Friday, May 28, 2010

Atli goes to LA

Interactive Art Director Student Atli Vidar Thorsteinsson has produced the music video Supertime for the group Berndsen (directed by Helgi Johannsson) which has been invited to the LA Film Festival in June 2010.

Berndsen - Supertime from Helgi Jóhannsson on Vimeo.

Digital Media 11 in Amsterdam

Able to avoid the ash cloud, the Digital Media 11 students from Karlskrona made it to Amsterdam, to launch their website, WhatistheXV at Sid Lee. The question, wrapped up in a classical cluedo manor, was revealed as a homage to the old Hyper Island way of calling the classes 'crews'. Visit the site for more information.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Crazy demand for apps

Hyper Island is starting a Mobile Applications Program, Fall 2010. To get the latest gossip on what is happening in the apps business we spoke to Hyper Island student Christopher Robin Eklund, who is just finishing up his internship at apegroup,

What is your take on the mobile applications market, how fast is it growing?

“Like absolute crazy - and I really mean it! Pretty much every company has plans - one way or another - to build a mobile application.”

What is the most challenging part of building/ designing an app?

"The cool part of working with apps is to design with extreme 'user-friendliness'. What you want to do is to design and build an app that by just opening it, you understand how it works. No thinking no messing around, no instructions should be needed. You should just feel how it works."

What is your role when producing an app?

"I'm responsible for developing inhouse applications."

What will you do when you graduate from Hyper Island?

"On the Monday after my graduation, I'm starting a new job, as creative director at apegroup"

There is still time for you to apply to for our new programs eCommerce Manager and Mobile Applications. Both programs are customized to meet the market's growing need for this kind of talent, and both have a strong entrepreneurial focus.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

The time is now!

20th May is the final day to apply for YH seats at our long term programs. In other words - there is still time!
Recently Swedish Metro published an article about how to become a millionaire by developing mobile apps. That could be you! Hyper Island will be starting a program for designing and developing applications for mobile devices this fall. Our other programs are also designed to take you all the way to the top, to become the most sought after talent in the digital and interactive communication industry. But that's not all. During your time at Hyper Island, this life changing journey, you will not only challenge yourself in creativity and idea generation but also as member of a team, developing leadership skills, team-member skills as well as trying out all the relevant roles and disciplines of a digital creator, project manager and producer.

As of this fall we offer five long-term programs:

Apply here

At last, but not least. We have no teachers, no schoolbooks and definitely no test. How do you like the sound of that?

Hyper Island in a Nutshell from Martin Bergén on Vimeo.

See you in August!

Friday, May 14, 2010

The YLVP (young leaders visitors program) is back

For the third consecutive year, SI (The Swedish Institute) is organizing its widely acclaimed Young Leaders Visitors Program in Sweden, a program that is facilitated by Hyper Island. Via social media and network building, the YLVP is designed to support young opinion makers from MENA* in their efforts to promote freedom of expression and democratic development in their region. New features in this year’s program are extensive cooperation with the Tällberg Foundation at Rework the World and the presence of participants from Yemen.

In 2008, over 20 people took part in the program, including the world-famous Egyptian blogger Wael Abbas. In 2009, the participants numbered 35 from eight countries, and at this year’s program 28 people from 10 countries will be taking part. The program runs from 10 to 30 May in Stockholm and Karlskrona. Through the Young Leaders Visitors Program, SI is taking on the highly important task of making the blog movement in the Middle East better known to the world.

“A burning issue in the region is the need to give young people a chance to express themselves and to find meaningful work,” says Javeria Rizvi Kabani, the YLVP project leader at SI.

After the program ends, this year’s participants will meet up with participants from previous years and with some 2 000 dignitaries, decision-makers and grassroots activitists for two intensive days at Rework the World in Leksand, central Sweden. The theme of this 5th Global YES Summit is international networks and new green jobs. Thus the aim of developing long-term, productive networks for the YLVP participants looks thoroughly realistic.

For the first time, participants from Yemen will also be attending YLVP 2010. The list includes:

· A 29-year-old woman from Tunisia who on her own initiative has compiled a list of all Internet users in her country who have had their profiles on Facebook blocked by the censors. She has then sent the persons concerned technical solutions enabling them to get round the censorship.

· Ali Fahkry from IndyACT in Lebanon, who is working with environmental issues both in his own country and in the Arab world in a very exciting way, using social media.

· Hana Al-Khamri from Yemen, a journalist and human rights activist whose articles have often been too controversial for newspapers to publish. To get them out, she has used such channels as the Al-Jazeera Talk Blog, a site that is blocked by the Yemeni government from time to time precisely because of the sensitive nature of its content.

· Kacem Jlidi from Tunisia, a project leader from dance4life, which is an international initiative combining dance and social media seeking to give young people a powerful voice to counter the stigmatization and taboos surrounding HIV. This initiative was described as an excellent example by Kofi Annan in 2004.

The Swedish participants in this year’s program are Johanna Wallin, a journalist resident in Palestine, Gabrielle Jönsson, a journalist based in Shanghai and Dhaka, Andreas Hasslert from Ibn Rushd and Marina Ferhatovic from Swedish public service television (SVT).

Follow the YLVP live at
Background (in English):
The YLVP on YouTube:
Rework the World:

Monday, May 10, 2010

Have faith in Fatih

Interactive Art director student Fatih Okan is on his way to New York, nominated for a pencil at the One Show Awards, the equivalence of the digital Oscars. Follow him on his trials and tribulations via his blog

Friday, May 7, 2010

The future is in Motion

The Motion Graphics Design field as an art form has developed enormously recent years. Due to digital and interactive development the styles have been become more elaborate, more refined, and more complex. On another note, 12 minutes of every hour that is broadcasted on television is actually made up by motion graphics. In other words, there is a great demand for skilled and innovative motion graphic designers and developers out there. That is why we are constantly are keeping our eye on the industry's needs when we continue to develop our motion graphics program, bringing in top expertise to guide and feedback on our students work.

This one-year program takes you on a unique Hyper Island educational experience that touches on Flash animation, editing, 3D and compositing as well as web authoring and brand development and much more.
Your final 14 weeks will be spent on an internship, probably at one of 600 companies in Hyper Island’s global network and when you graduate you will be able to create innovative digital solutions including creating ideas, concepts, design, functions and technologies for future platforms at any top agency in the world. It is up to you!

Motion work by Hyper Island students.

Some inspiration:

Creamyorange 2008 Creative Reel from Nick Campbell on Vimeo.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Hyper Island at Dalston Superstore, London

On Monday May 10, We will be on a quick visit to London. We would like to seize this opportunity to meet up with all you prospective Hyper Island students and are inviting you all to come and see us at the Dalston Superstore bar in east London (click here for directions). Pop in for a chat, get your questions answered or discuss Hyper Island with other aspiring students.
See you there!

Location: Dalston Superstore, 117 Kingsland High Street
Dalston, London
Time: 6-8 pm.
Sign up for a seat at our recruitment day in in London May, 22. Click here.

Apps, the talk of the town

Hyper Island's Marketing Director Charlotte Sundåker was interviewed in TV4 Nyhetsmorgon on our new Application Designer and Developer Program in Karlskrona that starts in August 2010. Watch the clip here.(in Swedish)

Final day to apply is May 20 2010. Read more about the program here

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Contagious Magazine likes Whydeo writes about the Digital Media 11 students in Stockholm's Whydeo project:

"Now there's nothing we like more at Contagious than championing a bit of young blood - some of the cream of which courses through Sweden's progressive Hyper Island school, headquartered in Stockholm. It is here that a team of digital media students will today unveil a brand-spanking new communication experiment - Whydeo..."
Read the full article here

Monday, May 3, 2010

Digital Recruitment

There is still a chance for all you aspiring Hyper Island students that might of missed the opportunity to visit us on our global tour. As of late we have included another tour stop, "the digital recruitment" that makes is available to apply anytime anywhere.
The Digital Recruitment is available for students that are applying for a seat at Hyper Island's Diploma Programs.

Read more on the Hyper Island Tour Site.

Hyper Island's YH (AVET) Programs are open only to persons fluent in any of the following Scandinavian languages (Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Icelandic, Faeroese) regardless of nationality or citizenship.
This is a government regulation requirement for all YH-programs. We are happy to give persons who don't speak any of the above listed Scandinavian languages the opportunity to apply to our Diploma Programs.

(If you are applying as an YH student, please click here)