I am inspired, guys! I had a wonderful and transformative six weeks in Japan, and it's great to be back home. Along with its natural geographic beauty, Japan is famous for its general design sensibility. It was a goldmine of natural and man-made wonders.
After seeing such brilliant patterns, signage, graphics, logos, typography, and calligraphy, I couldn't help but fill my journal with new ideas for V&D. My favorite contemporary graphics and typography were very clean, concise, and practical -- and it was not uncommon that designers would balance any digital sterility with a tribute to the poetic imperfections that occur in nature. However, in terms of character and craftsmanship and wabi-sabi, the traditional Japanese signage takes the cake. There's something about white calligraphy on a wonky slab of dark wood -- so simple and humble, yet strong and elegant.
Put me to work! I'm eager to apply these ideas.
And if you want to see more photos from the trip, click here. :-)