Design Events TB.Grafico

Signage Design


A recent exhibition at Matsuya’s Design Gallery in Ginza that covered signage design, like the kind you find in the vast new shopping/residential complexes that are all the rage these days.

Design Fashion

Points to a T

A month without a Graniph t-shirt (or long-sleeve) purchase? Say it ain’t so! Well, it ain’t, although I didn’t pay for this latest Graniph tee. I actually managed — embarrassingly so — to fill up one of their point cards, so this latest one, Agraphia, didn’t cost me a penny.

Update (16/10/29): This image is no longer available.


Site Sponsors

As I will do every week now, I’d like to thank — and point out — this site’s sponsors, currently residing in the sidebar to the right. The latest one is Tokyomade, an online store that offers all sorts of fun design goods, straight from Tokyo. It joins other sponsors Tokyo Recohan, OK FRED, and affiliate TAB Jobs. As always, if you are interested in advertising on this site, please contact me for info on rates.

Design Stores Web



Generate is a Canada-based product design store that has recently launched a Japanese online store.

Games Music

Famicom Guitar


OK, now this has got to be the coolest guitar ever! Link via Kotaku.


On Design for February 2007

fs20070227a2bThis month’s edition of my “On Design” column is in today’s THE JAPAN TIMES (and can be read online here). In it, I cover the latest products from Kyouei, D-BROS‘ A Path to the Future packing tape, Lemnos‘ Oblong clocks, and Teruhiro Yanagihara‘s Cover It flower vase.


Picross DS

447Jason DeGroot is more than just 6955 or the Baito Hell Master, he also contributes to game site 1UP, and in his latest review he tells you why you’ll want to get PICROSS DS (despite some flaws). For me, it’s all about FINAL FANTASY III these days on my DS, closing in on 20 hours of gametime!

Art Events

Beautiful Flux


I mentioned it last week, but here’s more on Amanda Browder‘s upcoming exhibition at the Nakaochiai Gallery, “Beautiful Flux.” The show runs March 4-24, with an opening reception on March 3 (19:00-21:00).

From 4 to 24 March, the Nakaochiai Gallery welcomes the coming spring with an exhibition of artist Amanda Browder’s soft sculpture-based installation ”Beautiful Flux.” The installation is created especially for the gallery and transforms its main area into a warm, colorful and cozy experience of nature and the great outdoors in the middle of the Tokyo metropolis.

Amanda is known for juxtaposing her humorous soft sculptures with city life. Amanda says, ”while living in the city can be draining, I hope the installation’s bright colors, unique landscape and undulating patterns will be a healthy, re-energizing moment for viewers.”

Her soft sculptures in ”Beautiful Flux” make use of materials provided through the support of the gallery’s local people and businesses. Thus the exhibition is possible through recycling and community participation, the latter, in particular, an important part of the gallery’s operations since its founding.


The Cut: February 2007 Edition


With all the pictures of me on the site recently, it’s starting to look like a MySpace page, and for that I apologize. But hey, the traditional haircut day shot is a mainstay, and it’s simply out of my hands.

Music Web

The Number

number-small_webMusic Related‘s offshoot online-only label, Creation-Centre, has a new release, this time from a Japanese duo called The Number. How does label master Trevor sell you on them? “Chopped-up instruments, found objects from around the house. Bounce and pulse through the insanely unique vision of modern music. An off-kilter soundtrack to life in Japan. It’s as equally unsettling as it is fun and charming.” As with all Creation-Centre releases, it’s free, free, free…