On Design for March 2008

This month’s edition of my “On Design” column was in yesterday’s THE JAPAN TIMES, and can be read online here. In it, I cover Conof‘s Digital Cordless Telephone, Mitsuhiro Kanada’s Strapped Orthogonality, Ideaco‘s Ashtub Trico, Nendo‘s Cabbage Chair, and a peek at next month’s Milano Salone.

Comics on the Train

That’s right, comics, not manga. In all my years in Japan, this is the very first time I ever see someone take out an American comic to read on the train, in this case the latest issue of Warren Ellis’ THUNDERBOLTS. I did ask this guy permission before taking the shot, telling him I knew […]


The fact that someone drew the kanji for meat on the cover of this free paper is unremarkable, but what if I tell you that they also drew it on almost every forehead of every picture inside! That’s dedication.