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2013 — 2015

Time flies. To buy and renovate a house with my family at the same time be a member and owner of a creative agency with 50 employees has literally eaten up all my time the past two years.

Here is a short summary;

New US office at Los Angeles.

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Last summer we opened up at Venice Beach, Los Angeles, when we wanted to be closer our clients like Disney, Google and Warner Bros. The foundation of the office has been from our Swedish offices to keep our culture. However, we are hiring and searching for talents as we speak when we are growing over there. Contact jobs@northkingdom.com for more information. 

New Co-owners & Partners

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We have brought in new blood into the owner group with Daniel Illic to the left (Creative Director, Los Angeles) and Jakob Nylund to the right (Senior Art Director, Stockholm). In Sweden, Martin Johnson becomes partner and will serve as Chief Growth Officer, focusing on business development in the Euro-Asia markets.

Projects

Some projects I've been involved in the last two years (I will update my portfolio with some of them (Behance) including more information).

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North Kingdom for Warner Bros & Google Chrome, "Hobbit"
Senior Art Director & Lead Designer

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North Kingdom for Disney, "Finding Fantasyland"
Senior Art Director & Lead Designer

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North Kingdom for Disney, "Christmas Card 2014"
Senior Art Director & Lead Designer

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North Kingdom for Google Chrome, "Cube Slam"
Art Director & Lead Designer

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North Kingdom for Disney Japan (prints)
Senior Art Director & Digital Artist

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North Kingdom for LEGO & Google I/O
Creative, Art Director, Concept designer

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North Kingdom for McDonalds Australia, "The Emlings"
Art Director & Concept designer for characters

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North Kingdom for Tele 2 Arena (Installation concept)
Creative, Art Director & Concept designer

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North Kingdom Lab Royale (internal project)
Art Director, Creative, Lead Designer

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North Kingdom Lab Royale (internal project)
Art Director, Creative, Lead Designer

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North Kingdom for Disney Orlando, "The Mine-Train"
Design director, illustration art direction

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Ulrika 
Digital artist

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North Kingdom for Star Wars (concept)
Art Director & Designer

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North Kingdom for TV4, "Torpederna".
Art Director & Designer

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North Kingdom for Saut Hermès (concept)
Art Director, Designer

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Acast
Art Director

Speaking
Art Directors Club Seminar, Hamburg, 2014
Adobe Creative Cloud, Creative Now World Tour, Stockholm, 2014

Awards
During 2013 - 2015 we have also got some awards at North Kingdom;

The Hobbit: The battle of the five armies (2015)
— Guldägget Sweden, Silver
— The One Show, Gold (Interface Design Craft)
— Andy Awards, Silver (Creative Technology)

LEGO, "Build With Chrome 2.0" (2015)
— The One Show, Gold (User Experience)
— Andy Awards, Bronze (Creative Technology)

The Hobbit, "A Journey Through Middle-earth" (2014)
— Awwwards, Site of the Year
— The One Show, Silver (Design Craft)
— Andy Awards, Bronze (Mobile / Creative Technology)
— CLIO, 2 x Bronze (Digital social & Technique/graphic design)
— CRESTA, Bronze (Branded Entertainment)
— FWA Site of the Month

Google, "Cubeslam" (2014)
— The One Show, Merit Award (Branded Games)

LEGO, Build with Chrome (2013 & 2014)
— CLIO, Silver & Bronze (User Experience, Digital)
— The One Show, Gold & Silver
— FWA Site of the Month
— Cannes Lion, Bronze (Web platforms - Web Service/App)

McDonalds Australia, "Emlings" (2014)
— LIA, Bronze (Branded Entertainment, Branded games)

Carlsberg, "Where's The Party?" (2013)
— CLIO, Bronze (Music - Integrated Campaign)

Paranorman (2013)
— The One Show Interactive, Gold
— Andy Awards, Silver (Website, microsite)

Disney, "Finding Fantasyland" (2013)
— LIA Silver (Visual Design)
— Andy Awards, Silver (Travel Leisure)
— FWA, Site of the Month

AT&T, Daybreak (2013)
— Cannes Lions, Silver (Best integrated content campaign)
— Andy Awards, Bronze (Mobile)

ONLY, "The Liberation" (2013)
— CLIO, Gold & Bronze (Sound Design & Graphic Design)

January 4, 2011 - 7 comments

The Making of “Gil”, the character

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Last month we launched a pretty cool project at Times Square for LG on their huge LED screen. A project within the project was to create a character, a process I will show here below. Usually I don't work as an illustrator but sometimes it happens...

Overall we created over 50 characters during two hectic weeks...

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A — Final direction from client B — My redesign and modification of the character when we wanted him more mature and cool C — Klaus Lyngeled (Character Designer och Animation Director) did some tweaks on my sketch D — The final character made in Unity 3D

When a project have a character in focus it's of course super important to give him a look that works both for the brands philosophy and the project itself, a combination that can be very tricky sometimes. This autumn I helped one of our teams with some early concept ideas and development of a character for LG. The character was going to have artificial intelligence and "live" inside the biggest LED screen in NYC; a huge 15x25 meters display (1984x1136 resolution) on Times Square. His name is Gil (Life Is Good backwards) and he's LG's Good News Ambassador. Gil is animated in real-time 3D (Unity 3d) which means instead of using loops of pre-rendered animations, he actually can respond differently to messages, weather reports or news feeds so that he feels really alive

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Published by: Robert Lindström in Graphic Design, Illustration, Installation
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December 11, 2010 - 2 comments

Building Woodbot Pilots installation

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The installation at Skellefteå Airport is now built. It's a fantastic feeling to see how your sketches become reality and it looks as good as you hoped for. Skellefteå Snickericentral (SCC) have done an amazing work, they are great cabinetmaker! The whole thing will be launched next week so I keep my fingers crossed from New York where I'm right now, that everything turns out good! We still have some minor problems with the technology but I think everything will work smoothly. We will launch the web version and some documentary movies from the Airport within a week I hope.

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The very first test of the screen on place. December 10th, 2010, at 12:38 AM. Mia Vallmark, Project Manager, stands in front of the for moment only blue screen, like a digital gateway..

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Published by: Robert Lindström in Installation, Miscellaneous
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