Google is reportedly paying $2 million a year to hire a design studio to develop “design-oriented” projects and work on the next generation of its products.
Sources familiar with the matter told The Wall Street Journal that the Google Design Studio will produce design templates for the Google Maps, Android, and Google+ apps.
Google has previously said that the team would be responsible for producing the templates and working on design concepts for them.
The Google Design Studios will be headed up by CEO Sundar Pichai, the Journal reported.
The report comes amid Google’s continued investment in the design community, with Google’s recently announced $1 billion acquisition of designer Misha Gligorovich’s company, Creative Design Group.
Gligorich, who was the former chief executive of the designer Bertrand Russel, will now oversee the design studio and will be responsible to ensure that the company’s designs are well-designed and visually appealing.