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An Interview about “Color Drops,” the New Flower Vases

4/24/2018 Interview, Products Eriko Fujitani 5 min read

“Color Drops,” the latest product line in the “Flower Vase” series is finally on sale. This is the 17th iteration of “Flower Vase,” and it features a pop design with paint colors seemingly dripping from the rim. We asked the duo behind KIGI, who was in charge of the art direction, about this line’s design. –The new line is called “Color Drops.” How did the…

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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….

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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…

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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….

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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…

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A Round-Table Discussion by Satoru Miyashita and KIGI at the 2017 ADC Gallery Exhibition

8/7/2017 Dialogue with Satoru Miyata, Editor's Blog, Interview Chi-na Lee 16 min read

“D-BROS at GINZA SIX” has won an ADC Member Award at the 2017 ADC Awards, which is regarded as the summit of Japan’s advertising and design fields. In commemoration of winning this award, a round-table discussion by Mr. Satoru Miyashita, and the members of KIGI, Mr. Ryosuke Uehara and Ms. Yoshie Watanabe was held last July 19th at the Ginza Graphic Gallery. We would like…

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The Life of a Designer, Vol. 6: Mr. Takuma Fukuzawa Tells us About His Everyday Life

6/21/2017 Interview, Takuma Fukuzawa Chi-na Lee 6 min read

In this series of “The Life of a Designer,” we ask DRAFT designers involved in the development of D-BROS products about their daily lives, in a Q&A format. We talked to Mr. Takuma Fukuzawa for the sixth volume in this series. –In this sixth volume, we would like to talk to Mr. Takuma Fukuzawa who worked on D-BROS’s “JUMP” animal calendar. Thank you for your…

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We Asked the Designer of the 2017 D-BROS Calendar “Typeface Calendar” About His Thoughts on the Calendar’s Production Process

2/14/2017 Interview, Kazuya Iwanaga, Products Eriko Fujitani 11 min read

The calendars in our classic Typeface Calendar series are simple calendars that utilize the beauty and characteristics of the typeface itself. Since the calendar’s launch in 2007, we’ve chosen a typeface each year to serve as that year’s calendar theme. For its tenth year, we’ve chosen the serif typeface Garamond, which is a classic example of an Old Roman font, to use in the 2017…

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The Life of a Designer, Vol. 5: Mr. Kazuya Iwanaga Tells us About His Everyday Life

2/1/2017 Interview, Kazuya Iwanaga Chi-na Lee 9 min read

In this series of “The Life of a Designer,” we ask DRAFT designers involved in the development of D-BROS products about their daily lives, in a Q&A format. In their answers to our simple questions, their daily lives are revealed. We talked to Mr. Kazuya Iwanaga for the fifth volume in this series. –In this fifth volume, we would like to talk to Mr. Kazuya…

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This is How I Use My Creator’s Diary (by the Sales Team)

12/21/2016 Editor's Blog, Interview, Products Eriko Fujitani 20 min read

One of D-BROS’s mainstay products, the accordion-type Creator’s Diary, is a commercial version of the diaries that our designers and producers actually used during the production process of past projects. Naturally, all DRAFT company employees use the Creator’s Diary, but their ways of using the diary differ. For this D-BROS MAGAZINE post, we asked how company employees use their diaries, how they organize their schedules,…