Krakkaráð ÞYKJÓ

An umbrella for ÞYKJÓ's collaboration with kids.

In the summer of 2021 Þykjó officially founded their KRAKKARÁÐ ÞYKJÓ, translating as “ÞYKJÓ's kids consulting panel”. Krakkaráð honors the 12th article of Convention on the Rights of the Child, ensuring that grown-ups listen to children’s voices and respect their views.

During the research and development phases of each project, ÞYKJÓ's designers consult with an array of specialists from a broad range of fields, from biologists to pedagogues to craft makers. Krakkaráð is a way to empower kids as our smallest yet most important specialists. This is why we thought it crucial to design a logo for Krakkaráð to further give it agency - as a visual way to represent them equally to our adult collaborators.

Krakkaráð is ever changing - as is the nature of childhood as a transitional phase. Kids pass through - some for one ÞYKJÓ project, others for more than one project. The panel varies in size and age range based on each project, often we work with school groups or kindergartens, other times with individuals or families. We see Krakkaráð akin to a choir, the members might change, but it is a platform for kids to express themselves and have their voices heard.

Article 31 of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child:
The right to relax and play

1. States Parties recognize the right of the child to rest and leisure, to engage in play and recreational activities appropriate to the age of the child and to participate freely in cultural life and the arts.

2. States Parties shall respect and promote the right of the child to participate fully in cultural and artistic life and shall encourage the provision of appropriate and equal opportunities for cultural, artistic, recreational and leisure activity

Hljóðhimnar

In July we invited over 100 children at the age of 5-7 to Harpa and take part in workshops to explore the magic of sound with the designers in ÞYKJÓ and Vísindasmiðjan educational science lab. We explored the science behind soundwaves, how they move the air - and how music moves us. The collaboration and conversation with the children is the foundation on which ÞYKJÓ's design work for Hljóðhimnar is subsequently based.

Hljóðhimnar

In July we invited over 100 children at the age of 5-7 to Harpa and take part in workshops to explore the magic of sound with the designers in ÞYKJÓ and Vísindasmiðjan educational science lab. We explored the science behind soundwaves, how they move the air - and how music moves us. The collaboration and conversation with the children is the foundation on which ÞYKJÓ's design work for Hljóðhimnar is subsequently based.