Doko Demo Design Deluxe

24 February ● 2 mins read ● 7 images

We are very excited to announce Doko Demo Design Deluxe, the latest book from Wordshape.

DDDD is a 200-page Japanese/English dictionary and phrasebook for graphic designers, artists, photographers, and culture enthusiasts.

Offset printed in 3 colors, DDDD is a softcover perfect-bound A5-size book filled with the terminology needed for assorted cultural practices. It includes diagrams of both Japanese and Latin typeface anatomy, and is chock-full of playful illustrations for each section.

Terms are grouped under general themes and topics including Shapes & Forms, Design Terms, Color, Design & Empire, Studying Culture, Design & Disaster, Propaganda, History & Geography, Nostalgia, Typography, Design Movements, The Modern, Digital Design, Photography, The “Feminine”, Painting, and Economics & Finance.

Features a lively intro by Ian, who co-designed DDDD along with Nicole Ann Yotsue Kimura. DDDD was edited by Ian, Nicole, Yuki Kameguchi, Iori Kikuchi, and Ayumi Watanabe. 

DDDD is the result of years of in-class research at Temple University Japan where over 100 students participated in putting together this book (and then the editorial team spent over a year fixing everyone’s homework).

Fluorescent green and neon yellow covers, fluorescent green inside covers, and black & white interior pages. DDDD is the much-expanded follow-up to our bestselling out of print phrasebook zine Doko Demo Design.

Looks great! Might have to get a copy. Is it in any shops in Tokyo, or just shipped online? Also, what cut of Hobo (?) is that - love how chunky it is!

Ian Lynam - Creative Director in Tokyo, Japan Ian Lynam Creative Director 27 February

Emile Holmewood Thank you! It’s available at Sailosaibin in Sasazuka. The typeface is Oh No Type Co’s Hobeaux.

This looks great! 😍😍😍 Congrats on the release, Ian!

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Ian Lynam

I'm a creative director in Tokyo, Japan

I'm a graphic designer, design educator, design critic and design writer who has been based in Tokyo for 16 years.

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