MAMIMU (June Mineyama-Smithson) is a Japanese artist/graphic designer on a mission to inject optimism into the world.
I love uncovering delights from everyday life and turn them into bold joyful patterns.
My passion for colours and shapes started in my childhood in Tokyo. Through the groovy patterns of the late-70s to bright colours of the 80s, I was always surrounded by bold joyful things.
Believing in the optimistic idea that inspiration can be found everywhere, I’m always on the look for hidden delights in everyday landscapes and interpret the joy of discovery in my design. I am also inspired by the postmodern idea of remixing existing elements to create new context.
Commissions & Collaborations
I believe in magic of great collaboration. Get in touch if you are:
A brand looking to inject optimism into their campaign, products, packaging and more.
An agency looking for a fresh idea with bold visual. My background is branding in corporate and luxury sectors. Client list includes LVMH, Cathay Pacific and PwC.
A brand or an agency looking for insights in modern Japanese culture and art and design scene.
An individual looking to create a one-off gift or bespoke piece from an object or subject that is special to them.
Lectures & Podcasts
Get in touch for a talk, Podcast and interview.
– London College of Communication, UAL
– University of Leeds
– The Margate School
– Birmingham City University
– SCAD Hong Kong
– D&AD New Blood Festival
– Birmingham Design Festival
– YOOX Net-a-Porter Group, London
– Ladies, Wine & Design, Design Manchester
– ustwo, London
– New Designers: Colour in a Post Covid World
– Elmwood, London
– Shesays, London
– Pechakucha, Hong Kong
Hong Kong LEI ポップなトートバッグ「mamimu」誕生！(Japanese)
Jessica Hong Kong: 文青必看！一個tote bag 打天下 (Cantonese)