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Doko Demo Design Deluxe!

February 21, 2022

Doko Demo Design Deluxe 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 VCFA faculty Ian Lynam, who designed the book with Nicole Ann Yotsue Kimura. Edited by Nicole, Ian, Yuki Kameguchi, Iori Kikuchi and Ayumi Watanabe.

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