Food for thought‘[...] do not think that good design can make a poor product good, whether the product be a machine, a building, a promotional brochure or a business man. But [...] good design can materially help make a good product reach its full potential. In short, [...] good design is good business.’
Thomas J. Watson Jr., IBM CEO

Japanese design

August 14, 2007, 12:21 AM

Works from Shinmura Design (I’ve been a fan since I saw them in “Japanese Graphics Now!” from Taschen):

Wonderful typo about global warming:

another great poster for Muji, the series is called “Be a happy camper” (we romanians could surely use some every month posters on this subject):

and last, a beautiful identity guideline for Shiseido (cosmetics and other healthcare products):



Why chinese will rule the world…

July 29, 2007, 6:27 PM

Simply because they invented Tangram. I first found out about Tangram when I was an art student, and I’ve been fascinated by it’s complexity, achieved with such simple pieces. Apparently it originated from yanjitu, a furniture set from the Song Dinasty. It pleased me greatly when I first saw this:


It’s made by Daniele Lago and I’d love to have one. Actually I like it so much that I think I’ll make one for my living room :) (can’t afford to order one, these designer-furniture things cost a lot but can’t blame them). Be sure to check the site for other great designs.



Toys, wonderful toys

June 18, 2007, 6:17 PM

As always when it’s about japanese design, these guys from make wonderful wooden toys. Take a look:tankichi-sonkichi.jpg

As one colleague says, you can’t beat the japanese when it comes to paper or wood crafts.



Kosuke Ikeda

June 13, 2007, 5:37 PM

Very well said, this guy will blow you away.




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May 7, 2007, 12:38 AM

Satoshi Kon's Paprika

A few weeks ago I was saying that Satoshi Kon’s latest movie seems to be very promising. Well, thanks to the advantages of the free, vast internet :D, I’ve managed to watch it.

First things first: visually stunning. Quite similar to Ghost in the Shell: Innocence, but better, since it’s CG isn’t as obvious. The sheer abundance of colours, characters, sets is overwhelming, just as you’d expect from a depiction of the human limitless imagination. The story, however, is not among Satoshi’s best. It’s quite unimaginative (resembling Jenniffer Lopez’s The Cell), sometimes incoherent, ilogic. But then again, what is logic when talking about the human mind ?

It is not quite an A+ movie, but it’s definitely a great watch, especially for us, visual-dependent ones. If you want a better story check out Millenium Actress and Perfect Blue.

You can see some of the storyboards here.

page from Paprika storyboard
A few screenshots for the apetizer :)

Great feeling..

Butterfly effect ?


Some other hi-res images here.



Another gem from Satoshi Kon

March 6, 2007, 3:09 PM

It’s called Paprika, already released in Asia last year. The trailer is a must see. It seems Satoshi is again exploring psychological themes, taking it this time to the extreme (this time it’s all about dreams). Visually, I dare say it’s better than anything the US studios can come up. Can’t wait to see it. Animenewsnetwork gave it an A+ rating :) Satoshi Kon has also directed Millennium Actress, Tokyo Godfathers, Perfect Blue and Paranoia Agent. He is one of the top five anime directors from Japan.




December 31, 2006, 4:31 AM

Thanks Kit for this beauty: Lanterns Light the Way, Guilin, 1996

Photographic Memories II,
Lanterns Light the Way, Guilin, 1996
Toned Gelatin-Silver Print
by Don Hong-Oai, Chinese, b.1929

Good chance to show two other favs, part of Shin Hanga:

“Glittering Sea”, 1926, by Hiroshi Yoshida

“Aikawa, Sado Island”, 1921, by Kawase Hasui