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…


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…


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…


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…


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…


Creator’s Diary 2017: From Start to Finish (Finished Product)

10/11/2016 Designer's Blog, Kazuya Iwanaga, Products Kazuya Iwanaga 2 min read

Hello, it’s me, designer Kazuya Iwanaga. Today I’d like to talk about the 2017 Creator’s Diary. After much trial and error, our Creator’s Diary for 2017 is finally complete. Every year, it takes about half a year until we have a finished product – from the planning and designing stage where we gather users’ opinions and talk about them, to organizing everything. The distinct features…


My Hobby (Part 2)

10/6/2016 Designer's Blog, Megumi Saito Megumi Saito 4 min read

Hello, it’s me again, designer Megumi Saito. I wrote about my hobby of collecting stamps in a previous post, and I’d like to tell you more about it in this second part. Today I’d like to share with you my Olympic stamps, now that the Olympics were just held in Rio. There are lots of Olympic stamps, and I think that there are also a…


Our 2017 Calendars and Diary are Now on Sale!

10/3/2016 Information Eriko Fujitani 3 min read

Many of our customers look forward to our D-BROS calendars every year. Finally, our 2017 calendars and Creator’s Diary are now on sale! Since it’s something you’ll use every day for a year, we want it to be fun, and we hope that you’ll enjoy it as part of your décor. We started creating our D-BROS calendars with these in mind, and next year marks…


A Story About Tags by the Iwai Tag Printing Company

8/30/2016 Akiko Sekimoto, Designer's Blog Akiko Sekimoto 3 min read

Hello, I am Akiko Sekimoto, an art director. Presently, I’m working with “Iwai Tags,” a product line of a company in Okayama called the Iwai Tag Printing Company. Today I’d like to share with you the development and design of their product that I’ve been working on called the “bean parcel.” The Iwai Tag Printing Company is a printing company in Okayama that specializes in…


Being Stylish Starts from the Bottom Up

8/25/2016 Chisato Endo, Designer's Blog Chisato Endo 3 min read

Hello, I’m Chisato Endo, a designer. Recently, I’ve been noticing what people wear on their feet. It’s a long story on how this came to be, but it all started when I started asking why people often say that being stylish or fashionable starts from the bottom up. Even though there are other things to be mindful of such as your looks and your clothes,…