Studio Yukiko plans to keep on “surprising people” with its diverse and experimental graphic design

In another note, the studio has released a cultural identity project for OÖ, a group of 14 museums and cultural spaces in Austria. A large project indeed, the studio was tasked with bringing together all of the institutions into a succinct visual language – one that would present itself nicely and recognisably across exhibition identities, graphics, web, social media, magazines, books, programmes and more. It took three years to complete in total, with the result amassing to an eye-catching display of photographic posters, cut-out shapes and clunky, WordArt-esque typefaces paired with clean, legible fonts. When kicking off this brief, the team started with the “simple idea” of working with the OÖ circles – “rotated to prefix the individual spaces and deconstructing these circles to create scaffolding for all its various space and diverse visual content,” says Michelle. Then, bespoke identities for each special exhibition were created in order to let the artist’s work sing through its space-conscious grids and colour-blocked backgrounds.

Clearly, there’s no project too big for Studio Yukiko, nor one too varied. The team enjoy pushing themselves to their limits, and this has become evident throughout its expansive and experimental portfolio sprinkled with unusual compositions, creative formats and unique typefaces. “Building concepts and ideas for brands and cultural institutions alike has always been a great pleasure,” says Johannes. “Building concepts with a cheeky twist is an even greater pleasure.” We can expect much more of the same for the studio in the near future, as it plans to continue “surprising people”, or at least make them smile. Driving the Human will be its next venture – a research project aiming to build more sustainable and collective futures, soon to be showcased later on this year – plus the next issue of Flaneur Magazine in Paris. Keep your eyes peeled!

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