The Meanings in Kamon

2/9/2018 Editor's Blog, Products Eriko Fujitani 7 min read

Kamon, or family crests, have been used since ancient times to indicate lineage and social status. Originally, in order to distinguish oneself from other people of the same clan, that person would create his own trade name using the name of his land, etc. which became his last name later on. As of this year, it is said that approximately 20,000 kamon exist. Did you…


We Have Begun Offering a “Kamon Imprinting Service” at our GINZA SIX Store

1/30/2018 Information Eriko Fujitani 3 min read

We opened our store at GINZA SIX as a way of handing down Japan’s traditional crafts to future generations. In this light, we as graphic designers conceptualized our kamon (family crest) line with the desire to pass on beautiful kamon, which is said to be the origin of graphic design in Japan, to succeeding generations. Since ancient times, kamon was proudly handed down as a…


Part 7 of a Dialogue with Satoru Miyata: Handing Down the 24 Terms of the Solar Year

12/21/2017 Akiko Sekimoto, Dialogue with Satoru Miyata, Interview, Products Eriko Fujitani 14 min read

Our popular “24 Terms of the Solar Year Calendar” was created based on a new theme which we at D-BROS have never used before. Why did we pick the 24 terms of the solar year at this point in time? What did we want to convey using a calendar? We present a dialogue between Akiko Sekimoto, the designer of the calendar, and Mr. Satoru Miyata….


Interview with the Designer of “Memory”: “I Want this to be Something that Means Something to Someone”

12/14/2017 Interview, Products Eriko Fujitani 6 min read

A Calendar That Dreams Up Stories -How did you conceptualize the 2018 calendar “Memory?” Recently, I’ve been wanting to paint pictures in watercolor, because it’s been a while since the 2014 calendar “Dear Bear” which was also done in watercolor. ▼2014 calendar “Dear Bear” -The vibe of the art materials is rather different. That’s right. I also wanted to mix photos and pictures, but I wasn’t…


Interview with the Designers of the 2018 D-BROS Typeface Calendar: Aiming for a Design where Nothing Feels Out of Place

11/28/2017 Interview, Kazuya Iwanaga, Products, Ren Yamakawa Eriko Fujitani 10 min read

D-BROS’ “Typeface Calendar” is a series of calendars utilizing the beauty and special characteristics of typefaces. Each year, a typeface is chosen for that year’s theme, and for 2018, the typeface chosen was “Avant Garde.” At first glance, the calendar might look plain and simple but in reality, it’s chock-full of meticulous details that can only come from a design company. We spoke to Mr….


A Book Borne Out of a Wondrous Coincidence

11/8/2017 Designer's Blog, Kenichi Tanaka Kenichi Tanaka 2 min read

A book arrived the other day. I’ve almost forgotten about it because it’s almost been two years ago. I remember that a German publisher called Cass Verlag called, and they asked if they could use a travel picture in my website as a book cover. The book has been completed with my photo on the cover, so they sent me a copy. This publisher mainly…


Foreign Things

11/1/2017 Designer's Blog, Hiroka Osada Hiroka Osada 3 min read

Hello, I am the designer Hiroka Osada. I was thinking it would be great if I could travel abroad again this year, when I glanced upon books and things I bought overseas. Today I’d like to share some of my favorite things that I’ve bought abroad. A Notebook I Bought in Thailand This is a notebook made by a young Thai artist that I bought…


1. 2. FREE !

10/27/2017 Aya Iida, Designer's Blog Aya Iida 2 min read

I was in charge of the visual poster for our 2018 D-BROS calendars. Today I’d like to talk about the theme and design of this poster. As a new undertaking for D-BROS, we opened a new store at GINZA SIX centered on traditional crafts, thus a poster such as this happened. In the craft industry, shipments from craft-producing areas are only a fifth of the…


Interview with the Designers of the 2018 D-BROS Calendar “I Want To Be…”

10/25/2017 Arisa Okada, Interview, Products, Takuma Fukuzawa Eriko Fujitani 7 min read

A calendar that you can enjoy each and every day – The calendar this year has stickers you can you attach to the calendar, right? Fukuzawa: That’s right. Our goal was to make a fun calendar that’s very D-BROS, and one where our customers can participate in. – What was the design theme? Okada: This time, the theme was “transformation.” A polar bear becomes a…


A Penchant for Collecting Things

10/3/2017 Designer's Blog, Jun Saito Jun Saito 5 min read

There are things that I take pictures of because they’re just wonderful, and collect a lot of because I fall in love with them at first sight. These things are educational toys. Today I’d like to share with you the toys that I’ve found during my travels, and even some that I’ve bought in Japan. “Bauspiel” by Bauhaus I fell in love with this the…