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.
- My First: Colophon and Sophie Mayanne talk about the themes of their book, Twenty-Two
- Patrick Kyle uses analogue and digital techniques in these pared-back illustrations
- Audrey Weber’s eccentrically enlarged figurative illustrations
- Hanne Berkaak’s deeply moving and sensitive animation tackling self-harm
- The Smudge: Clay Hickson and Liana Jegers launch publication in reaction to US presidential result
- Set designer Gary Card on the importance of being a chameleon
- Grope Sans: a very rude typeface by Bompas & Parr
- Japanese graphic designer Ryu Mieno creates type-heavy works fizzing with energy
- The reductive and exacting work of graphic designer Laura Prim
- Why creative education for advertising is stuck in the dark ages
- Leipzig-based graphic designer Anja Kaiser takes us through her portfolio
- Nicolas Jaar releases Network, a book inspired by radio