HATO is a studio, publishing house, and concept store. It develops design through various mediums, including production, play, and participation.
It creates brands, digital products, campaigns, and more with clients, transforming the narrative of their practice through technology, design thinking, and strategy.
Founded in 2009 by Kenjiro Kirton and Jackson Lam the studio started as a small design practice experimenting with various production techniques.
This led the duo to buy a second-hand Risograph printer.
The team encourages each other to explore new practices and fields of learning.
Each new brief, project, or connection is an opportunity to expand the studio's understanding of the world to develop better ways of working together.
You can see more of HATO's explorations and work in progress as and when it happens here.
Working within a culture and collaborating with artists, organisations, and brands who carry similar values has driven HATO’s practice for over a decade.
The goal is ultimately to connect a genuine community, leaving a legacy that adds value and a strong foundation to grow from.
HATO has a strong connection to food and culture and has developed projects like Cooking with Scorsese and Studio Cookbook as internal projects that allow the team to explore the ideas they love and are curious about.
HATO Do is a yearly incentive for the team to develop skills outside or inside of their work interests, for example, a small fund for courses, materials, and learning.
HATO’s team is made up of various levels of skills, however, most of the team has been with the studio since graduating or from a junior level.