Cooper Joins Forces With Yu: Talent

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Influential designer Kyle Cooper has exited Imaginary Forces, the company he co-founded, to pursue other creative opportunities, including more live-action directing in features and commercials. Cooper, known for his groundbreaking film titles work on feature films like Seven and, more recently, Spider-Man, Dreamcatcher and Identity, has joined longtime friend and collaborator Garson Yu at L.A.-based design shop Yu + Co. Yu and Cooper will likely become partners in the company, which has worked mainly in film titles and commercial graphic design. (IF, meanwhile, continues under the leaderhip of co-founders Chip Houghton and Peter Frankfurt.)

Cooper says the move was driven by his desire to pursue creative avenues at a smaller company where he would able to focus exclusively on the work. Cooper and Yu have been friends since their college days at Yale, and they've collaborated on film titles projects like Twister and Joy Luck Club. "We trust each other creatively," says Cooper of his new partner. "We want to figure out what the next thing is." While Yu + Co. will continue its film titles work - the company is currently designing the opening for Ang Lee's The Hulk - Yu and Cooper will also pursue content projects; Cooper is currently developing a feature film and a videogame. Says Yu, "We want to combine forces to make something different. We want to develop some new languages and we hope that we'll inspire other designers to collaborate with us." Seen here: Cooper's work for Julie Taymor's Titus.

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