Chapter 3Partners on Partnering

Ask any graphic designer and he or she will sing the praises of collaboration. In an interconnected, cross- platform creative profession, it is impossible to be a lone genius anymore. Granted, the genius will lead and others will follow, but working and playing well with others is more essential because the vast number of platforms and outlets require multiple expertises—more than one person can embody at the highest level. This may account for the growth of design studios and firms with two or more partners. It certainly is the reason for single-person studios to bring in a range of people to handle anything from conception to manufacture, from brainstorming to technologizing.

Hjalti Karlsson and Jan Wilker

Not a Lot of Verbalizing

Dog Lamp

Client: In-House

2001–2011

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