We catch up with Paris-based studio Zoo on a year evolving and nourishing its practice

It was after the three of them met while attending different schools in Paris, Strasbourg and Rotterdam that they came to form such a collaborative and forward-thinking studio in 2014. They’d all initially worked in various renowned agencies in each country before joining forces in Paris, with Marine Stephan joining the cohort in 2018 as the editorial and type designer. “Many young talents have gone through the agency since the beginning,” says Julie. “It is a real desire on our part to increase collaborations according to the projects – graphic designers, type designers, illustrators and photographers.” So, for the last seven years, the studio has been working intensively on a plethora of projects, and in all honesty, they’ve had little time off and have become quite exhausted. “The crisis has forced us to take a step back from all this and review our development strategy,” Julie says.
Transitioning into a more global mindset, Zoo now strives to take on a broader mix of projects, whether that’s brand identities, rebrands or collaborations in the world of culture. As such, the team has gone on to develop two large and notable projects over the last year including a campaign for a contemporary art exhibition with the EDF Group Foundation, as well as the development of the visual identity for the National Renaissance Museum, located in the Château d’Écouen, north of Paris. What’s more, Zoo has continued its steady and proficient editorial design work, dabbling in art books, collections, magazines and reviews. “We always want to push projects further by developing more unique, precise, efficient and sustainable communication tools and strategies,” continues Baptiste, “always taking into account current issues – economy of means, ecological awareness and a sustainable approach.”
Zoo continuously pops up on It’s Nice That, and with good reason. The Paris-based studio – founded by Baptiste de l’Espinay, Julie Galand and Valentine Thébeaut – has long impressed with its mix of print, websites, signage and various other intelligent (and well-executed) outputs. Just over a year ago, the studio also released a global rebrand and editorial system for La Lettre de Musician, a monthly music magazine complete with an updated, fresh and dynamic identity. “Since then,” Baptiste tells It’s Nice That, “we’ve worked on some new and interesting projects, most of them have been impacted by the health crisis, delayed or cancelled, and deadlines have been (very) extended. Like many people, it has completely changed the way we work. But business seems to be picking up over the last few months.”