For the book called Made in Japan: Essays about contemporary japanese pop culture, I actually did illustrations (including cover), graphic design and developed two typefaces.
I didn’t want to make the book look ‘japanese’ by using japanese looking fonts and sakura flower. My aim was to transfer my own feelings and interpret approaches used in Japan’s pop culture. For example, the (mis)use of latin fonts, garish visuality, a lollypop feeling. Definitely I didn’t want to do a clean, minimalist, japanese design, because as far as I know the pop culture (Manga, anime, etc., in this case) is the opposite.
As for the illustrations, I wanted something, that will hold the book together visually and divide each chapter. Eventually I was the one to draw it. I made swift drawings using low-end tablet so it imitates cheap manga books at least with the process. In style I decided not to use classical ‘manga’ look. First, we all know it, second there’s so many different styles in manga anyways, so why not to add my own.
The fonts I used were made earlier (years ago) however I finished it for the book. Main goal was weirdness and make it look like real ‘MADE IN JAPAN’ sign on a product. Speciality of the bold headline font is czech diacritics which make font even stranger.
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