Japanese graphic design enjoys a unique reputation in the design world, with a distinct aesthetic that makes it instantly recognizable to experts and amateur designers alike. This book explores this unmistakable discipline from all angles, from historical and cultural backgrounds of the form to contemporary work.
Control your spending, save money, regain peace of mind, and make your life happier and healthier with Kakebo-the traditional Japanese method of money management that is still widely used today. Having enough money to live is one of the most important factors affecting our health. Trying to balance expenses-utility bills, housing, healthcare, food, and for many, the costs of raising children (not to mention paying for college!)-leaves us worried and stressed. But there is a solution: Kakebo, a practical, proven method that helps you keep track of every penny, manage spending, and save up to thirty percent more! With this invaluable guide you´ll interact with your spending every day for two years, and learn how to manage your personal budget. Designed like a diary, it allows you to record all your daily expenses week by week so you can see exactly where your money goes. Each day is divided into four categories: 1. primary needs-food, personal hygiene, children; 2. optional needs-shopping, cosmetics, gifts; 3. culture and free time-restaurants, books, entertainment; and 4. extras/foreseeable expenses-such as travel, repairs, tuition, and taxes. Kakebo begins with setting a monthly budget. At the beginning of each month, enter your fixed incoming funds and outgoing expenses, and set a savings target. Then, each day, record your various expenses. By keeping close tabs on what you´re spending, you´ll be able to identify the waste and see the most significant areas where adjustments can be made. Kakebo also offers practical and motivating tips that teach you how to save more successfully. Kakebo isn´t just about money-it helps to develop self-awareness, self-discipline, and self-esteem, and promotes peace of mind. Best of all, you can begin any time of year-individually marking the months and days without wasting any pages. Plus, its simple yet inviting for-color graphics help you break down each expense and easily identify see where adjustments need to be made.
Études is a fresh and a comprehensive look at a hot fashion-and-art at collective, documenting its evolution into an arbiter of contemporary cool. Based in Paris and Brooklyn, Etudes is one of most innovative brands in fashion and street wear today. With a look dominated by bold graphics and a sleek, relaxed silhouette intended for both men and women, the brand´s unique, transatlantic style has drawn a young, sophisticated following. Established in 2012 by Aurélien Arbet and Jérémie Egry, Études´ star rose rapidly, making it on the official calendar of Paris Fashion Week less that two years after its founding. Occupying a role more in keeping with insurgent Japanese brands from Harajuku, Études is a fashion label, a creative agency and publishing house with a focus on art & photography. With a goal of becoming a total lifestyle label, the brand´s approach is demanding, coherent, consistent and resolutely contemporary. This book presents the wide array of fashion, art, and style that Études has facilitated since its founding. Filled with over 200 photographs and illustrations documenting work and collaborations with highly applauded artists and brands including Kara Walker, Ari Marcopoulus, RETROSUPERFUTURE, Devonte Hynes, Matthew Chambers, Mark Gonzales as well as a selection of interviews and essays commissioned specially for this book, Études is an engaging volume that highlights an ethic of collaboration that is one of the most fashion-forward of any contemporary fashion and street wear labels.
Memorising kanji readings is one of the biggest hurdles when learning Japanese. The Kanji Code teaches a systematic method of learning the readings of kanji or Chinese characters. By studying phonetic components and other visual clues, students of Japanese can reduce their reliance on rote memorisation and feel more in control of their learning. What people are saying ´´An invaluable resource. Natalie has compiled a lot of valuable information in the form of a book that students can carry around. This can be a textbook, a reference book or a dictionary. It explains very well the relationship between kanji and kana, kanji and phonetic code, and kanji and visual code. Many of the phonetics listed here are the same ones my research identified as being useful for students of Japanese. The idea of seeing the relationships between kanji through a common visual feature is also original and very interesting. I will be recommending it to my students.´´ --Dr Etsuko Toyoda, Asia Institute, University of Melbourne The Kanji Code teaches 150 phonetic components - the key to the readings of 450+ kanji characters. You will also learn the link between kanji, hiragana and katakana - and use it to remember the ON readings of 50+ common kanji characters. In addition, you will learn how visual features like shape and patterns like stripes can give a clue to the ON reading of 170+ kanji characters. The book contains an easy to read explanation of the keisei or form-sound kanji characters, to deepen your understanding of the components and their functions. Graphics show the visual connection between kana and kanji, and visual similarities between kanji with the same or similar readings that would otherwise be overlooked. The visual approach will especially appeal to visual learners and students interested in art and design. Each kanji features ON and kun readings, English meanings and example words. Kanji readings are written in romaji so they can be read by students of all levels. The Kanji Code also includes several detailed indexes for ease of searching and improved understanding of kanji composition. The innovative radical index includes the English names of radicals and is sorted not by stroke order but by subject, making it more intuitive to non-native Japanese speakers.