How to set up a successful design studio

If one message recurred during OFFF 2015, Barcelona's world-famous creativity festival, it's that launching and running a successful design studio takes passion, dedication and a lot of hard work.

As Johannes Conrad and Michelle Phillips of Studio Yukiko told the audience on the first day: if you want it, you have to make it happen. "We moved to Berlin because we wanted to be free," the pair explained. "But after the euphoria you realise that actually you have nothing: no clients, no budgets, no work."

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