Friday, November 27, 2009

Graffiti Workshop

The Digital Media students were told that the would not need their computers on friday 27. Why you might ask. Computer free day? digital is no good?

We've gone analogue today, the students joked as they took it to the streets (almost).

– The workshop was a part of the visual communication module. Last week was the first week of this module, and during the early weeks of each module we often had inspirational lectures and workshops. I must say that this was one of the most fun workshops we had so far at Hyper.

– We got to see how a graffiti artist works, and we had the opportunity to try it out by ourselves as well. Many of us had never worked with spray cans before, says Digital Media 11 student Hannah Willén.

The graffiti workshop in Stockholm could be seen as an unsusual day at Hyper Island. But a unusual day a Hyper Island is the usual.

(photo by Hannah Willén)

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

The Hyper Island Recruitment Tour reaches Brazil

Hyper Island's Mike Cordeiro and Micke Kazarnowicz together with Interactive Art Director student Layla Cavalcante

The Hyper Island Recruitment Tour recently visited Sao Paulo in Brazil
20 students showed up, 18 went through the whole recruitment process.

Some had been following us for some time, but most had recently found us as a result of our Recruitment Tour campaign. One of the major blogs in Brazil wrote about the tour, and after that post the potential students did some research on the net. The result was overwhelming, as we met about double the amount of students we had expected, since this was the first time we went to South America.
Written by Micke Kazarnowicz

Read more about the Recruitment Tour here

Monday, November 23, 2009

Sid Lee on Hyper Island

George Giampuranis and Petula Bouchard, Sid Lee.
Photo: Christoffer-Robin Eklund, Motion Graphics Designer 2010 Karlskrona

George Giampuranus and Petula Bouchard at Sid Lee were interviewed by Hyper Island Students Andreas Kleiner and Michaela Sirilä.

Could you tell us a little bit about who you are and what you are doing @ Sid Lee?
George: Creative Director for Interactive and Partner with Sid Lee since 1999.

Petula: COO partner with Sid Lee since 1999

What makes Sid Lee different from other agencies around the world?
George: Simply put, it’s our integrated multidiscipline approach. It allows our to use the power of creativity in a much more comprehensive marketing mix to solve our client’s business objectives.

Whats your connection with Hyper Island?
George: We have been doing portfolio reviews in schools worldwide for a while now. Hyper Island pinged our radar when the Crew 12 site won an FWA three years ago. The relationship grew from there.

What makes Hyper different from other schools?
George: Clearly its the methodology. I have never seen an academic environment that nourishes a mix of “learn as you go” with critical analysis, problem solving and creativity in such a practical way. The resulting students are very much what the industry needs right now.

You came here during our experience technology module, why during this module?
George: To be honest, I didn’t even know what the module was when I came. I though I was only meeting the students to talk about their portfolio. I should have read the email :-). In the end, I was very happy to be a part of this module. I hope my comments were helpful to the students who were clearly working very hard on their assignment.

How many people from Hyper Island do you have working with you today?
George: Right now there are four. One in Montreal and three in Amsterdam.

You said today your were out looking for talented people, what is talent to you?
George: Talent is about being creative within constraints and to be able to find solutions that makes those constraints appear invisible. In other words, work within the brief. Also, you must be able to execute your solution in excellence. At Sid Lee, you have to get your hands dirty.

Petula: Talented people is people who are passionated in what they do, always one foot in head, who try some things differently and creatively

If you could name 3 things thats important for SID LEE what would that be?
Petula : people, people, people

A participant's point of view

One of our Master Class participants has made a video on what Hyper Island is about. Check it out here

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Hyper Island students interviewed in Resumé

Swedish trade magazine Resumé interviewed a couple of Hyper Island students on their latest project, a music video for the pop group Palpitation. Read the interview and watch the video here (in Swedish)

Hyper Island and SJ Join Forces to get Speed on the Digital Track

Press release 2009 11 19

Two Swedish enterprises, the Swedish Rail (SJ) and the digital media school Hyper Island have joined forces. SJ takes the next step to enhance digital communication by becoming a Hyper Island Learning Partner.

We're proud to announce that SJ has been a Hyper Island learning partner since April 2009.

In a learning partnership the Hyper Island student's creativity and deep knowledge of the way to handle the digital media concept is combined with a partner's ambition to move on forward - to a bright future.

- The Hyper Island students have exceeded our expectations by far every time. The inspiration we got from the students is helping us in our day-to-day work to get closer to our objective: using the new digital media as our main media," says Maria Hoglund; Director Broad Media at SJ.

Her colleague ClaesLindholtz, Director Customer Program & Customer Analysis at SJ agrees:

- During the process of building a mobile phone prototype, the Hyper Island students where able to understand our rather complex IT and business demands, and turned it into a well-designed and user-friendly application. The prototype has recently been presented at the event
Oracle Open World in San Francisco, and got large attention as a social CRM tool.

SJ AB is the main player on the Swedish railway market with almost 50 percent of the total market shares and a turnover of approximately 9.03 billion SEK in 2008. SJ carries about 115 000 passengers every day.

- Working together with SJ has been incredibly rewarding for us as well
as a natural step in taking our Learning Partner concept to the next
level, says Mattias Hansson, CEO at Hyper Island.

Hyper Island

Hyper Island is a world leading authority on Digital Media and has been producing top industry talent since 1995. Our students work at the forefront of the digital media industry at leading agencies, around the word. At present Hyper Island has 289 students.

For more information on the Hyper Island learning partnership, please contact: Victoria Egler, Director of partnerships,, +46-(0)70-832-3444 or

Christian Olsson, Marketing Director, Hyper Island, Stockholm + Karlskrona, , Tel: +46-(0)738-222-454

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Hyper Island students on Swedish Television

"Control your Info" continues to raise awareness. See the Hyper Island students behind this project interviewed on Swedish television.

Click here to watch

Monday, November 16, 2009

Control your info, Hyper Island students gain international fame

Almost 300 Facebook groups were hijacked recently, something that received worldwide attention, not only on blogs, Twitter and tech-sites but also by some of the largest players in the business, such as The New York Times and CNN. The people behind this coup d’ information were four Hyper Island students who say that the purpose was not to to illustrate the system’s weaknesses per se but rather to raise awareness of privacy issues amongst social media users. The project Control your Info meant that 289 Facebook groups had a new post on its wall where the “intruders” explained how easy these groups are manipulated.

Read the CNN article here

NBC picked up the news

So did The Huffington Post and Computer World

(Check out the Control your info channel on You Tube here)

Turning ideas into business concepts

The famous five's concept goes back to the future

Please check out our Digital Media student's blogs from the ongoing ”Concept and Development”- Module in Stockholm and Karlskrona. The module goes on for four weeks. During this time the Hyper Island students turn good ideas into full-scale business concepts.

The Stockholm Groups

rock paper scissors exqusite corpse netcetera group IV

blended family far & high

7 nation army eitball if 6 was 9 beyond kids

The Karlskrona Groups

1st Group

flying posits kalmarunionen gaia Digital the famous five

wool 7ate9 kaiah solutions