“If upon hearing this graphic design duo’s name you envision a series of smile-inducing fanciful works of art replete with childlike wonder and memories of halcyon days spent in the embrace of the Philippine sun, then you would have captured the essence of Happy Garaje”

BluPrint Magazine on Johanna & Mark
20 Outstanding Young Filipino Designers Under 40

Happy Garaje is the art and design studio of Johanna Velasco and Mark Deutsch. It was founded in 2009 and also includes associate artist Karina Cuizon who joined in 2015.

They are based in the island of Cebu, Philippines and their creative work can be seen across the fields of graphic design, illustration, gallery work, production design and picture books.

The Society of Illustrators in Los Angeles has given them the Gold Award. The advertising index Luerzer’s Archive in Europe has included them in the list of 200 Best Illustrators Worldwide for the years 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012. Their work has been featured in notable publications such as Communication Arts, Semi-Permanent, Australia, BluPrint magazine, among others.

Happy Garaje is inspired by everyday people, heroes, monsters, joy and madness, hopes and dreams, and the in-between places where things are not quite what they seem.









  • Communication Arts, Award of Excellence for Illustration
  • Society of Illustrators, Los Angeles – Gold Award (2011)
  • Society of Illustrators, Los Angeles – Certificate of Merit (2010, 2013, 2014)
  • Luerzer’s Archive 200 Best Illustrators Worldwide (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012)
  • Bluprint Magazine: 20 Outstanding Young Filipino Designers Under 40
  • ASEAN: commendation for contributions in Graphic Art when Cebu City received the distinction of ‘City of Culture’
  • Semi Permanent Book 2010, Vol. 2
  • Exhibition of Poster Work at Tokyo Designers Week 2008
  • Merit of Excellence for Digital Design – Dept. of Science & Tech (Phil.)
  • Adobe Digital Imaging Competition (3rd of 3000+)
  • Philippine Graphic/Fiction Awards, Finalist (Judged by Neil Gaiman)


Branding & Creative Direction
Art Direction

Ui/Ux Design
Graphic Design
Sculpture & Installation


bein Sports – Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia
Disney Asia
Four Seasons Hotel in Marrakesh
Raffles Praslin Seychelles
Raffles Residences Makati
Kingdom Hotel Investments
Moevenpick Hotel Ghana
Mead Johnson (USA)

Bank of the Philippine Islands
Ayala Land
Asian Institute of Management
Titay’s Liloan
The Dolphin Browser
Geeks on a Beach
Cebu Literary Festival