Today was the first day back to school for students in Switzerland. It somehow reminds me of Japan because of how orderly, and structured was the students welcoming. I stumbled across the work of Minaminani Take who is an illustrator. based in Japan. She illustrates what I would call 'Life scenes', probably things that we would see across the world. But if you pay close attention to the details, you can tell it's Japan. Give it a look and make sure to check out the rest of her work on Behance.
Six N. Five is an art direction and imagery studio based in Barcelona, Spain. They shared an experimental 3D art mixed with architecture titled 'the Japanese Garden' series. It's a full CGI illustration series about a culture that is truly fascinating to me. For those, you know me is fully knowledgeable of my love for Japan and everything that comes through this modern and contemporary traditions. First of all, just by looking through this series, they all look like photographs.
Titled: 'Japonismes', we are featuring a series of hand-drawn illustrations with Japanese motifs by Lucas Reis. He is the head of Art at Mother based in London, United Kingdom, we have featured his work 'The Bible of Barbecue' before on abdz. It's great to feature this project who reflects Luca's style and the same high-quality standard. These posters are beautiful and really enjoy the minimal approach of the color palette which were black, red, and of course white. These posters are also screen printed and available for purchase.
How is your situation in 'confinement'? Is the place you live in still in lockdown? I think will never go back to what we used to think as 'ordinary' or even 'normal'. We will have to get used to newer ways of living and having the right precautions if needed. Along those lines, I can't help to see a vision of a nearby future through this series by Robert Sundelin titled: 'Another Dystopia'. Taking place in Japan, the mixture of 'contemporary Japan' and this 'post-apocalyptic' world is what makes it even more compelling to reality.
In the new year, I would like to share a variety of new things to discover outside of the design world (per se). How about some creators from YouTube. I don't need to tell what YouTube is about but it's always fascinating the kind of content you might find. Let's kick off with a broader theme and at the same time about a country that we dearly love. Japan!
I just came back from my week visiting Hiroshima including the island of Naoshima (Art Island). Departing from Okayama, it has been an incredible journey and one of the things you encounter when you are traveling in another country is the art & design (as a designer for the least). From the architecture, interior, tv advertisements...just everything. Among them, I stumbled across the work of IC4DESIGN inc., a two-team of illustrators based in Hiroshima, Japan. We are showcasing a series of illustrations they worked for the city's guidebook.
We are featuring the illustrations from Denise aka surudenise, they are filled with pastel colours, Japan, cats and alleyways. What else do you want? These are packed with beautiful and vibrant colors! I especially like her two illustrations referring to Kyoto Cats Day/Night, almost have that Anime feels. You should definitely give her a follow on Instagram where she incorporates the same feels in terms of color palette.
It's a little over a month since my release of the Osore Lightroom Presets and decided to upload the shots I posted on Instagram on my Behance Profile as well. Introducing Osore 一か月 (Ichi-Kagetsu) which simply means "one month". It has been a nice ride so far because I never expected to get such a great response.
First of all, I would like to thank everyone who supported my Osore: Sararīman Lightroom Presets. It has been quite overwhelming to be honest, for what started as a simple idea. Well, I am not done yet! Introducing today Osore Runner1982. For those who might have understood the reference already, it's a preset inspired by a 1982 neo-noir science fiction film. Any guesses?
Our comeback with the Wallpaper of the Week series, it’s crazy to imagine there’s more than 350+ wallpapers available to download for your different screen resolutions. Things have changed ever since so we decided to change the formula, each week we’ll try our best to publish one of our own pictures as a challenge. Let us know of your thoughts or suggestions so we can adjust for future endeavours.
Today is a little special for me, I wanted to share my latest side-project/product with you guys on ABDZ. Introducing Osore: Sararīman Adobe Lightroom Presets, launching with four presets fully customizable for Desktop and Mobile. A little backstory? During our escapade in Japan, I became really fascinated with "The Salaryman". In definition, it's an employee (mostly male) wearing a white collar shirt who would earn his "salary" based on individual abilities rather than on seniority.
Currently in Japan for what we could call our "annual vacation", we have been exploring many cities including Tokyo, Osaka, Okayama, Hiroshima and more. One of the many things I have personally been fascinated is anime. In Japan, anime is like a national landmark. It's everywhere and people are reading anime on their phones, in the subway, in the convenience stores and more. I decided to put up together a collection of anime illustrations inspiration from various artists. Check it out!
I am personally quite excited to share this exhibition currently happening right now at the Mori Building, more precisely in Roppongi, Minato. In this exhibit and as I quote: "MORI Building DIGITAL ART MUSEUM: teamLab Borderless present a borderless world that visitors can explore freely without following routes". Just to give an idea, you will experience about 50 interactive artworks, some completely new, in a huge 10,000 sqm area with five zones. The interactive artworks have no borders separating them from the other works.
Ryogo Toyoda is a Tokyo-based 3D illustrator and a motion designer and he has worked with many brands including Google, YouTube and more. His style is a mixture of illustration, digital art, CGI, graphic design and typography. Everything combines with a careful choice of vibrant colour palette. Coming from the center of the Earth in terms of anime and fantasy characters, it's no surprise that Ryogo is really good at his craft.
I believe that traveling with the main purpose to wander and explore; together helps immensely to feed your brain at your journey and tremendously contribute at boosting your creativity. What do we all do when you are in a country where you’ve never been before? You look to understand how the people live, the architecture, tourist attractions and everything.
Japan’s railway system is one the the most complex in the World. I’ve personally experienced it a few months back and it’s pretty consisting of many different and connected parts. Once you really experienced a few different trips, you start to understand its complexity and it becomes quite simple. But I do admit there’s been moments where I was found myself in a chaos where I didn’t knew what to do. I would say that most cases of a redesign are mostly based on a user experience in a goal to an improvement for a better overall experience.
I've been a great fan of Alexandre Osmoze for a long time, I've been to one of his exhibits and he's genuinely a great person as well. Other than his great personality, his work is just a real reflection of his talents. Working with your hands will always still be the primary thing to explore or to keep in your habits as a designer. Knowingly your real core to a level of understanding the things we do every single day and once was part of our routine without any technology.
Masaomi Fujita is an Art Director at Tegusu, a creative and design office based in Tokyo and Yokohama. Since 2012, his studio specialized to a wide variety of works from concept planning to design work in CI and VI development for companies and shops. Check it out. Shimada Co., Ltd., an old firm established in 1921 and based in Nishiyodogawa-ku Osaka city, sells furniture materials and interior materials, as well as makes furniture.
In a middle of planning my next adventure to the islands of Japan and couldn't help surfing and looking for the street photographers that scattered the cities to find us the best angles of Japan. One Photographer that really caught my eye is Takashi Yasui who is a photographer based in Kyoto, Osaka, Tokyo.
Polymer Clay always have been to me, a fun and experimental thing as a kid. But clay artist, illustrator, sculptor and photographer named Raku Inoue, really is mastering this media into his craft. Born in a suburban area of Tokyo, Japan and now based in Montreal, Qc of Canada; Raku is now keeping the challenge on expanding his creativity on new horizons. I spent most of my childhood as most Japanese kids do: watching anime, reading manga and playing outside with my friends.