Friday, October 28, 2011

Hyper Island Loves Manchester

Everywhere you go in Manchester today you see posters and signs declaring “I Love MCR”. They have been appearing since the summer ‘riots’, which saw minor disturbances on the streets of several major cities across the UK. They are a demonstration of the resolve of a population that is deeply proud of its city, and a passionate, action focused energy that has been driving brilliant people to do amazing things here for centuries.
Read more and watch a great Manchester video at our programs site.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Oy Mexico iPad App

Oy Ahoy is a Scandinavian design and development studio, that makes cultural learning experiences for kids. All team members are graduates from Hyper Island. They just released their first app in a series of app’s to introduce kids to different countries and cultures. The App is called Oy Mexico and is inspired by the Mexican tradition Día De Los Muerto - the Halloween of central America.

Oy Mexico, illustrated by talented Wilmer Murillo, gives the kid a more positive picture of what happens to us after we pass away, and makes the subject much easier to talk with your kid about. Sounds, fun interactions, and great illustrations are the components Oy Ahoy uses to engage the kids and to inspire conversations between parents and their kids. Jump on board and travel to Mexico, Oy Ahoy!

It is yours for $1 here:

The team gives great thanks to everybody who has made this possible. Hyper Island, all the coworkers, and Module leaders.
And a special thanks to our outstanding collaborators.
Daniel Rosquist (Sprite Animations)
Joakim Keussen (Web & CSS)
Seth Benson (Motion graphic)
Prince Talhaoui  (X-code)
Mikkel Gomard (Sound Design & Music)
& Wilmer Murillo (Illustrator)

The Oy Ahoy Team!
Sandra Stadelmann (Mobile Applications) - @s_stadelmann
Fredrik Karlsson (Mobile Applications) - @fkarlsson86
Daniel Grönlund (Digital Media) - @SirGronlund
Mikkel Krøijer (Mobile Applications) - @mikkelkroijer

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Hyper Island Playground in Toronto

Hyper Island invites you for a Playground in Toronto, Thursday October 27. RSVP soon to Lucas Stoffel.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

David Erixon at Hyper Island Vision Week

During Hyper Island's Vision Week, speaker David Erixon explored and discussed values in connection to current and future business trends.            

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Hyper Island's Digital Media 2012 student Madeleine Matsson, aka Madm Fia (portfolio), has an exhibition in Stockholm at Urban Outfitters this Friday. Ana-Cecilia (portfolio) from the same class asked her a few questions.

Hi Madm Fia! First of all, who are you and what are you up to right now?

MadmFia is an artist, a female, a symbol of combinations of different worlds and perspectives. Madeleine Matsson is my given name, but I have always been called Fia by the Swedish side of my family, hence, MadmFia was born.  At the moment, I am getting ready for my exhibition on the 14th. Im also participating in a charity auction this Thursday at the Young Art gallery.

How are the plans going for your exhibition at Urban Outfitters this Friday?
There is a lot to be done. Picking up alcohol, sending out invitations, cleaning fingerprints off of the frames, finding a car.  And all the while I need to make sure that communication is clear between the manager of the store and me and everyone else involved.

What can we expect to see at the exhibition?
Drawings, paintings, prints and maybe an interactive piece...if I get it to work. It's an experiment. Oh and FREE DRINKS!

How did you use your experience/education at Hyper Island for your exhibition?
I could never have done all this work, preparation for the show, without my Hyper support and all that I have learned. Everyone around me has a different expertise so no matter who I speak with about the show, they will come up with new suggestions, recommendations, etc. things to think about.  All the sponsors I got were recommendations, where to print, the layout/design, help with copy.... Just having such knowledgable people around me, eager to help and give feedback is such a nice change from my art school background that can be a rather individualistic and competitive environment, in my experience.

What or who influences your art?
Life. Thats a rather cliché answer but the title of the show is Impressions. I am showing realistic pieces, those that are easy to understand, next to more expressive pieces that need more time to translate. People are like that. Our first impressions are always the most superficial: blond hair, etc. But once you get to know a person, things become more complicated; more abstract.

Other artists inspire me; going to galleries, exhibitions. Magasin 3 is one of my favorite galleries in Stockholm. The Reina Sofia in Madrid is probably my favorite museum of all. I love artists like Francis Bacon who can combine controlled skills and technique with chaos and movement.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
Close to the beach with a pet llama and a huge studio in an old warehouse on the top floor with windows on the ceiling.

If you could travel to any place right now, where would you go?
Buenos Aires.

Lastly: broccoli or avocado ?

RSVP for Madm Fia's exhibition at Facebook!

Monday, October 10, 2011

What Is Your Hyper Island?

We're looking over the Hyper Island brand and we're inviting you to join! Head over to and answer a few quick questions, see what other people have said and share your thoughts!