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The Life of a Designer, Vol. 2: Ms. Asako Koyama Tells us About Her Everyday Life

6/8/2016 Interview Chi-na Lee 10 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. We unravel their daily lives based on simple questions that we ask. In this second volume, we talk to Ms. Asako Koyama. –The response to the first volume with Mr. Kouta Sugiyama was great, so now we’re happy to continue with volume…

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The Life of a Designer, Vol. 1: Mr. Kouta Sugiyama Tells us About His Everyday Life

5/11/2016 Interview, Kouta Sugiyama Chi-na Lee 12 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. The questions are pretty simple; so we conduct these interviews that (should be) interesting hoping for intriguing, distinctive answers that only designers themselves could give. There will be interviews with more designers in the future, but for the first one, we…

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A Dialogue Between A Senior and His Junior, Volume 1: Art Director Masahiro Kakinohara of 10inc. and Art Director Masashi Tentaku

4/20/2016 Interview Eriko Fujitani 19 min read

“A Dialogue Between a Senior and His or Her Junior” is a new series here at D-BROS magazine. We will present designers and their design process, their ideas and ways of thinking, problems unique to designers, as well as stories about design that are borne from senior-junior relationships. For the first volume in this series, we present a dialogue between Mr. Masahiro Kakinohara who established…

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It has been thirteen years since our first flower vase debuted, so we undertook the challenge of creating a new design. We asked KIGI’s art directors about the concept behind the new design.

3/24/2016 Interview, Products Eriko Fujitani 7 min read

Coinciding with the arrival of spring, we offer our flower vase in new colors. This is the fifteenth iteration in our flower vase series, and our new vase is two-toned with a modern design. We talked to Mr. Ryosuke Uehara and Ms. Yoshie Watanabe of KIGI who were the art directors that undertook a new challenge for this new design.   –Please tell us about…

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Part 2: An Interview with Art Director Masahiro Kakinokihara about his Thoughts on “Rocca,” an Intriguing, Hexagonal Card Game

2/23/2016 Interview Eriko Fujitani 11 min read

This is the last part of our interview with Mr. Masahiro Kakinokihara, the art director of Rocca. In part 1, he talked about Rocca’s launch, and how he established it into a brand. In part 2, we asked about what he has learned and gained through Rocca, and how it will develop in the future. (>>Part 1: An Interview with Art Director Masahiro Kakinokihara about…

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Part 1: An Interview with Art Director Masahiro Kakinokihara about his Thoughts on “Rocca,” an Intriguing, Hexagonal Card Game

2/16/2016 Interview Eriko Fujitani 12 min read

The season for family gatherings and parties with friends is upon us. How about playing “Rocca”, a card game that we at D-BROS recommend for your next festive occasion? Rocca is a hexagonal card game created by game designer Mr. Trulie Okamocek and art director Mr. Masahiro Kakinokihara of 10inc. Rocca consists of intriguing cards that are flat yet three-dimensional-looking. While they can be played…

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Part 2: We asked the designer of the KUDAMEMO about the secret story of how it came to be – from an idea to a finished product.

1/29/2016 Interview, Products Eriko Fujitani 10 min read

If you are looking for a fun gift that would surprise the recipient, we recommend the KUDAMEMO, a fruit-like memo pad. Since its product launch, it has been featured in a number of media outlets, and it is a popular D-BROS product. After “Part 1: The Impetus for its Concept,” today we bring you Part 2, an interview with its designer, Masashi Tentaku. We asked…

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Part 1: The Secret Story of how KUDAMEMO, a Fruit-like Memo Pad was Created, and the Impetus for its Concept

1/13/2016 Interview, Products Eriko Fujitani 5 min read

The first thing that people say when they touch KUDAMEMO is, “It’s made of paper?” This product is popular as a gift because of its surprising concept, and the cuteness of its appearance. We talked to Masashi Tentaku, the designer, and asked about the secret story behind the KUDAMEMO. There are two parts to this interview that we will share with you. −−What was the…

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Interviewing D-BROS Art Director Ryosuke Uehara of Kigi about his Thoughts on the Production Process of “ROLL12|’16,” the 5th Installment of D-BROS’s Calendars for 2016.

11/6/2015 Editor's Blog, Interview, Products Eriko Fujitani 5 min read

The fifth installment of “ROLL 12” is the 2016 version of the calendar created by D-BROS Art Director Ryosuke Uehara of Kigi. This three-dimensional calendar wherein pages are turned and held together by an accompanying clip has a unique appearance that stands out, making it a popular choice every year. In the pursuit of simplicity, the 2016 version was completed utilizing the typeface Helvetica. We…

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A World of Colors Drawn by Yoshie Watanabe, the Creator of “names of colors”: the 4th Installment of D-BROS’s Calendars for 2016.

11/2/2015 Editor's Blog, Interview, Products Eriko Fujitani 4 min read

Presenting “names of colors,” a 2016 calendar created by D-BROS art director Yoshie Watanabe of Kigi. We talked to her about the calendar’s concept and her thought process.   –I think that the postcards accompanying the calendar are its main feature. Did you have this idea right from the start? “Yes, I did. Because a calendar’s usefulness is done when the year ends, I thought…