TypograFriday: Japan

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So, we went to Japan a year ago with our friends and RISD classmates Tim, John and Alex. Three graphic designers, an architect and a uh fashion designer/graphic designer/architect. For those of you who are one or more of these things, take it from me: Japan is so frickin’ awesome.

We went around taking pictures of everything because seriously everything was so rad. We shot manhole covers. We shot shrines that seemed more picturesque than possible. And being designers we took pictures of a lot of type. On this, our second installment of font-y Friday, we’d like to show you a few.

From engraved bilingual signs:

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to city signs at night:

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to beautifully simple packaging:

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to hand-lettered city block maps:

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to adventurous department store logo treatments of Roman characters (Parco does their logo in a bunch of different ways):

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to Katakana done tuscan style:

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and of course funny translations:

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Oh and the train system map looks like this and yet is always on time. Incredible:

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