Our Mission
Building brands people love.
Iyashi is an award-winning brand studio in San Francisco— we craft company culture, core values, design systems and content for our clients.

Iyashi (Ee-ya-she) means “healing” in Japanese. For us, it’s a constant reminder to be honest, open and positive in everything we do— both internally and externally. We believe success is measured in how we treat individuals and our partners along the way. Basic notions like dignity and respect mean everything. We hope you agree. 

Iyashi + U

Head meets heart. 
We believe that emotion and function are not mutually exclusive but must work together for the most impact, connection and staying power. Technology for technology’s sake is pointless if it doesn’t address a true human need or desire. It’s just more noise. 

Dog and pony shows not allowed.
Most agencies have a presentation problem. That is, they have too many of them. As inspiring as Keynote slides can be we prefer to spend our time exploring ideas that will resonate outside glass conference rooms as well. We are into ideas that work, not busy work.  

Don’t dilute decisions. 
It’s an irrefutable law of business, the more people involved in a decision the more likely the result will be meh. So Iyashi always tries keep decision-making to the key players only. (Not that your ex mother-in-law doesn’t have some very valid opinions on branding.) 

It’s all about love. 
We want to build brands people hold close to their hearts-ours included. Achieving that requires empathy, humanity and a healthy dose of humility. We’ll always strive to treat our partners with respect and expect the same. No Kumbaya singalongs required.

Brand: mission+vision, core values, naming, market research, consumer insights, tone of voice, look+feel, identity system (logo, color-palette, typography, graphic system, photography, icon, illustration, motion), guidelines.
Content: Go-to-market strategy (acquisition, retention, influencer, royalty), art & editorial direction,
creative production, public relations, earned & paid media, media training.
Experience: service design, company culture, transformation, event & conference, way-finding & signage,  packaging, in-store, display.
Product: value proposition, customer journey mapping, UXUI, design system, websites & apps, e-commerce, rapid prototyping, interaction design, frontend development, usability testing.

Takashi Kusui 
Founder & Executive Creative Director 
With over 16 years of experience, Takashi Kusui is passionate about building cohesive brand to product experience as the core of his design ethos. 

He is the founder: art director, creative thinker and brand strategist behind Iyashi and has gained numerous accolades and successes working with a number of marquee brands including Target, Starbucks, Samsung, Uniqlo and Lyft.

Leaving Japan as a multi-disciplinary creative, he was invited to join Mother New York in 2007. During his tenure there, Mother New York was awarded ‘Agency of the Year’ in 2009 by Creativity (Ad Age). In 2012, he was invited to Silicon Valley to begin leading in-house creative teams.

Takashi’s admiration propelled him to take particular interest in becoming a part of modern history by taking active roles as "The Design Creative" behind a variety of start-up businesses and transformation of established companies.

Adam Parker
Executive Producer
Adam holds 16 years of experience working in creative production and managing studio operations for startups, Fortune 500 companies, and creative agencies. Specializing in photo and video production, his work spans fashion, design, tech, beauty, and high-volume e-commerce.

He recently spent five years as the Head of Creative Studio Operations, building the Levi Strauss photo studio in San Francisco - the first studio in the history of the 167 year old SF-based company. Building out the studio space, team, and operations, he was new studio technology & equipment, drafted strategy, and created scalable systems now being adopted industry-wide. 

Earlier in his career, Adam worked with several high-end photographers in LA and NYC where he gained extensive budgeting, artist, agency, and client relations expertise. Adam is a champion of creatives and he works to create space in any project for artists to do what they do best. 

Currently part of the team at Iyashi, a full service branding studio, Adam has also partnered with: Levi’s, Diageo, Squarespace, BitTorrent, American Express, Clinique, Wylie Dufresne, Price Waterhouse Cooper, BBDO, McCann, Mother, Gray, Estee Lauder, Kiehl’s and American Apparel.

Cedric Giese
Creative Director
“Never say die.”

It’s the credo Iyashi Creative Director, Cedric Giese, lives by. Whether he’s working on a national campaign launch for a famous brand  or a pro-bono project for a local charity, Cedric puts his heart and soul into everything he does.

Over the last 20 years, Cedric’s work has received  recognition by the likes of the One Show, Communication Arts Annual, Art Director’s Annual  and others. His past client roster includes brand work for Casper mattresses, Microsoft, UPS, Walmart, Saab, X-Games, Pizza Hut- just to name a few.