About HG

We’re an award-winning creative studio from the island of Cebu. We started in a little garage lent to us by kind folks who believed in us. We still start most of our projects in this same place with people of all shapes and sizes who come together to share with us their ideas, their passions and their stories.


We want to create beautiful things that people can connect with, the kind of work that can be done in a small island in the south Pacific yet travel to someone across oceans and still be meaningful.


We are inspired by everyday people, heroes and monsters, by the things that all of us hope for and the things that we fear. We are inspired by dreams,  joy, madness, and the things that we love.

"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


- Society of Illustrators, Los Angeles – Gold Award (2011)

- Society of Illustrators, Los Angeles – Certificate of Merit (2010, 2013)

- 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)



Creative Direction

Art Direction



Graphic Design


Sculpture & Installation

The Four Seasons Hotel in Marrakesh

Raffles Praslin Seychelles

Raffles Residences Makati

Kingdom Hotel Investments

Moevenpick Hotel Ghana

Electronic Arts

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



Folk Fiction

Barrio Peligro

The Land of Flying People

The Weekend

Barista Club

Co-founded an outfit that organizes events and promotes activities centered around storytelling, writing and art in Cebu City.

We publish comic books, illustrated material, short stories and toys that is inspired by life and lore in the islands.

Our lifestyle brand: creating products that celebrate friendship, travel and imagination.

A community project aimed at encouraging people to drink better coffee. Offers artisan brewing workshops and access to specialty beans.

Geeks on a Beach

Creative direction for an annual conference on startups, technology and design. Organized by TechTalks.ph.


Johanna Velasco Deutsch

Mark Joseph Deutsch

Gilbert Chua

Ryan Anin

Mar Go

Mark Tesch

Danielle Sy

Carlo Codamus

Co-Founder, Happy Garaje

Creative Director, Happy Garaje

Art Direction, Illustration, Graphic Design

Confederate, Happy Garaje

Art Direction, Illustration, Graphic Design

Web & Mobile Development

Partner, Happy Garaje

Brand Development, Land of Flying People

Photography, Writing, Graphic Design

Co-Founder, Happy Garaje

Creative Director, Barrio Peligro

Art Direction, Illustration, Writing

Illustration, Graphic Design

Confederate, Happy Garaje

Special Adviser - Tech & Mobile Projects

Cheerer Upper

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