Okido – where science and art meet


What do science experiments, budding artists, cute retro-inspired cartoon creatures and a touch of Japanese zakka have in common? The answer is Okido magazine. Okido is an unlikely mix of science and art, aimed at children three to seven years old and is probably one of the most exciting and innovative concepts for children I’ve ever seen.

Okido is the brainchild of multimedia designer and scientist, Sophie Dauvois and illustrator Rachel Ortas who saw an opportunity to stimulate science ideas through beautiful art and illustrations and encourage play and experimentation. Okido is illustrated by a number of contributing contemporary artists and designers and features some very lovable regular characters including Messy Monster, Squirrel Boy, Yoga Monkey and Zim Zam Zoom.

The magazine is published every three months and each edition focuses on a particular theme. For example, past issues have examined muscles, germs, microscopic things, the brain, dreams, food, digestion, growing and day and night. The latest issue is all about the moon.

As someone who has essentially a science background, I think that giving science a design aesthetic is simply brilliant and combining both for children is pure genius.

International subscriptions are £30.

Katrina Whelen

Katrina studied planning and design, did the hard yards working in a big office building and then traded it all in for a relaxing (!) life at home with four children. She now fills her time with writing, completing a degree in genetics and taxiing her children around Melbourne to their various sporting commitments (not necessarily in that order).

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