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Studio MURO

November 2019

The team at Studio MURO caught up with us recently to chat about working out of Marseille and how community feel impacts their work; the way studio life can be a rollercoaster of busy and quiet periods, and how teaching design students allows for a great blend of ideas between teachers and students. They also share their side project that connects them with illustrators from around the world - just hit them up on Instagram to join in!

Give us the elevator pitch on what you do.

We are Studio MURO, a dynamic graphic design duo, working on visual identities, editorial and exhibition design, mainly in the cultural and artistic field. We love to play with colours, typography and illustrations in every print or web project. For us, every project is a new graphic world to imagine and play with.

What are some of the best and worst parts of your job, day-to-day?

Our work sometimes really feels like a rollercoaster. Our day-to-day can be very different in terms of rhythm from one month to another.

This lack of regularity is both a good and a bad aspect of our job. When we are in a time of intensive work, it is very exciting but it is also exhausting as there are so many projects to deal with and different universes to create. Our brain is boiling with a lot of ideas and the studio is upside down. There is a lot of good energy wich comes to the surface of that turmult. And right after that a very quiet period starts. We don't really know how long it will last. Then emails come thick and fast again and the phone rings... And here we go again!

How does the local culture of where you live affect your design work and getting clients ?

We work in Marseille, a nice city in south of France. People there are really friendly and talk a lot. Some of our clients live really close to our studio. One day they noticed the front window and came talk to us about their project over a cup of tea or coffee. Even if the city is not small, you often meet people you know in the street who introduce you to some new people and so on. You can meet and talk with people easily, so the relationship with clients from our city is more relaxed and friendly. But of course, we also work with clients from other regions or countries such as the UK, Spain or Switzerland.

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We like the fact that their practice and ours can blend together and feed each other.

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Are you involved in any mentoring/teaching/workshops and if so how does it shape your practice?

We teach editorial design for a graphic design school once a week. It is a good break in the rhythm of our studio practice, we can step aside for one day. We really like discussions we have with students about graphic issues. We can see what the tastes of young people are nowadays and who their favorite designers or studios are. We exchange and share our knowledge and references, and sometimes we can discover new things from them. We like the fact that their practice and ours can blend together and feed each other.

Any passion projects/collabs you would like to share ?

We really love printed objects and editorial design. We publish personal projects we designed. One of our last project is the magazine Palimpseste. The magazine gathers 10 visual artists around a well known theme of classical painting to interpret it in a contemporary way. Our last issue was about the myth of Echo and Narcissus. We are very pleased to work with contemporary illustrators and to see their interpretations. It's a biannual publication for which we do a call for participation through our instagram account and we accept submissions from all around the world!

2019 for you in a sentence.

A good year full of new projects, fun and sun!

Website: studiomuro.com

Instagram: @studio_muro

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