Having fun with art, design & words.
It all started back in 2003 from the basement of our first shop, paying our mates with beer to pack card orders. We were called ‘Urban Graphic’ back then and were a small team who shared a love of words and design.
We had this eclectic mixed-up background of fine art, publishing, literature and retail. We launched ‘Scrawl’, a genre defining card range that scooped up a prestigious design award in our second year. Its success was a winning combination of words and design with a large pinch of retail understanding.
This was the era of the ‘street art explosion’ and Bristol was the place to be. It was spearheaded by the likes of Banksy and gave street art a deserved place in art collections the world over. Bristol is now the site of ‘Upfest’, the biggest street art festival in Europe.
Arty, culture loving & skilled.
Bristol culture fed into our work and we had a reputation as experts in delivering the freshest designs, taking our inspiration from local graffiti, British fashion trends and the latest in global art. Our skill in U Studio was delivering cool design in an accessible way with our trademark sense of humour.
We are now a bigger team of arty, culture loving, skilled people. We have an in-house team of illustrators and designers, but we also work with the some of the brightest and best artists from all over the world.
We have grown over the last 20 years to become a trend leader in our field. We have been shortlisted for 3 UK Gift of the Year Awards in 2019 and have also won many design awards in the greeting card sector.
We supply top British, design-led indie boutiques and select high-end retailers including the V&A, Selfridges&Co, English Heritage, Urban Outfitters and the Tate Modern to name a few.
All the inky goodness.
The product mix has now expanded into giftware, wrapping paper and screen prints. but we follow the same ethos throughout - sometimes playful, sometimes beautiful; always well designed and well presented.
Our screen print collection is professionally hand printed locally in short runs of 100 per design. It features some of our favourite artwork by our favourite people, all ready to frame in a standard 40x50cm size.
Going back to our roots.
A few years ago we decided to return to our roots, opening a beautiful bricks and mortar store on Queen’s Road in Bristol, along with a direct-to-public webshop. We are now on our second Bristol store, with possible plans for global domination but more likely just a few lovely shops in lovely places with lovely staff and lovely customers.
As well as (obviously) selling U Studio products our shops also stock a selection of giftware from suppliers that share our passion for great design, imagination, and a healthy dose of quirk.
Most of our shop staff (hi Emily! hey Jake! hello Daisy! halloo Ralph!) lead double lives as freelance creatives, which wasn’t really intentional but makes the shop a vibrant and exciting place to work (and luckily our customers seem to quite like us too!)
If you are in Bristol then please do pop in, we would love to see you (and if you have a dog then Jake would love to meet it!)