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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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What I’ve Discovered While Walking Around

1/23/2017 Designer's Blog, Hiroka Osada Hiroka Osada 3 min read

Hello, I’m Osada, a designer. One of the things that I’m doing for the condominium that the real estate company Mitsui Fudosan is building in Musashi Kosugi is creating a free newspaper that highlights the town. The latest issue is a special feature on Todoroki Ryokuchi, a park with sports facilities and a museum that I’ve often visited for location hunting. I’d like to share…

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What Gathering Information and Conducting Interviews Are All About

11/24/2016 Designer's Blog, Kenichi Tanaka Kenichi Tanaka 6 min read

Hello, it’s me, the designer Kenichi Tanaka. Usually, I mainly work on graphics and web design and production but recently, I’ve become a photography enthusiast, and I’ve been tasked to photograph small-scale interviews. I was in Musashi Kosugi and Shinmaruko the other day with my teammate Watanabe to gather information and conduct interviews for Mitsui Fudosan. This real estate company is going to build a…

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I Made Letters Travel

11/10/2016 Designer's Blog, Jun Saito Jun Saito 3 min read

Sometimes, I conduct experiments on a lark. There was once a time when I thought, I’d like to make letters travel. That’s because I love traveling myself. I love traveling because even the things that I’m used to in daily life feel new again; and I can re-think things, as if I’ve become a baby again where everything feels fresh. To a baby, various things…

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The Life of a Designer, Vol. 4: Ms. Aya Iida Tells us About Her Everyday Life

10/25/2016 Aya Iida, Interview Chi-na Lee 7 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 Ms. Aya Iida for the fourth volume in this series. –In this fourth volume, we would like to talk to Ms. Aya…

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Flowers that Bloom Only Once in its Plant’s Lifetime

10/21/2016 Designer's Blog, Shoichi Maehara Shoichi Maehara 4 min read

Hello, it’s me, the designer Shoichi Maebara. There are a variety of plants planted in front of our office’s entrance. Among those plants is the Agave Americana, or American aloe that blooms only once in its lifetime. Amazingly, our plant bloomed this year, and I would like to talk about it in this post. I’ve known of this plant’s existence before it bloomed. I once…

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Laying Out a Line That’s 180 Meters Wide and 643 Kilometers Long

10/20/2016 Designer's Blog, Yuichiro Katsume Yuichiro Katsume 7 min read

Hello, it’s me again, the design engineer Yuichiro Katsume. Have you heard about the Great Wall of China? The Great Wall is the ruins of a very long series of protective walls. Even the parts that exist today measure more than 6,000 kilometers, but it used to measure 20,000 kilometers in total. Because of its length and size, it’s said to be the only structure…

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We Asked the Designers of the 2017 D-BROS Calendar “JUMP” About Their Thoughts on the Production Process (Part 2)

10/17/2016 Asako Koyama, Interview, Products, Takuma Fukuzawa Eriko Fujitani 5 min read

This is part 2 of our interview with Takuma Fukuzawa and Asako Koyama, the designers of “JUMP,” the D-BROS animal calendar for 2017. In part 1, they talked about behind-the-scenes stories about their work on “JUMP.” In this post, we asked about the differences between their usual work in advertising and monozukuri (making things) with D-BROS, and their thoughts about working. >>Click here for “We…

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We Asked the Designers of the 2017 D-BROS Calendar “JUMP” About Their Thoughts on the Production Process (Part 1)

10/13/2016 Asako Koyama, Interview, Products, Takuma Fukuzawa Eriko Fujitani 7 min read

Finally, our 2017 calendars and Creator’s Diary are now available at our Web Store. Every year, our calendar from our animal series is highly popular, with last year’s version selling out in November. In this post, we talk to art director Takuma Fukuzawa and designer Asako Koyama about their thoughts on the production process of this year’s animal calendar. – The 2016 animal calendar was…