Studio Hato have been around in some guise or another since 2009, although they’ve only recently given themselves an official name. They’re the design branch of a multi-faceted organisation that also includes Hato Press (an exceptional Risographic print studio) and Hato Labo (a digital design and programming team) all based in north east London. Its founders, Jackson Lam and Ken Kirton, have been around since the very beginning, working away on a multitude of commercial projects behind the scenes, while the reputation of the press has grown.
Now though, they’re ready for a bit of the limelight and are making these various branches of their business distinct. As a result they’ve launched a brand new website for themselves that features a huge body of work from the past few years, for clients with serious cultural pedigree. They’ve worked with The British Council, The Hayward Gallery, Serpentine Gallery, Tate St Ives and The German Embassy on everything from print projects and exhibition design to website development and workshops, handling each stage of the process in-house by virtue of their affiliate digital studio and press.
For simplicity’s sake we’ve chosen their latest piece of work to feature here that demonstrates the extraordinary attention to detail for which Hato are well-known among their clients. Not only did they organise the workshops and design the publication themselves, they also re-drew an unfinished Arabic typeface by Eric Gill to use as the project font. Nice.
- Four illustrators have their works drawn by Joto at Here 2017
- David Lewandowski’s floppy rubber bodies take over the streets of Japan
- Ella Bucknall tackles the “boy’s club” of political cartooning in her new zine, Whip
- Anna Haifisch bends the rules of comics in new floppy and oversized book, Drifter
- Illustrator Jill Senft creates fun and whimsy with her cavalcade of pink characters
- White Flag project that is tackling global division and the “growing fear of the stranger”
- Alex Norris’ hilarious three-panelled webcomics are universally appealing
- Southbank Centre visual identity redesigned by North, to be a “confident masthead” for the institution
- The Buzzfeed redesign: UK art director Tim Lane talks us through his seven-month overhaul
- Fresh Yale grad Franci Virgili applies an academic approach to graphic design
- Instagram co-founder Mike Krieger on how to stand out
- Leipzig graphic design studio Lamm & Kirch on their shared ethos