Greetings from New York City!

                                                                 Greetings from New York City!

Hi!

This is a page about my work. I am a creative director in children’s media. I’m also an advocate for children’s right to play and learn in freedom.

Cheers!
Jens

 

Talks

I have spoken about Why I believe it works so well to give children digital tools that maximize their creative freedomHow to make amazing kids apps;  Why it is important that children are shown in media meant for them, and many other topics!

Venues: CES, KidScreen, ToyFair, Digital Kids NY, Sesame Workshop, NBC, NYU, Rutgers University and more!

Why we must go beyond pink and blue when designing products for children, 2014

Articles

 We Stink at Playing with Out Kids. I gave it a shot anyway.

We Stink at Playing with Out Kids. I gave it a shot anyway.

 Toca Hair Salon - Visuals: Emil Berner

Toca Hair Salon - Visuals: Emil Berner

 Toca Kitchen - Visuals: Emil Berner

Toca Kitchen - Visuals: Emil Berner

 Helicopter Taxi- Visuals: Emil Berner

Helicopter Taxi- Visuals: Emil Berner

Television

I was one of the creators behind the puppet show Hotell Kantarell, for which I did character design. The TV show first aired in 2007 and went on for six seasons.  →

Books

I have written four children's books. Two based on the popular Swedish character Pelle Svanslös (above) and two based on my own concepts.  →

 Illustrations: Ingrid Flygare

Illustrations: Ingrid Flygare

 Illustrations: Lotta Geffenblad

Illustrations: Lotta Geffenblad

 

Toys

 Toca Paper Creatures, 2014 - Art: CHU

Toca Paper Creatures, 2014 - Art: CHU

Together with Argentinian artist CHU I designed this free-play cardboard toy in 2014. →

 Play Carpets, 2005

Play Carpets, 2005

 Toca Paper Creatures, 2014  - Art: CHU

Toca Paper Creatures, 2014  - Art: CHU

← I work with an Indian manufacturer to produce these woolen play carpets. I still take orders occasionally. 

 Play Carpets, 2005

Play Carpets, 2005

Local Activism

 Poster designed by Sarah Jensen and myself, 2010.

Poster designed by Sarah Jensen and myself, 2010.

Together with a small group of parents I created 2km loppis in 2010. A one day flea market that had 25.000 visitors the first year. It instantly became Sweden’s largest flea market and has been held yearly since.

Here is a rap song I recorded to promote the flea market. It's mostly in Swedish.   
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Educational Activism

 AlternativesToSchool.com logo by me, 2014

AlternativesToSchool.com logo by me, 2014

I am a founding member of the Alliance for Self-Directed Education, although in all honesty, there are about a dozen people who have done significantly more work than I. The organisation came out of AlternativesToSchool.com for which I did the logo and designed the website.  

In trying to get as many young people out from our current coercive educational system as possible I co-organized The Brooklyn School Alternatives Conference, held 2015 and 2016.

Companies

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I set up what became Timagine with Anna and Staffan Erlandsson in early 2010. Timagine makes applications for children with special communication needs.

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I helped Björn Jefferey and Emil Ovemar start Toca Boca, which became the world's largest kids app studio with 90 employees.

 

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With my partner Sarah Jensen I run Biff Niff, a kids app agency based in New York .