Magazine article Eye : The International Review of Graphic Design

Berlin Snapshots: Toby Cornish

Magazine article Eye : The International Review of Graphic Design

Berlin Snapshots: Toby Cornish

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Jutojo

Jutojo was formed by three bi-nationals: Johannes Braun (half- Finnish half-German), Julie Gayard (half-French half-German) and Toby Cornish (half-English half-German). Cornish moved there from London in the late 1990s, first working on visuals in clubs with Johannes and Julie (who was already doing record sleeves for Jazzanova and their Sonar Kollektiv label).

How does Berlin differ from other cities?

Toby Cornish Space - living and studio spaces are available at low prices that mean one doesn't have to work so hard that there's no time to enjoy the city. On the downside, the city can be a bit too sleepy, with too many people just hanging out drinking coffee all day. A sense of urgency is missing.

Sometimes one has to remind oneself what Berlin offers in comparison to other cities. The positive and negative sides of the city are connected. The city is more or less bankrupt and has for years been supported by income from the rest of Germany. There is no business centre or large companies with offices here - no commuters and no 'city'.

Germany is still very decentralised. While there are some new technology industries in Berlin, most of the money in Germany is elsewhere - Hamburg, Cologne, Frankfurt or Munich. …

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