Designing with Kanji, Japanese Character Motifs for Surface, Skin and Spirit
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Japanese kanji characters combine meaning with beauty and thus offer a unique medium for artistic expression. But if you don’t know the language, how do you find characters that say what you want...
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“[Designing with Kanji] is a simple and elegantly illustrated guide to common kanji (Japanese written words), that can be used to embellish a variety of art mediums ranging from tattoos to stationery, mugs, T-shirts, or just about anything else that has a surface. A representative selection of kanji are presented on a grid background, in a variety of fonts, to simplify their transferences and incorporation into the art of one's choice. Designing With Kanji is enthusiastically recommended as a fine and useful designer's aid.”—The Midwest Book Review
Shogo Oketani and Leza Lowitz are writers and translators who live in Tokyo and have deep connection to the San Francisco Bay Area.