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Folding Fans and Sophistication

7/19/2017 Designer's Blog, Kazuya Iwanaga Kazuya Iwanaga 6 min read

Hello, I am the designer Kazuya Iwanaga. Today I’d like to talk about our folding fans which are featured at our newly-opened store in GINZA SIX. Just as Mr. Fukuzawa wrote in his blog post, we first conceptualized these products two years ago. When it was first decided that we will make a book about kamon, or family crests, we also wanted people to rediscover…

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A Book About Kamon, Exclusively for Our GINZA SIX Store

7/14/2017 Designer's Blog, Products, Takuma Fukuzawa Takuma Fukuzawa 5 min read

The first time we conceptualized this book was about two years ago. We are a Japanese graphic design company, and in making this, we first started by learning about Japan’s traditional crafts. Among these crafts, we focused our attention on kamon, or family crests. We found out that there are about 20,000 of these family crests in Japan. We also learned that there are many…

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Creator’s Diary 2018: From Start to Finish (An Introduction)

7/5/2017 Designer's Blog, Information, Products, Ren Yamakawa Ren Yamakawa 4 min read

Hello, I am the designer Ren Yamakawa. Along with assistant director Mr. Iwanaga, I’ve been chosen to be in charge of the 2018 Creator’s Diary. This post is “an introduction,” so I’d like to talk about my view of the Creator’s Diary as the person in charge of it for the very first time. Truthfully speaking, I’ve never been aware of the Creator’s Diary until…

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Yokohama’s Point of Origin

6/27/2017 Asako Koyama, Designer's Blog Asako Koyama 4 min read

Hello, I am the designer Asako Koyama. Presently, I am working on architecture-related work, so I love walking around and looking at architectural structures. Yokohama is my hometown, and there are so many buildings in Yokohama that I recommend, but I especially want you to see “Osanbashi Yokohama.” Its formal name is “Osanbashi Yokohama International Passenger Terminal.” It’s mainly a terminal for passenger ships from…

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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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Doppelganger

6/14/2017 Arisa Okada, Designer's Blog Arisa Okada 4 min read

Hello, I am Arisa Okada, and I’ve just joined DRAFT this April. Today, I’d like to share with you what I did for my art graduation project. There was a time when I really believed that I had a doppelganger – someone who was just like me. A series of events made me think this way – I was constantly told “Thank you as always,”…

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My Art Graduation Project

6/9/2017 Designer's Blog, Ren Yamakawa Ren Yamakawa 2 min read

Hello, I am the new designer Ren Yamakawa. I graduated this year from Tama Art University, and I have just joined DRAFT. Today, I’d like to share with you what I did for my art graduation project. My art graduation project is entitled “Lucky Item,” and it is composed of 22 graphic pieces. People who live today have unceasing problems, so I created 22 graphic,…

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Lacquered Bunkobako (Stationery and Letter Boxes): Traditional Crafts Meet Limited Edition Products to Commemorate the Opening of D-BROS GINZA SIX

6/7/2017 Aya Iida, Designer's Blog, Products Aya Iida 4 min read

In commemoration of the opening of GINZA SIX, we’ve created bunkobako, which are beautiful stationery and letter boxes, utilizing the art of lacquering, one of Japan’s signature traditional crafts. A union of genuine lacquer ware from Yamada Heiando, an officially appointed lacquer ware purveyor to the Imperial Household Agency, and D-BROS’s modern graphic design, there are only four of these limited edition boxes in the…

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Feeling the Seasons

2/24/2017 Designer's Blog, Ryouma Inoue Ryouma Inoue 2 min read

Hello, I am the designer Inoue. It’s starting to get warm, and I feel this more and more every day. With this in mind, I’d like to try and write about feeling the seasons. I am originally from Kyoto, and my family home is a five-minute walk from Shimogamo Shrine. It’s listed in several guidebooks, as it has a primeval forest inside the shrine grounds…

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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…