people from different countries, shaking them and having a wonderful cocktail that you send back again. The taste is highly addictive!
Nobs: It is about global team play, about trusting each other. It is about solving problems you never thought that even could exist before. It is about changing perspective everybody is used to. It is about thinking out of the box, jump over the barriers in the head. It is about learning from each other and learning from mistakes (Roger and Åsa are no teachers, they only direct the way you go). It is about to be a psychologist in order to succeed most effective with/in a team. You need a team to make something really big and great.

Clara's group at 2 in the morning druing first group project. "I find it significant because even if everybody is really tired they listen carefully to others’ intervention, ready to get and give the best", Clara tells us.

How did the course change you?
Clara: I am better person (hehehehe). Well, I realized that I can be resourceful and get inspiration from everyone and everywhere. I also learnt to think big all the time: it is a good exercise for the brain!
Nobs: I learned a lot of things about myself, which I never could learn anywhere else. I had a chance, to see my reactions and behaviours in tasks from a new perspective. I had time to watch different personalities working together. I now know more about my psychological skills to push people, to motivate teammates and to bring my ability into projects - exactly at the right time. I even often catch me when I am reflecting about some projects. :)

What do you think the experience gained by the attendees being from different countries and cultures?
Clara: It helps to see different ways of working but also many things in common that make us feel "in the same boat": it unifies energies and strengthen motivation.
Nobs: There were insights into all types of agencies. There were a lot of different personalities and approaches. Because of a few guys from non-english-speaking countries the language barrier was not so high. It is a very valuable network we created all over the world. We all will keep in touch and will be able to collect experience in different countries much more easier.

Did the course exceed your expectations?
Clara:I knew a little bit about Hyper Island's pedagogic system but I never expect that it could be so rewarding: I left physically worn out but emotionally full of energy.
Nobs: Yes. I didn't expect that so much psychology is necessary to be a good teamplayer. I did not know that a team can be so powerful. I expected hard working days but shorter ones. I was very surprised to learn without teachers. The whole thing was much bigger i could imagine before.

If you were to recommend the course to someone, what would you say?
Clara: Probably once in a lifetime opportunity.
Nobs: Take the big chance and give your best. It is not only a creativity course. It is a big life experience, it is a program to solve all kinds of problems and even chaos. It is a program to hold out and never give up. It is working as a team player and living as a person in relationship, it is about learning to give feedback, about motivation. It is about trusting each other and manage it TOGETHER.

Thank you Clara and Nobs!

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Two of Hyper Island's Master Classes

Hyper Island recently completed Hyper Island Creative Social Academy, which took place in Karlskrona. We caught up with Hyper Island's Maria Eriksson to find out more on what the 5-day Master Class was about and what the attendees learned.

What was the Hyper Island Creative Social Academy about?
The course started on the 14th of October in Karlskrona, the participants may have expected a soft start - but that's not how we do it at Hyper Island and they were, I think, a little bit shocked after the first two days, it was late evenings and early mornings.
The course focused on digital and interactive development and also about group dynamics and self development.
One of the participants wrote this afterwards, I think it describes it quite well:
"Hyper Island with all of you wonderful guys switched the light on in another room surrounding mine so that I can see the glowing door crack. Now it's up to me to go to that door and open it."

Where were the attendees from?
They were from Denmark, Los Angeles, Seattle, New York, Los Angeles, Germany, Great Britain and Spain.

From an outsider's perspective, what do you think the attendees learned from each other?
I think they learned everything they learned from each other and themselves. What we do is to give the group tools to learn, there's no one there to tell them what's right and wrong, we're only there to guide them.

Why do you think Hyper Island Master Classes are so appreciated?
We do what we have done for 13 years: A mix of both the "soft stuff" and the "hard stuff", we have the most sought after digital media students in the world, and the feedback we get from the industry is that this is what matters. It's a five day course, but what you take with you from these days goes way beyond this short period of time, it's something you bring with you for life.

Tell me about the Master Class that is taking place in Stockholm right now:
It is an Hyper Island and Svenska Institutets collaboration, Young Leaders Visitors Program, is currently being held in Hyper Island's Stockholm premises. But I believe more information about the course and interviews with attendees will be posted on the blog soon.

For more information on the two Master Classes:
Hyper Island Creative Social Academy
Young Leaders Visitors Program

Thank you Maria!

Friday, October 24, 2008

Andreas tells us about his work at Hyper Island Stockholm

Our continuous technical savior Andreas answers a few questions about his work;

What do you do at Hyper Island?
The official title is janitor and technical assistant. Basically I attend to the premises and act as first-line support towards students and co-workers, when it comes to the more practical and logistic issues at Hyper Island.

How did you find the school?
Actually the school found me, last year they were looking for someone with my qualifications, and I kind of fit the description of what they were looking for, if I recall correctly, the ad said “house-elf”.

What do you appreciate most about working at the school?
Never a dull moment. There is always something that needs to be fixed or a problem solved, so the best thing is really, that you never know exactly what your workday will look like. Great fun, and also challenging in many ways, because some of the things that involve caretaking of the premises and equipment are not always that obvious, so often you have to do research and find an unique solution to the problem.

What's the funniest thing a student has asked you?
Once a student asked me if it were okay to bring his bed to the school. That is of course not possible, due to safety reasons, but some students really like this school so much, they never want to leave.

What advice do you have for students who want to apply to Hyper Island?
The most important thing to bring to Hyper Island as a student is your mind and a good portion of curiosity. Of course it helps to have a computer, and some basic skills in using it, but that’s just a tool, as long as you have your creativity and the will to learn new things, then you are ready to attend courses at Hyper Island.

Thank you Andreas!

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Hyper Island student designs Cap&Design cover

Digital Media 2009 Karlskrona student Simone Magurno tells us how he ended up creating the cover for the latest issue of Cap&Design:

A few weeks ago, Johan Blomgren from Cap&Design contacted me through my Behance profile, asking me to collaborate with Cap&Design for the cover art of their next issue.
Issue #8 is a typography special and the Art Director briefed me with the following guidelines:
- 3D perspective lettering
- Technical feel to it
- Capture the feeling of making a font (they were having a feature article about the making of the typeface "Enighet" and I was supposed to use a specific glyph from the font)
- Use of color and freestyle elements on white background
- 2 days turnaround

The issue can be found in stores now!

Monday, October 20, 2008

Experience Technology 2008

On Friday this week - October 24th 2008 - the current Digital Media students from both Stockholm and Karlskrona are coming together for an exhibition to present the fruit of their labor in module "Experience Technology".
Up until the show, 21 project groups will have worked with 5 different types of technologies (one each) for three weeks, with the goal of coming up with a cutting edge digital experience using the most anticipated and upcoming technologies of today.

The free exhibition is open to the public!
Address: Telefonvägen 30 on Telefonplan in Stockholm.
Opening hours: 16.00-19.00

More information can be found on the exhibition site:


Photo: Viveca Forsblom Ljungdahl, DM10STO

Friday, October 17, 2008

Hello Therese in Karlskrona

Hello Therese Larsson, current Digital Media student in Karlskrona.

How did you find Hyper Island?
I found it through a friend who had a brother who had attended Hyper Island. So it was a long way around, by word of mouth.

Why did you choose Hyper Island over other schools?
Because it was something different, and that I had heard it was not like a regular school with ordinary teachers and homework, but with seminars held by business professionals as well as different types of projects. Of course I wanted to try it.

What module are you working on now?
Experience technology, which has proven to be a rather demanding but fun module!

What have you learned so far?
I have evolved as an illustrator, but also been introduced to some new areas such as motion and tech. But I think I've grown more as a group member than anything else.

If someone asked you how you learn at the school, how would you explain it?
It's very difficult to explain, I think it has to be experienced in order to be fully understood. Sometimes I forget that we have co-workers, because most of the time the students rule the school. It's more like a workplace, or an internship, or why not a collective.
I think I would describe Hyper Island as a place where you seek out the information rather than get it served on a silver platter.

Thank you Therese!

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Hyper Island students and WESC awarded in London

We first wrote about Hyper Island students' final project for WESC in May last year. Crew 11 students Hanna Lundgren, Svetlana Bogatcheva, Hampus Hansson, Martin Klausen, Jonas Svensson and Alexander Svensson collaborated with Starcom in creating the successful campaign "Let's get physical" & "The Fashionably Loud Headphone Launch", which resulted in WESC selling over 200.000 headphones.

The work was awarded at the M&M Awards in London on September 11th where it was commended in category "Best Consumer Goods Campaign", and highly commended in "Best Use of the Web". The campaign was also nominated in "Best Use of Branded Content" and "Best Youth Campaign".

Part of the Hyper Island team and now WESC employee, Hanna Lundgren, accepted the award together with Konrad Bergström, WESC, Fredrik Svensson and Johan Falk, both from Starcom.


Photo courtesy of Dagens Media.

Monday, October 13, 2008

Come visit us!

Today Hyper Island Stockholm was visited by two young creatives from the Netherlands. We always enjoy having our future students and friends over to show you our premises and tell you more about what the school is about.
If you, too, have the possibility to visit us in Stockholm or in Karlskrona, get in touch and schedule a time to come over.

To visit Hyper Island in Stockholm and/or Karlskrona, please contact Regina Kjellberg.

Photos: Jonny von Wallström & Hampus Lideborg

Friday, October 10, 2008

Hyper Island Recruitment Tour Rider

For the second year in a row, I’m very glad to be the Project Manager for Hyper Island's world Recruitment Tour 2008/2009. If you’re around Amsterdam, Berlin, London, Warsaw, New York, Montreal, LA, San Francisco, Oslo, Prague, Barcelona soon and interested in becoming a Hyper Island student in Sweden next year, apply here!

This is a unique opportunity for you to meet Hyper Island staff, and students and take part in our recruitment days to become a Hyper Island student in 2009.

Of course, every tour needs a Tour Rider. Amy Winehouse needs her Jack Daniels, Madonna includes packs of Swiss Ricola herb sweets in her rider.
Just to give you a hint of what to expect – here's the Hyper Island Tour Rider.

• ”Fikabröd” (Swedish for buns and cookies when we drink coffee. It's essential.)
• Löfbergs Lila or Gevalia Coffee.
Kalles Kaviar
• Ecological fruit (bananas, apples and pears is fine.)
• 6 bottles of natural spring water of the brand Ramlösa.
Filmjölk (soureed milk) and Müsli (the combination is divine).
• 12 packs of snus of the brand ”General”.
• Orange and apple juice.
• 10 jars of Lingonberry jam (if we bring some meatballs or just have it on top of a sandwich.)
• Herring (for our lunch-pack or just as a simple snack.)
• Shrimps (for the classic ”Räkmacka.)
• Different picked candy (so called ”små godis”. Cruciual.)
• Dillcrisps with garlic dip.
• If it's a Saturday we will definitely go out for drinks (or arrange a pre-party at someone's place). If it's a weekday we don't drink.
• Yoga relaxing room.

Looking forward to seeing you soon.

/ Christian Olsson, Project Manager, at Hyper Island Stockholm
Photo: Jens Karlsson, Crew 5

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Catching up with students in Karlskrona

Hi readers,

We are a mix of Swedish, Norwegian and Portuguese speaking students of Hyper Island, in the heart of Sweden, Karlskrona. At the moment we are working with a module called Experience Technology, where every group gets a technology to work on. Each group consists of four to five members and our group got an Arduino, which is an open source electronics prototyping platform.
Everyday has been a big challenge for us at Hyper Island, evolving ourselves in this amazing place by practicing learning how to learn. So far this journey has had some ups and downs, sometimes it feels frustrating due to our tight schedules, but when we succeed we feel great and proud of ourselves.
Today for instance we had some major problems on the developing side of our project, but we worked on it the whole day and that's why we are still sitting in school at 1 am. We can now breath and move on to the next challenges, because they will come.
Our main goal at the moment is to shine with our prototype at the exhibition in Stockholm in about two weeks. Because team building is a necessary tool to achieve effectiveness in a group we are constantly applying it to our method of working.

Frederico Phillips, Sebastian Rasch and Henrik Suryodono