Thorbjorn Gudnason is a Danish designer and art director living and working in New York City. Bridging the understated craftsmanship of Scandinavia with the unapologetic attitude of New York, he creates strong conceptual ideas and bespoke design solutions. His work process involves a dedication to deep research, finding inspiration in craft, art history, music, and innovative and effective design.

Currently working as Senior Art Director at Hello Monday, his work has been recognized by several design institutions including Communication Arts, Creative Circle Award, Graphis, Print Magazine, Type Directors Club, among others. He has worked for some the most highly respected design agencies and studios, including Pentagram, Sagmeister & Walsh, Sid Lee and COLLINS. He graduated from Denmark’s School of Visual Communication with a bachelor's degree in Graphic Communication.

Work Experience

Hello Monday

Senior Art Director

New York City & Copenhagen

Aug. 2017 — Present

Hello Monday is a digital creative agency that creates joyful digital ideas, products and experiences that connect the hearts of brands to the hearts of their consumers.

COLLINS

Designer

New York City & San Francisco

Feb. 2016 — Jul. 2017

Brand strategy and design consultancy that helps companies transform customer experiences, with focus on keeping ahead of advancements in consumption models and cultural shifts.

Sid Lee

Designer

New York City

Jul. 2015 — Jan. 2016

Creative services firm founded in 1993. Today, the company employs over 550 professionals working globally from offices in Amsterdam, Montreal, New York, Paris and Toronto.

HUGE

Visual Designer

Brooklyn

Nov. 2013 — Jun. 2015

Digital design agency, found in Brooklyn in 1999, providing strategy, marketing, design and technology services to Fortune 100 companies.

Sagmeister & Walsh

Design Intern

New York City

Jun. 2013 — Aug. 2015

New York City-based design firm that creates identities, commercials, websites, apps, films, books and objects for clients, audiences and themselves.

Pentagram Design

Design Intern

New York City

Nov. 2012 — Jan. 2013

The world's largest independent design consultancy. The firm is owned and run by 19 partners, a group of friends who are all eaders in their individual creative fields.

Awards & Recognition

2018

Gold Award

2018 -

Graphis Design Annual 2019

Afriqua 'Vice/Principle' EP

Print Design

2018

Shortlist

2018 -

Young Creative Circle Award

Netværk i Verdensklasse

Brand Identity

2018

Award of Excellence

2018 -

Communication Arts Typography Annual

Tomorrow More & Better

Poster Design

2017

Gold Award

2017 -

Graphis Design Annual 2018

Tomorrow More & Better

Poster Design

2017

Regional Design Awards Winner

2017 -

Print Magazine

605

Brand Identity

2017

TDC 63rd Awards Exhibition

2017 -

Certificate of Typographic Excellence. Global Traveling Exhibition.

605

Brand Identity

2016

TDC 62nd Awards Exhibition

2016 -

Certificate of Typographic Excellence. Global Traveling Exhibition.

Absolut Elyx Water Truck Boutique

Typeface Design

2015

Young Lions Design Competition

2015 -

Cannes, France.

Danish Representative

Brand Design

2014

Shortlist (x2)

2014 -

Young Creative Circle Award

Ungegruppen

Brand Identity

Book Press

2018

Graphis Design Annual 2019

2018 -

Graphis

Afriqua 'Vice/Principle' EP

Print Design

2018

COLOR NOW

2018 -

SendPoints

Nourish Snacks

Brand Identity

2018

Typography Annual 8

2018 -

Communication Arts

Tomorrow More & Better

Poster Design

2017

Graphis Design Annual 2018

2017 -

Graphis

Tomorrow More & Better

Poster Design

2017

Annual Typography N.38

2017 -

Type Directors Club

605

Brand Identity

2016

Annual Typography N.37

2016 -

Type Directors Club

Absolut Elyx Water Truck Boutique

Typeface Design

2015

Outside The Box

2015 -

Princeton Architectural Press

Limited Edition Packaging Design

Packaging Design

2015

Motion Graphics in Branding

2015 -

SendPoints

Afriqua

Brand Identity

2012

Pack Your Life 2

2012 -

Artpower International Publishing

Aalborg Jubilæums Akvavit

Packaging Design

2012

Top Graphic Design Series: Packaging

2012 -

Hightone Publishing

Aalborg Jubilæums Akvavit

Packaging Design

Select Clients

Afriqua

Apple Inc

Absolut Vodka

Bande des Quatres

Coca Cola

Dream Diary Records

Facebook

Fast Company

Fresh Skincare

J.P. Morgan Chase

Kamran Sadeghi

McKinsey & Company

Nourish Snacks

R&S Records

Smartwater

Studio Museum Harlem

Target

Thompson Reuters

Yahoo

YouTube

605

Capabilities

Art Direction

Branding Identity

Concept Development

Design Strategy

Digital Design

Film/Video Direction

Identity Systems

Graphic Communication

Interaction Design

Packaging

Photography

Print & Editorial

Projection Mapping

Signage & Wayfinding

Typography

Education

School of Visual Communication

Haderslev, Denmark

Bachelor Degree (Graphic Communication)

Jun. 2010 — Aug. 2013