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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…

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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…