Music Video Night
2018
Logo(s)

Music Video Night is a monthly pop-up showcase that celebrates the art of the music video and the creators behind them. Every month MVN features a creative — from the legends to the new era — who shares select videos, anecdotes and the background behind their work.
MVN is hosted by Gregg Kaysen aka John Brown.

Music Video Night

SSS-103 Grid Systems
2018
Screen saver

Inspired by Josef Müller-Brockmann's indispensable visual communication manual Grid Systems in Graphic Design.

Features: Text or Digit-based time, 3 Color Schemes, 12h/24h Time, Show/Hide Seconds.

SSS-103 Grid Systems

Kabisera Kapé
2018
Logo

Kabisera Kapé is as coffee shop on the Lower East Side.
This logo will soon be seen on the store awning, coffee cups and other collateral assets.

Kabisera Kapé is located at
151 Allen St., New York, NY

Latest Work


Vandal Press
2017
Logo

Vandal Press is a Web 3 publishing house based in Los Angeles, CA.

Vandal Press

Airis Foods
2017
Logo

Airis Foods is a small Brooklyn based artisanal food company.

Airis Foods

Jackbar
2013
Logo

A low-key neighborhood bar as good for playing pinball as it is for drinking.

Jackbar is located at
143 Havemeyer St., Brooklyn, NY

Logos

Also in this category; stickers and other logo-like designs.

I Kick It Root Down
2012
Vinyl sticker

Inspired by the Beastie Boys.
And Polo Sport.
And Superman.
Edition of 500, I think.

Motherfucker I'm Ill
2011
Vinyl sticker

Inspired by a Lil Wayne song.
Edition of 1000.

Lil Wayne - A Milli

Pinferno VII
2013
Logo and graphic design

Pinferno is a highly regarded pinball tournament that takes place in NYC on rare occasions.

"Not your PAPA's" was an in-joke that would not be funny if I were to explain it.

BAM!
2011
Vinyl sticker

Promotional sticker #2.
Edition of 1000.

BIG-ASS MESSAGE

BAM
2012
Vinyl sticker

Promotional sticker #3.
Edition of 500.

BIG-ASS MESSAGE

BIG-ASS MESSAGE DOT COM
2010
Vinyl sticker

Promotional sticker #1.
Edition of 1000.

BIG-ASS MESSAGE

Super Gravity
2011
Logo

Super Gravity is a progressive rock band from New York. Besides the logo I also did the packaging design for their EPs Symmetry and Rat Race.

Super Gravity on facebook

The Pony Girls
2017
Logo

The Pony Girls was a short-lived Brooklyn based band that played some type of rock music.

BoredFast
2013
Vinyl sticker

Boredfast is a trend forecasting company in New York.

Reciprocal
2011
T-shirt graphic

Never printed t-shirt graphic.

RCPRCL
2012
Skateboard graphic

A design intended for a skateboard deck that never got made.

Plaztik Mag
2013
Vinyl sticker

Designed for a friend's video production company but never printed.

Plaztik Mag

him
2014
Website

A website you can talk to.
Inspired by Spike Jonze's movie Her.
Photography by Aaron Breetwor.

him the site

B.A.M.
2015
iPhone app

A first of its kind app for creating expressive text messages in the form of animated GIFs.

Unfortunately this app is no longer available on the App Store because I don't have time to update and maintain it.

B.A.M.

BIG-ASS MESSAGE
2010
Website

The single-serving juggernaut.
Tens of millions of messages created!

BIG-ASS MESSAGE

Sites & Apps


SSS-102 Color Circle Clock
2017
Screen saver

A rudimentary color circle turned into a stylish clock.

Features: 3 Clock Sizes and Black, Gray or White Background Color.

SSS-102 Color Circle Clock

SSS-101 Points in Time
2017
Screen saver

A digital clock based on the San Francisco typeface, with the digits dynamically transformed into half-tone style dots.

Features: 6 Font Weights of SF Mono, 3 Time Sizes, 0°/45° Pattern Rotation, 12h/24h Time, Show/Hide Seconds.

SSS-101 Points in Time

SSS-002 EXIT
2016
Screen saver

Turn your screen into a standard New York City Building Authority Exit Sign. If helping people in case of emergency is not your thing it also includes 8 other 4-letter message options.

Features: 9 different Sign Messages and Random option, Left/Right/Both or Random Arrow Direction.

SSS-002 EXIT

Screen Savers

Native macOS screen savers written in the Apple-created language Swift.

For even more screen savers, visit Screen Savers by Johansson Design.

SSS-003.5 Supreme Monogram
2017
Screen saver

Because I had already created separate screen savers inspired by the LV pattern and Barbara Kruger & Supreme it was only natural to do this one too when the collaboration was first announced.

Features: 4 Monogram Color Schemes, 2 Monogram Sizes.

SSS-003.5 Supreme Monogram

SSS-007 The SF Trilogy (Part 1)
2016
Screen saver

In the first part of The SF Trilogy, I wanted to draw attention to the inherent beauty of the shapes that make up the San Francisco typeface. To achieve this its glyphs are scaled up, randomly rotated and displayed in alternating black and white (or white and black) in a 4x3 Shuffle Matrix.

Features: Black & White or White & Black Color Scheme.

The SF Trilogy (Part 1)

SSS-001 SMPTE Color Bars
2016
Screen saver

"SMPTE color bars is a television test pattern used where the NTSC video standard is utilized." —Wikipedia

The idea to turn this pattern into a screen saver came from seeing it in the opening sequence of the movie Cloverfield.

Features: Custom Text, Computer Name or User Name on Text Bar, Show/Hide Text Bar, 12h/24h Time, Show/Hide Frame Count.

SSS-001 SMPTE Color Bars

Philosophy and Fucking in Vietnam
2015
Book cover

“Equal parts gritty travel memoir and coming-of-age parable, Philosophy and Fucking in Vietnam is an unapologetic snapshot of a unique and under-explored place and time.”

Buy on Amazon
Isaac Simpson

I Don't Want
2018
Book cover

I Don’t Want explores the lives of three LA men as they navigate the border between extreme poverty and extreme wealth. They are chronic pariahs peering through a window at royalty; close enough to see in, but forever denied entry.”

Buy on Amazon

Books

Only covers are shown here, but I also do page design and layout.

Jackbar Light Box
2015
Light box sign

The outside of this light box sign will hopefully convince you to come in and have a drink and play some pinball, and the inside will guide your drunk self to the correct subway when it's time to leave.

Jackbar is located at
143 Havemeyer St., Brooklyn, NY

Camcorder Font Family
2008-2018
Typeface

A typeface inspired by old consumer electronics.
Originally created in 2008, but I've added new glyphs to it on almost a yearly basis due to its growing popularity.
Most recently I added lowercase, Greek and Cyrillic characters at the request of MTV Global so they could use the font in multiple markets around the world.

Camcorder Font Family

Misc.

Projects that don't belong in the other categories.

Where Brooklyn At!?
2015
Skateboard deck

Designed for Jordan Heads Brooklyn.
Produced in collaboration with Globe Skateboards.

Jordan Heads Brooklyn
Globe Skateboards

Reciprocal Skateboards
2011
Skateboard deck

"Dot Matrix"
Pinball deck #1.
Edition of 101.

Designed for, and produced by, now defunct Reciprocal Skateboards.

This design was also printed as a sticker.

Reciprocal Skateboards
2011
Skateboard deck

"Playfield Lights"
Pinball deck #2.
Edition of 101.

Designed for, and produced by, now defunct Reciprocal Skateboards.

Skateboards


Kaws Color By Numbers
2008
Flash

Interactive versions of color-by-numbers stickers from Kaws' now defunct clothing label Original Fake.

Kaws Color By Numbers

Remember Marlo Stanfield
2008
Flash

An interactive video comic strip about one of the greatest villains to ever appear in a TV series.

Remember Marlo Stanfield

John Brown Soundboard
2007
Flash

A soundboard dedicated to the most memorable cast member from VH1's The (White) Rapper Show.

John Brown Soundboard

Flash

Some old projects that I still think are worth showing off.

Johansson Design

Crispy creative projects by New York City-based designer Bjorn Johansson.

I'm currently looking for a new job, so if you know anyone in need
of an Art Director/Designer, please don't hesitate to contact me.

contact@johansson.design | LinkedIn | WNW
Alt. color
1 color
Clock Face: Digits, Clock Color: Black
Clock Face: Text, Clock Color: Gray
Stand-alone V logo
1 color version
Outline version
Front patio
Roll down gate
Back of sticker
Back of sticker
Winner certificates
Back of sticker
Back of sticker
Back of sticker
Symmetry EP
Rat Race EP
Click mic to enter
"He is I and I am him"
App icon
Screen saver options
Screen saver options
Screen saver options
Facing outside
Marble Hornets DVD packaging
Prada in-store installation
Top of deck
Wheel
The pinball deck diptych
The pinball deck diptych
Select a sticker to color
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