(from Greek ὑφή, huphḗ, "web) Hyphae are long tubular branching structures of a fungus. In most fungi, hyphae are the main mode of vegetative growth, and are collectively called a mycelium (Source: Wikipedia)


Hyphae are responsible for nutrient absorption and growth, playing a key role in the nutrient cycle which sees fungi as the decomposers and recyclers of organic matter that could not otherwise be absorbed by living creatures.

Aren’t Hyphae cool? Our love for biomimicry09 has inspired us to borrow their name for our design initiative as we feel it symbolises what we aspire to achieve with our work rather well. Let us explain.

At Hyphae we aim to explore and apply sustainable design practises which reduce — whenever possible — the impact of design products on the planet. From optimisation through minimalism and modularity to designing with the product’s end of life in mind, we are exploring different ways to deliver high quality designs that support growth without taking a toll on natural resources.

Hyphae in pictures

Hyphae is a young design initiative focused on earth-friendly visual design05 and led by Chiara Mensa, a freelance web and graphic designer currently based in Bristol, UK. We are able to provide sustainable design solutions within branding, digital, print and graphic design. Depending on the complexity of the project, we sometimes rely on a network of collaborators to deliver the right solution on a project by project basis.

Hyphae in a nutshell

Who we are
What we're about
Who we aren't
Independent designers
We deliver branding, web & graphic design and can provide advice on sustainable strategies
A full-service agency
Tech-savvy creatives
We know our way around a computer, but our strengths are creativity, big-picture thinking and design
Web Developers or Tech Advisors
We wish to focus our creative efforts towards sustainable, ethical and conservation projects
Mindless pixel-pushers
We don't design blind — we like briefs, do our research and aim for content-driven design
Fans of improv
We've got 5+ years of design agency experience handling projects across different sectors
Free labour
Good communicators
We value transparent project communication and whether it's through words or visuals, we get the message across
Copywriters, SEO or Marketing specialists

Our goal is to work with people busy doing good through their business, initiative or research. This brings us to focus on specific fields such as conservation, sustainability, animal welfare, climate action and ethical consumerism. We'll happily take on projects outside of these areas, however we do ask you consider opting for sustainable solutions that fit your brief over traditional ones.