Yuko Kondo is an illustrator, art director and film director based in London. Yuko graduated from the Royal College of Art with an MA(hons) in Communication Art and Design. For his vibrant and intelligent work, Yuko is in demand with major brands and creatives world wide. He has built up an impressive client base including companies such as Microsoft, Nike, Play Station, Coca Cola, Converse, LEE jeans, Doritos, and many more. Yuko’s aim is to entertain the viewer through his work, making bold use of colour, pattern and a distinct repertoire of surreal and often darkly humorous characters.His first book ‘Too Fat Can’t Fly’ was published though Pocko/Gingko. Yuko participated in many exhibitions across Europe, USA and Japan, with his first solo show taking place in London in 2009. In 2012 Yuko launched a design company called ”Land Ahoy Design” with his business partner Ryuhei Nakadai in London.
2003年にロンドンのRCA(Royal College of Art)大学院を卒業。グラフィックを学んた後にイラストレーションを活かしたデザイン、アートディレクションをするフリーのイラストレーター、アートディレクター、デザイナーとしてロンドンを拠点に活動する。得意とするキャラクターや構成力は日本の文化に影響を受けた印象もあるが、異国の雰囲気を醸しだしており色の使用方法も独特。繊細なからも解りやすい表現で数々のコマーシャルワーク(マイクロソフト、ナイキ、プレイステーション、コカコーラ、コンバース、Leeジーンズ、ドリトス、などなど)をこなしている。アートディレクターとしてデサインから全てを手掛けられる、作品としての完成度も高く、数々の受賞歴やジャンルレスな取り上けられ方がそれを証明している。映像も含め、イメージに捕らわれない幅広い表現に期待が集まる。
2012年より中䑓隆平と共にLand Ahoy Designを設立。
Land Ahoyはロンドンを拠点とした、ブランディング、アートディレクション、グラフィックデザイン、映像、デジタルメディア(ウェブ・インスタレーション)からキャラクターデザインまで、両者の経験と創造力を活かし、文化や表現の枠を超えたクリエイティブ事業を行っています。
Client list
Microsoft Windows 7, Playstation Portable, Playstation, PS3 (Little Big Planet), Nike, Coca Cola, Lee Jeans, Converse, Levis, Virgin Mobile USA, Orange, Vodafone, hoyu, Good energy, Doritos, Covent Garden, European Union, New York City, Don’t Panic, Eurostar, TGV, Rail Europe, Smart car, International Feel Recording, Glasgow Underground Recording, Virgin Records, Merrydown, Uniqlo, Vans, Puma, Paul Smith, Swash, Sibling, Creative Partnerships, Ageha, etc

Magazine and Publishing
Bloomberg Businessweek, Milk Magazine, The Red Bulliten, Dazed & Confusd JP, Complex Magazine USA, John Brown Citrus Publishing, Random House, Specail Ten, Art Review, Observer Music Magazine, Pocko, Wall Paper, Illustrated Ape, Three Magazine, Figaro Japon, Jockey Slut, Sleazenation, Time Out UK, National Readership Surveys, Creative Review, Gas Magazine, Metro Minis

Award
2013: ‘Pentawards 2013’ Body category: Silver Prize
2006: ‘D&AD 2006’ nominated
2003: ‘PARALLEL Prize’ First Prize at Royal College of Art
2003: ‘Sleazenation Illustration Competition’ First Prize
2000: ‘Paul Smith Window display’ First Prize

Exhibition
2010: ‘Leeberassion’ Lee Jeans China and my collaboration event in Hong Kong and Beijing
2009: ‘Forever Blue’ Levis organizes AIDS campaign in Tokyo
2009: ‘Land Ahoy’ Solo show in London
2009: ‘Gifted 2009’ charity auction for Teenage Cancer Trust and Kids Co in London
2008: ‘Dai-Kiki-Ten’ Group show in Tokyo
2006: ‘Lucid Union’ Group show in London
2005: ‘Customize Me’ Customize shoes for VANS in Barcelona
2005: ‘Drama Magazine’ Group show in New York
2004: ‘Three Magazine and Spunky’ Wall paint in London
2004: ‘Magma’ Pocko People Show in London
2004: ‘Tokyo London 04’ Live Painting at Ageha in Tokyo
2004: ‘Mid West’ January Show in Tokyo
2004: ‘Sophie Dare Galleries’ January Opening show
2003: ‘Manchester Art Festival’ Live painting
2003: ’M+R’ Wall paint
2003: ‘Mask 2003’ Swash & Yuko Kondo collaboration show
2003: ‘Santa Ghetto’ Paint for PUMA shoes and bag