Inspiration Lab

Taku Satoh Design
March 11, 2010, 8:16 am
Filed under: Packaging | Tags:

After all my Japan posts I got a great tip to check out Designer Taku Satoh and his studio (THANKS!!). They do a lot of packaging and it’s really lovely work. Quite a modern approach to packaging but also a respect for Japanese tradition and materials. A perfect mix!

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March 1, 2010, 8:49 am
Filed under: Graphic Design, Packaging, Spatial Design | Tags: ,

I’ve mentioned Groovisions before but I simply must feature them again. They’re a Japanese agency and they do such wonderful work. They are behind the visual identity of two of my fave havens in Tokyo, places to take a bit of a time out. I’m talking about Cinagro and the 100% Chocolate Cafe. Last mentioned is double good as another of my fave agencies, Wonderwall, did the interior which is to die for.

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PS. If you ever get a chance to taste the 100% Chocolate hot chocolate you will think you have died and gone to heaven. It’s seriously worth going to Tokyo for in itself.

Interior from the temporary Isetan shop done by Wonderwall.

For the kid inside
February 24, 2010, 8:04 am
Filed under: Illustration/Art | Tags: ,

One of my fave shops in Tokyo is a childrens bookstore called Crayonhouse. I am not usually a fan of childrens’ books, I really detest the dull watercoloured illustrations that you see in most of the ones you get in Danish libraries. But you can’t imagine the amount of fantastic childrens’ books in this place, all beautifully illustrated. I always fall for the totally simple and clean ones, they are so well done and I could use each spread as a composition example in my teaching. So here’s just a selection from 3 books I bought.

July 5, 2008, 8:08 am
Filed under: Graphic Design, Packaging | Tags: ,

Today I want to share a visual identity with you. It’s for 100% Chocolate Cafe in Japan and it’s done by Japanese agency Groovisions. They specialize in packagaing and have done lots and lots of cover work for artists like Pizzicato Five.

The first time I saw these chocolates I thought they were travelsoaps, which might not be the best of associations. But when you see the entire identity it is really cool and they can get away with it. 100% Chocolate Cafe is definitely a place I would want to visit, both for the design and the yummy chocolate.

See more of Groovisions work here.

Visit 100% Chocolate Cafe here.

Kosuke Ikeda
June 20, 2008, 10:18 am
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Kosuke Ikeda is a fantastic Japanese illustrator who I noticed on a visit to Hong Kong. I love his use of patterns in his drawings.

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Takashi Iwasaki
March 6, 2008, 2:37 pm
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Some wonderful and colourful embroided illustrations from Japanese Takashi Iwasaki. Amazing work!

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