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…


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…


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…



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,”…


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,…


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…


The D-BROS GINZA SIX STORE, A New Concept Store by D-BROS is Now Open!

5/31/2017 Editor's Blog, Information, Products Eriko Fujitani 6 min read

Last April 20th, D-BROS’s new store opened at GINZA SIX, the new, much-talked-about facility in Ginza, Tokyo. Most of the array of products at this store are based on the theme of “traditional Japanese culture,” and were especially developed for GINZA SIX. Designers embarked on challenges that have never been done before, and they all started by examining traditional culture and techniques. From this fusion…


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…


Utilizing the Creator’s Diary: Using the Lower Half for Projects Freely

2/17/2017 Editor's Blog, Products Eriko Fujitani 4 min read

The Creator’s Diary presently being sold at D-BROS is a Gantt Chart-type diary wherein each day’s schedule is written on the upper, vertically-lined part, and the plans for each task or project is written on the lower, horizontally-lined part.   A Section for Projects is Important The greatest feature of this diary is its lower half which is a section for projects. It is formatted…


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…