Kanto Tour Guide

A set of ten tour guides of the Kanto region, each by a prominent foreign member of the Tokyo community for Shibaura House. You can read all about it at the project’s home page here! This project was really fun, as it was co-designed with ace hybrid designer/developer, Thien Huynh. Each guide was printed on different colored paper stock using a complementary ink color using Risograph printing.

The tour areas and guides:

・Tour 1:東海道(日本橋~品川)by ルーカス・B.B.
Tokaido by Lucas Badtke-Berkow
・Tour 2:杉並 by ジャレド・ブレイタマン
Suginami by Jared Braiterman
・Tour 3:世田谷 by アレックス・ ソンダレッガー
Setagaya by Alex Sonderegger
・Tour 4:渋谷 by ヴィヴィアン・モレリ
Shibuya by Vivian Morelli
・Tour 5:新島 by スザンナ・ベア
Niijima by Susanna Baer
・Tour 6:横浜 by キム・ミンジョン
Yokohama by Kim Min Jung
・Tour 7:沢井 by クリス・バーテルセン
Sawai by Chris Berthelsen
・Tour 8:有楽町 by ジャン・スノー
Yurakucho by Jean Snow
・Tour 9:港区 by カーレン・クンツ
Minato City by Kaaren Kunze
・Tour 10:横浜 by プジ・ナタジャヤ
Yokohama by Puji Natadjaja

Live the Magic

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Book design and bilingual typography for illustrator Shin Kondo’s new monograph Live the Magic, published by Magokoro Press.

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The Letterfirm Reader

I curated Letterfirm, an exhibition of international expressive typography, featuring some of the most diverse graphic designers and typographic artist in active practice today. The exhibition was held in conjunction with TypeCon 2013. It opened on August 20th at Reading Frenzy.

Published in conjunction with the exhibition was The Letterfirm Reader, a 96-page booklet of recent essays on graphic design, aesthetics, history, and criticism. It is available at the exhibition, and was given away for free in the TypeCon goodie bag given to all participants.

An excerpt from the inside cover:

Every year at TypeCon, the goodie bag is stuffed full of objects filled with text, yet that text is most often crafted with the lone intention of highlighting foundries’ latest offerings. This booklet is intentionally the opposite—it is a booklet that was designed to be read in the downtimes between speakers, in bed, or at a bar or café. 

 The Letterfirm Reader is an attempt to bridge the disconnect between design criticism, typography-oriented writing, and pure ol’ plain fun prose. It is a casual follow-up to The Space Is The Place Supplement, a booklet of a similar nature that was available for free at my exhibition at Land Gallery in Portland in 2011.

 I am excited that the Letterfirm exhibition is being held at Reading Frenzy—my introduction to graphic design was through the DIY small press. Reading Frenzy is Portland’s longest-running retailer of small press ephemera. I was a volunteer at the old shop on Oak Street in the mid 90s.

 I hope you enjoy The Letterfirm Reader. These essays, as well as a dozen more, will be published in a new book in the upcoming year. I look forward to sharing them with you.

The booklet was printed in an edition of 600 by Eberhardt Press using split fountain printing. It was edited by Scott Michael Craig.

All photography by Bitna Chung Photography.

Idea #360

Idea Magazine #360 features a 96-page feature that I edited, designed and wrote big chunks of.

For a week, Idea Editor-in-Chief Kiyonori Muroga and I stayed in Valencia, the home of CalArts, to “work on a design research/writing/making/collecting/documenting project about CalArts itself, it’s history, it’s current state, ephemera, and researching in a very open way”, making CalArts both the laboratory and the subject.

The results is an image-rich look at the past few generations of CalArts alumni, the work of faculty and related projects.

Included is work by Ed Fella, Lorraine Wild, Mr. Keedy, Caryn Aono, Scott Zukowski, Silas Munro, Tasheka Arceneaux-Sutton, Mark Kulakoff, Corey Holms, Jon Sueda, Geoff McFetridge, Megan McGinley, Max Erdenberger, Brian Roettinger, Scott Massey, Andrea Tinnes, Tim Belonax, John Wiese, Jae Hyouk-Sung, Micah Hahn, Michael Worthington, Gail Swanlund, Louise Sandhaus, and many, many others.

The feature is crammed to the gills with bilingual essays and interviews.

You can pick up a copy here.

Slanted Babylon

I have a feature in the new issue of Slanted Magazine that was published for the Babylon type conference in Bangkok. It’s a bit different than the usual stuff I do for Slanted – no design criticism, design history or overt essay this time. The piece is a documentation of a speculative science fiction film that I have been making.

This issue of Slanted will not be distributed internationally on newsstands as it is for a type conference in Thailand, but you can order a copy here.

Excerpts from the Japanese script are overlayed on still images from the film. An English translation is provided in the back of the magazine.

Photography: Tony | 谷内俊文
Producer: Toshiki Senoue | 瀬ノ上俊毅
Hair/Makeup: Ippu Sansan
Actresses: Mari Kojima | 小嶋 まり, Viviane Sheep

Plazm #30

Illustration for the 30th issue of Plazm Magazine.

Walls of Pride

Design of the book Walls of Pride: A Tour of African American Art in Portland for the Dill Pickle Club.

The cover is printed in a metallic gold sparkle spot-color with 1- and 4-color interiors.

Space Is The Place Supplement

The Space Is The Place Supplement is a 48-page booklet of writing that functions as the written addenda to to the exhibition Space Is The Place at Land Gallery in Portland, Oregon in October 2011.

My graphic design practice consists of three constituent parts: designing, teaching and writing. The exhibition covers the graphic design work element, but the other two
elements are not really represented, hence the compilation of recent essays for assorted books and magazines here. A handful are published here in English for the first time.

Included are essays on the late Japanese designer Kiyoshi Awazu, Japanese Modernism, architect Paolo Soleri and his Arcosanti project, designers Experimental Jetset, designer/artist Yuri Suzuki and the cultural imbalance of notions of authenticity and quality. Each essay is peppered with footnotes and personal asides.

Interspersed throughout in separate boxes are some of my favorite assignments from my syllabi at Temple University Japan where I teach graphic design and typography-related courses.

The booklet was printed in an edition of 1,000 using a split-fountain technique, creating gradated printing throughout. 500 were printed with fluorescent green cover stock and 500 with fluorescent yellow cover stock. The selection of colors used for printing were selected by Charles at Eberhardt Press in Portland. Chance processes have at times played a large part of my way of working, and by asking a seasoned printer to handle the split fountain with no expectations resulted in a surprising and polished result. The covers were printed using dual metallic Pantones and the interiors a blend of lemon yellow, hot pink, magenta, cyan, Rubine Red, violet, Rhodamine Red, and green. As the nature of split fountain printing causes a gradual shift in color blending, each booklet has a material quality which is unique.

5by50 Urban Safari

We worked with Five By Fifty and Unilever to create a fun little tour booklet and interactive map that guides Unilever staff to the latest and coolest new businesses that have opened in greater Tokyo as of late.

Northwest Passage

Northwest Passage: 50 Years and Independent Music from the Rose City is an 88-page book and audio CD highlighting the history of Portland’s burgeoning independent music scene, and includes contributions from: The Dill Pickle Club, Mississippi Records, Oregon Historical Music Society, PDX Pop Now!, Joe Kregal, Ural Thomas, Valerie Brown, Fred and Toody Cole, Vanessa Renwick and Erin Yanke, Calvin Johnson and Cool Nutz.

Northwest Passage charts the history of Dead Moon/Pierced Arrows, Portland soul singer Ural Thomas (the man responsible for opening many an Otis Redding concert and for providing James Brown with many of the hooks he’s so famous for), along with Beat Happening/Dub Narcotic/K Records’ Calvin Johnson, and a ton of others.

Available here from the Dill Pickle Club.

Lurker II

Experimental form-making zine. Limited edition of 10.

Chainbreaker

Redesign of Chainbreaker, a hand-illustrated and accessible introduction to the world of bike repair. Through working at assorted bike shops in New Orleans, the co-authors gathered a wealth of experience, then share it with would-be mechanics in this book.

The first half of this book is a complete repair manual to get you started on choosing, fixing, and riding your bike. The second half reprints all four issues of Chainbreaker zine, whose originals were destroyed in Hurricane Katrina.

Taking the Lane #2

Design of Taking the Lane #2, a compilation zine edited by Elly Blue about women who ride bicycles. Features a custom hairline version of Eli Carrico’s font Interno.

How To Pick Locks Vol. 1

Cover design for A Guide To Picking Locks Volume One, published by Crimethinc.

How To Pick Locks Vol. 2

Now out: A Guide To Picking Locks Volume Two, published by Crimethinc. I designed a snazzy two-color cover for this second volume, picking up where I left off with Volume One.

Tokyo Fashion Cultures

Booklet design for the latest Artalking event, Tokyo Fashion Cultures.

How Dead Is the Book?

Zine for Craig Mod’s Artalking lecture “How Dead Is the Book?”, accompanying his lecture for the Artalking series of dinner/lecture events in Roppongi. Within the zine, contemporary book design is assessed both historically, in the contemporary context, and cross-culturally.

Dill Pickle Club WPA Projects

Poster, book cover and CD face design for Portland’s Dill Pickle Club‘s guided audio tour CD and publication of Portland Public Works from the Great Depression funded by the WPA (Works Progress Administration) in the 1920s.

13 Years of Good Luck

Redesign of Microcosm Publishing’s zine compilation 13 Years of Goof Luck. Cover illustration by Cristy C. Road. The redesign included re-formatting much of the interior image and text content, adding a typographic pattern to the inside covers, title pages, and general snazzing-up. The compilation features some of the most popular writers in the D.I.Y. zine genre today. And only one dollar!

未来建築 Architecture of the Future

Booklet design for the latest Artalking event, Architecture of the Future by Roland Hagenberg. 32 page black and white booklet featuring interviews with Toyo Ito, Kazuyo Sejima, Kengo Kuma, Jun Aoki, Hiroshi Hara, Terunobu Fujimori, Yasuhiro Yamashita, and Sou Fujimoto.

Liminal

I put together a limited edition, numbered booklet about graffiti in Tokyo to accompany my lecture at Arttalking #2 in Roppongi.

Welcome to Forest Island

I edited, art directed, and designed artist Bwana Spoons’ first monograph- a 128 page full-color casebound book. Designed with Jasmine Lai. Published by Top Shelf. Available here.

In Search of the Lost Taste

In Search of the Lost Taste, a vegan cookbook by Joshua Ploeg. I art-directed and designed this half-recipes/half-adventure/sci-fi/fantasy novella with cover illustration by comic maestro Aaron Renier and interior illustrations by the mighty overlord Nate Beaty.

Joshua was the singer of some of the best West Coast weirdo hardcore bands around including Mukilteo Fairies and Behead the Prophet No Lord Shall Live and is a an amazing itinerant vegan chef.

Published by Microcosm.

Five by Fifty Tokyo Guidebook

Five by Fifty has created the “Fashion & Inspiration Handbook Tokyo 2009,” which includes introductions, maps and essays about five of the most inspiring places in Tokyo. You can download a digital copy of the Handbook here.

Five By Fifty capabilities

Capabilities pamphlet art direction and design for trend analysis and market research agency, Five By Fifty.

Bespoke Tokyo

Brochure design for Tokyo-based travel consulting and publishing group, Bespoke Tokyo.

Pecha Kucha Night Standards

Graphic design standards booklet for Pecha Kucha Night, presented by Klein Dytham architecture. This booklet is mailed to organizers of Pecha Kucha Night, the international lecture series.

Pecha Kucha Night

Book, event, and apparel design for Pecha Kucha Night, presented by Klein Dytham architecture.

The book features a UV gloss screenprint on the cover, abundant use of rich black overprinting on the interiors and a wacky page numbering system that slides across the interior of the book sequentially. With sturdy fold-in covers, a tough perfect-bind (sewn & glued), and weighing in at 200 pages, this book took a lot of effort. I acted as co-editor of the book as well as book designer.

Trend Magazine

Art direction and editorial design of Trend Magazine, an in-house market trend research publication for the Japanese branch of South African marketing firm Instant Grass.

Rap-Up book

Cover design, interior illustrations, and chapter title graphics for Rap-Up’s premiere book, published by Grand Central Publishing. Cover illustration by the mighty Upso.

Rap-Up Magazine 2.0

Starting with issue eleven in the summer of 2008, I created a full redesign of Rap-Up. As the target audience has gotten older and more sophisticated, the magazine underwent a facelift to imbue it with a more demure and cosmopolitan aesthetic. A highly formalized grid was developed for the magazine, as well as new typographic standards. A refined palette was applied, as was a fresh approach to artist photography.
The Winter issue, the second after the redesign, included a tipped-in promotional mini-issue of the magazine that was branded content for TAG Records and TAG bodyspray.

Rap-Up Magazine 1.0

Art direction, brand direction, and graphic design for Rap-Up, a hip-hop and R&B magazine aimed at Generation Y from 2004 to the present. I’ve crafted the art direction of the publication since it’s inception, having created the masthead, typographic standards, seasonal color palettes, and versioning through the editorial design for eleven issues. 

The first incarnation of the magazine was predominantly pop: bright colors and expressive display typography have made the magazine consistently stand out.

There have been innumerable other aspects of designing for Rap-Up, including posters, print ads, apparel, broadcast design, and website design, development, and deployment.

Nike "Sisters"

Book, CD, and buttons designed for Nike Asia Pacific’s 2009 Women’s line. Collaborating with Josh Berger at Plazm, we crafted a great paean to sisterhood and sports. The awesome photography of Portland photographer Anthony Georgis is used throughout. The book is printed on a mix of stocks using assorted print processes.

Hot & Cold zine

Screenprinted cover design for Oakland, CA zine Hot + Cold and a collaborative poster insert with John Darnielle of the Mountain Goats. In the collection of NYMOMA.

Dis-Connect

Art direction and design of arts culture journal Dis-Connect, published by Portland’s Red 76. 2004 Adobe Achievement Award winner. This digest-size magazine featured a one-color offset interior and 2 color UV matte coated cover.

Nike “Train To Win”

Product line book and DVD for Nike’s Asia Pacific region. Using a mix of stocks and printing processes, I worked with long time collaborator Joshua Berger of Plazm to design this book emphasizing today’s training results tomorrow. Mixing stellar product shots, action photography of Nike professional athletes, forceful typography, and subtle lighting effects, this book is a great overview of Nike’s 2008 line of workout wear. The book mixes high-gloss and uncoated stocks, coated and uncoated printing, spot varnishes, foil stamping, custom die cutting, and French-fold binding.

My Alphabet

Originally published by my old small publishing imprint, Migraine, in 2000, the layout was revisited for a limited reprint in 2004 of 1000 copies each as promotional material for my type foundry, Wordshape. Written by Patrick Mullins, My Alphabet Volumes 4 & 20 chronicle the beginnings of lexicography (reference books) and timekeeping.

To quote the original Migraine catalog text about the My Alphabet series, “This series of publications is specifically designed to assist the historically challenged young people of early twenty-first century western nations to reach a broader understanding of certain things they may encounter in everyday life. A wide variety of commonplace concepts and topics, including but not limited to: the dictionary; timekeeping; the library; and the making of maps are vigorously researched, given deep consideration and then glossed over in a mock-academic tone (adopted by the author especially for this publication) which has caused at least one reader to remark, “It gave me a headache”.

The magazine is sadly out of print, but can can be downloaded in pdf format from Wordshape here.

Parallel Strokes

Parallel Strokes is a collection of interviews with nineteen contemporary typeface designers, graffiti writers, and lettering artists around the world. The book is introduced with a comprehensive essay charting the history of graffiti, its relation to type design, and how the two practices relate in the wider context of lettering.

Interviews within include conversations with pan-European type design collective Underware, Japanese type designer Akira Kobayashi, American graffiti writer and fine artist Barry McGee/Twist, German graffiti writers Daim and Seak, American lettering artist, graphic designer and design eductor Ed Fella, among others. Parallel Strokes is an enquiry into the history, context, and development of lettering today, both culturally approved and illicit.

Parallel Strokes spun out of my CalArts Graphic Design MFA thesis. I designed and self-published the book in 2008 after years of intermittently writing it and collecting visuals.

The book was released via my publishing imprint, Wordshape, in an edition of 1000 and sold out within a few months. The 240 page book was printed with a one-color interior on matte paper with a metallic 3-color UV gloss cover.

I also designed and released a number of promotional items for the book’s release. These included canvas tote bags in 2 color options, a blue/blue split-fountain screenprint and a magenta/Rubine Red split-fountain screenprint. I also designed a two-color 18″ by 24″ poster that featured the entire book laid out in thumbnail format. With a magnifying glass, one wasn’t required to buy the book- you could just squint and read the poster.

Though sold out, you can still see the Parallel Strokes website here.