TDC Shin Sobue+Hidenori Yoshioka
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2011
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Shin Sobue+Hidenori Yoshioka

UMEZZ PERFECTION! “Watashi wa Shingo (My Name is Shingo)”

Shin Sobue+Hidenori Yoshioka|UMEZZ PERFECTION! “Watashi wa Shingo (My Name is Shingo)”
Shin Sobue+Hidenori Yoshioka|UMEZZ PERFECTION! “Watashi wa Shingo (My Name is Shingo)”
Shin Sobue+Hidenori Yoshioka|UMEZZ PERFECTION! “Watashi wa Shingo (My Name is Shingo)”
Shin Sobue+Hidenori Yoshioka|UMEZZ PERFECTION! “Watashi wa Shingo (My Name is Shingo)”

UMEZZ PERFECTION! “Watashi wa Shingo (My Name Is Shingo)” (Book Design)

Considering its direct connection to the content it involves, typography plays an important role, especially in the realm of books. Book design is no longer limited to the cover alone, as today’s book designer has to consider a wide range of factors related to the main text layout, the types of paper used, bookbinding, and even cost calculation and distribution. UMEZZ PERFECTION! is the title of a series of Manga books by Kazuo Umezu incorporating new designs, for which I teamed up with Hidenori Yoshioka. Each book has its own individual character, and we attempted to respond to this with an array of different design solutions to match the respective content. If you have the opportunity, pick them up and see for yourself. (Sobue)

 

Watashi wa Shingo (My Name is Shingo) is a Manga that illustrates the boundary between the world of children and that of adults. In order to highlight the tension of the two protagonists, Satoru and Marin, as they gradually approach the end of the time that allows them to live as children, we came up with a pagination style that suggests the “ticking-away” of time. Bookmaking using a combination of totally different materials was inspired by the idea to stress the work’s general undercurrent of a“ sense of discomfort when two conflicting elements approach each other.” My heartfelt thanks go out to all those who supported us throughout our repeated experimentation. (Yoshioka)

Shin Sobue+Hidenori Yoshioka

Shin Sobue
Shin Sobue was born in Aichi Prefecture in 1959 and graduated from the Art Department of Aichi Prefectural Asahigaoka High School in 1977. He left the Department of Graphic Design at Tama Art University in 1980. In 1990, he established his own design company “cozfish.” In 1993. Currently, he is creating his first collection book titled “Shin Sobue + cozfish”, which will introduce all work by cozfish (to be published by Pie Books).

 

Hidenori Yoshioka
Hidenori Yoshioka was born in Shizuoka Prefecture in 1976 and graduated from Tokyo Communication Arts, a professional training college, in 1997. After working for several design offices, he joined cozfish in 2003. He will be independent by early summer 2011.