Notebooks for creative minds, toys for big boys — and girls.

FOR CREATIVE MINDS

A London based design studio with a digital focus and a multidisciplinary skillset

 

We create brands, websites, campaigns, design systems, illustrations, typefaces and strategies alongside of a product line of stationery and toys.

But we didn’t start off this way.

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Sept ‘12

Muk Design was founded as a passion project of Elif Gürbüz. After graduating from architecture school, Elif started her career to become a curator, which she left to start her own design practice, Muk. Simultaneously, she developed an interest in bookbinding and started designing books and creating Muk’s first line of hand made notebooks.

The book that inspired her to start Muk was Ester K Smith’s How To Make Books.

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ORIGINALLY A BOUTIQUE STUDIO, MUK WAS OFTEN COMMISSIONED FOR DESIGNING BOOKS, SPECIFICALLY STATIONERY COLLECTIONS FOR EXHIBITIONS, BRANDS AND EVENTS.

 
 
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2012 — ‘17

As Muk grew as a brand, so did its capabilities. Within 5 years, Muk has spread around the world and were sold across top design stores. In the meantime, Muk have collaborated with artists and designers, some of which being long-time idols, and created online campaigns and special edition collections. This helped grow Muk’s network of like minded creatives.

 
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MUK ALSO WORKED WITH BUSINESSES, SPECIALISING IN ART AND CULTURAL INSTITUTIONS, CREATING VISUAL IDENTITIES AND SOCIAL CAMPAIGNS.

 
 
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ON ITS 5TH BIRTHDAY, MUK MOVED ITS HEADQUARTERS TO LONDON.

 

Sept ‘17

Celebrating its expansion, Muk reinvented itself with a brand refresh and launched a new product line that targets creatives of London. Muk's official launch took place as part of the London Design Festival, on 21st September 2017 in East London.

 
 
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2017 – ‘19

Since moving to London, Muk shifted its focus to digital. Combining years of learnings of running Muk with a digital skillset and a love for communication Muk now helps businesses reach their audience with art and impact. We’ve also participated and exhibited in international design events, like OFFF in Barcelona and Renegade in London.

 
 

MUK’S MISSION IS TO USE VISUAL COMMUNICATION, SOCIAL TRENDS AND THE INTERNET TO DESIGN FOR CREATIVE MINDS AND SHAPE CULTURE.

We’re constantly transformed by the changing cultures and technologies and we’re excited to see where it’ll take us next.

 
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Elif Gürbüz
Founder/Creative Director

Elif Gürbüz is a London-based designer and creative director. She has gained experience in print and digital design with some of the top design agencies in London, including Barnbrook, and for clients including Financial Times, Art Basel, Thames & Hudson, Fortnum and Mason and Saatchi Gallery.

Elif holds a Masters degree in Communication Design from Central Saint Martins, 2015 and a Bachelor degree in Architecture, 2011.

Elif is also a big fan of Seinfeld, sunrise raves and not killing her plants.

 

Let’s work together!

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