maru studio is an independent design office based in Kyoto. It was created in 2012 in London by Sophie Yamamoto, a French graphic designer.

Specialised in art direction and print publishing, we work either independently or with photographers, illustrators, editors, stylists to produce high-quality print publications.

What we’ve done:
– art direction and design of illustrated books and university brochures,
– art direction of photoshoot,
– design promotional material (business cards, logos, flyers and posters) for art events and shop opening,
– put together and manage a team of creatives for books,
– create illustrations.

What we can also do:
– create logo, signage and menu for restaurants, boutique hotels, guesthouses or small shops,
– put together a team and create a magazine (image, promotion)…

In all cases we help you ask yourself the right questions and support you throughout the project.

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Kyoto, Japan

Selection of clients

  • B.B. Hair
  • Blink
  • Dorling Kindersley Limited
  • Ebury Publishing
  • Hardie Grant
  • HarperCollins Publishers
  • Hokkaido University
  • Kyle Books
  • Kyoto University
  • Laurence King Publishing
  • Nobrow Press
  • Pavilion Books
  • Pop Press
  • RacePoint
  • Quarto Knows
  • Vermilion
  • Virgin Books
  • What on Earth Books
  • Whitefox