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Akira Kobayashi “Moji Design Conversation” Talk Event Vol. 2—Creating a Brand Voice

REPORT

Event Date : 2017.10.12

Akira Kobayashi “Moji Design Conversation”
Talk Event Vol. 2—Creating a Brand Voice

Akira Kobayashi is Type Director at Monotype, which boasts a 130-year history in Germany.
He is involved in a wide range of work,
from production direction of typeface design to the planning and drafting of new typefaces and proposals and creation of custom corporate fonts.
We invited Mr. Kobayashi for a talk event on October 12th, 2017 on typefaces and letters.
In the second half of this report, we will reexamine familiar letters from a creation standpoint,
using questions gathered from within Nippon Design Center (NDC).

Akira Kobayashi “Moji Design Conversation”  Talk Event Vol. 1—Creating a Brand Voice

REPORT

Event Date : 2017.10.12

Akira Kobayashi “Moji Design Conversation”
Talk Event Vol. 1—Creating a Brand Voice

Akira Kobayashi is Type Director at Monotype, which boasts a 130-year history in Germany. He is involved in a wide range of work, from production direction of typeface design to the planning and drafting of new typefaces and proposals and creation of custom corporate fonts. We invited Mr. Kobayashi for a talk event on October 12th, 2017 on typefaces and letters. In the first half of this report, we will take a close look at the site of production of corporate fonts through several examples.

Denmark and Tokyo, The Cement Linking the Two. Vol.4 “So, to the future...”

INTERVIEW

Event Date : 2017.04.20

Denmark and Tokyo, The Cement Linking the Two.
Vol.4 “So, to the future...”

Denmark is considered one of the happiest countries in the world, based on its high ranking in the World Happiness Report survey. Helene Øllgaard came to work at the Nippon Design Center (NDC) from the local design company Kontrapunkt as part of the ‘employee exchange program’. Listen to her experiences in this four-part series. The final session covers the future of design and creativity in Japan and Denmark. Reflecting back on the experience of living in Tokyo to consider future work and life and considering as follows: what should be conveyed through this ‘learning’ to the next generation that will take on manufacturing?

Denmark and Tokyo, The Cement Linking the Two. Vol.3 “Design and Creative aspects”

INTERVIEW

Event Date : 2017.04.20

Denmark and Tokyo, The Cement Linking the Two.
Vol.3 “Design and Creative aspects”

Denmark is considered one of the happiest countries in the world, based on its high ranking in the World Happiness Report survey. Helene Øllgaard came to work at the Nippon Design Center (NDC) from the local design company Kontrapunkt as part of the ‘employee exchange program’. Listen to her experiences in this four-part series. The third part of the series looks at what spurred Helene to take her present job, what then ensued and the impact on her art and design. What is Helene’s view of what positive creative work entails, given the Danish reputation for excellent products and interiors?

Denmark and Tokyo, The Cement Linking the Two. Vol.2 “All about work”

INTERVIEW

Event Date : 2017.04.20

Denmark and Tokyo, The Cement Linking the Two.
Vol.2 “All about work”

Denmark is considered one of the happiest countries in the world, based on its high ranking in the World Happiness Report survey. Helene Øllgaard came to work at the Nippon Design Center (NDC) from the local design company Kontrapunkt as part of the ‘employee exchange program’. Listen to her experiences in this four-part series. The second part covers the approach to work in Denmark, known for its comprehensive welfare system. We discuss issues such as balancing work and home life, ensuring individual projects progress efficiently and the differences in the work approaches employed in Tokyo and Denmark respectively.

Denmark and Tokyo, The Cement Linking the Two. Vol.1 “Values of Living”

INTERVIEW

Event Date : 2017.04.20

Denmark and Tokyo, The Cement Linking the Two.
Vol.1 “Values of Living”

Thanks to its lofty position in the World Happiness Report survey, which rates over 150 countries, Denmark is considered one of the world’s “happiest nations”. Ms. Helene Øllgaard, a project manager from the Kontrapunkt design firm, travelled from this country, famed for its excellence in design, to Japan and worked at the Nippon Design Center (hereinafter referred to as ‘NDC’) on a so-called ‘employee exchange program’ for three months. Listen to her experiences in this four-part series, the first of which tackles differences between the cultures in Denmark and Tokyo, referencing the Tokyo experience.