Magnus Gyllenswärd


Future Health Care Concept

A concept project on the Microsoft Surface table, posing questions around the future of health care. This application lets users investigate their health data over time and it allows for comparisons between average situations and the users own data.

Spotify for Windows Phone 7

I created the graphics for this Windows Phone 7 app together with Tobias Bjerrome Ahlin at Spotify. The interaction design was made by Niklas Wolkert. The reviews were pretty nice, wrote 'This Is How Every Windows Phone App Should Look', wrote 'Gorgeous Spotify App For Windows Phone Is Finally Here'.

Swegon air handling unit

Complete design, hardware and software, for a professional, industrial, indoor climate regulation system. A touchscreen with a dashboard UI, drilldown to settings and adjustments of temperatures, inflow and outflow. Best in Category Optimizing, at the IxDA 2014 Interaction Awards.

ITT Flygt pump station interface

Touch screen interface for waste water pump stations. History data on water levels is always visualized in the background and every sub menu is reachable from every screen for fast interaction.

Sonicspree Music Game

A music game for the Windows Tablet and the Microsoft surface table. In 2009 this game won the Surprise of the Year .NET awards.

Various websites

Website design and coding for,

Pinball Expo 2011

Promotional material created for the Pinball Expo in Chicago 2011. The project included a poster, a web site, a booklet, a street ad and an iPhone app.

Various logos

Logos designed for companies and projects.

Diabetes education tools

A range of Microsoft Surface Table concepts for better understanding of diabetes and its implications.

Sustainable smart phone

This phone concept focuses on exchangable and biodegradable parts, a battery charging system that provides transparency to the types of energy used and a UI that communicates with the user via the depth of elements on the screen.

Medical product icon set

227 icons in various sizes were created for a client. Designed to fit on a dark as well as a light background.


Illustrations for projects and spare time.

Albert Sjnitke Album Art

Interpreting the music of Albert Schnittke (Swedish spelling used for the project), the resulting poster, three album covers and a notebook aims at expressing a shattered, broken but still classical style.

Book Cover

Design of the cover of 'A Whole New Mind' by Daniel H. Pink. Since the book describes the transitions from the industrial age to the information age and on to, what Pink describes as the, 'conceptual age', the concept of the design is aiming at describing these different stages and describing the 'conceptual age' as one that breaks free from the structures of the previous ones.

Adrian Frutiger Exhibition

A poster, a catalogue, a ticket and an invitation designed for a (fake) exhibition on the typographer Adrian Frutiger. The aim was to represent the typographer and his design philosophy.

Flowchart Recipes

An attempt to present food recipes in a more visual and logic way. This cookbook contains three recipes for Italian dishes.

Eastwood Coffee Packaging

Packaging concept for a line of Clint Eastwood coffee.

The American Poetry Review

Redesigning the style and layout of The American Poetry Review by putting more emphasis on the text content, but still allowing illustrative interpretations of the poems.

One Image One word

An exploration of messages that can be conveyed by applying one word to an image or incorporating a word as a part of an image.

Portland General Electrics Annual Report 2011

A twenty page annual report for Portland General Electrics focusing on the keywords conveyed by the president of the organization.

The Element Radiator

A conceptual design for a radiator. 35 bulbs give just as much heat and energy as a normal radiator with the exception that it constantly shows its status with its bright light. This prototype aims at visualizing the energy consumed while heating the home as it reacts to the thermal properties of the room. My focus in this project was on concept development, prototype construction, design and graphical presentation.

I designed this during my 1,5 years at the Interactive Institute in Sweden. Anton Gustafsson did all the electronics and programming.

The Power-Aware Cord

Designed to visualise the current use of electricity of the appliances connected with it through glowing pulses, flow, and intensity of light.The cord may be used as a tool for people to rediscover energy in their homes as well as an ambient display to see energy consumption at a glance at any given time. I designed this during my 1,5 years at the Interactive Institute in Sweden. Anton Gustafsson did all the electronics and programming.

Concept Halogen Microwave Oven

An oven concept providing better overview of cooking, direct and relevant controls, easy-to-clean glass and halogen elements for a closer and more exact cooking process. The normally mocked microwave oven suddenly becomes a real cooking tool. An Interaction design master thesis work in collaboration with Electrolux, Stockholm 2004.




Boston, USA

September 2012 –

Front-end web design. Graphic design, HTML, CSS3, Scss, JavaScript, Project Leader and Client Responsible. Open source frameworks such as Refills and Empties.


Providence, USA

November 2010 – August 2011 (part time)

Software Interaction Design, Icon Design, Graphic Design.

Ergonomidesign (now Veryday),

Stockholm, Sweden

November 2005 – August 2012

Software Interaction Design, Small Interfaces and Icon Design, Graphic Design, Industrial Design, Project Leader and Client Responsible. 2 patents.

Interactive Institute, Power Studio,

Stockholm, Sweden

August 2004 – November 2005

Product Design, Interaction Design, Graphic Design, Web Design, Critical Design, User Testing and Prototyping, 1 patent.

Electrolux Design,

Stockholm, Sweden

January – June 2004

Halogen- Microwave Oven concept, MA Interaction Design.


Massachusetts College of Art and Design,

Boston, U.S.A.

February 2010 – June 2012

Graphic Design Certificate Program. Typography, Graphic design, print and web.

Umeå Institute of Design,

Umeå, Sweden

September 2002 – June 2004

Master of Arts in Interaction design.

Umeå Institute of Design,

Umeå, Sweden

January 2002 – June 2002

Graphic Design Design, Communication, Design Theory, Contemporary Art.

Umeå University,

Umeå, Sweden

September 1999 – June 2002

Cognitive Science, Psychology, Computer Science, Linguistics, Philosophy.


Exhibited at Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum in New York, 1 patent for Power-Aware Cord, Exhibited at Wired Next Fest in Chicago 2005, Exhibited at Wired Next Fest in Los Angeles 2007, Exhibited at Visual Voltage at House of Sweden in Washington DC 2011, Doro PhoneEasy® 410gsm Red Dot Award 2010, 2 patents for icon designs, Grand opening performance at Uppsala Konsert + Kongress 2007, Music game Sonicspree, .NET Awards 2009, Swegon air handling unit Best in Category Optimizing at the IxDA 2014 Interaction Awards.


Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign, Fireworks, Axure, After Effects, Rhino3d, HTML5, CSS3, Scss, JavaScript Microsoft Visio, Word, Excel, Power Point, Ableton Live, etc.


Design Research, User Studies, Designing exhibitions, Giving lectures and workshops, Sales activities, Circuit bending workshops, Arduino programming for modular synthesizers, Volontary work in Burkina Faso, West Africa.

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