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de quarterly - inaugural preview issue

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内容"de" quarterly inaugural preview issue #0
design review from japan timely through timeless
English Edition


The inaugural issue of a Japanese digital design quarterly which explores the history of design from a contemporary vantage. The inaugural preview issue #0 will be available as a free download for a limited time (2 months).


epjp is a digital publisher, specializing in electronic publications about design and art. The inaugural preview edition of de is our first iOS application.

1. de’s theme: A Japanese design magazine
As a design magazine, de’s subject is an aesthetic sensibility that was born and nurtured by the Japanese quotidian, and can be seen in the ways that cutting edge design practices incorporate the traditional (timeless) and contemporary (timely). This inaugural preview issue (#0) takes on the subject of “Books as Technology,” cutting a broad swath through 1000 years of history while investigating everything from 12th century "Tale of Genji" scrolls to the 21st century graphic design of David Carson.

2. de’s mechanics: layered layout.
To some extent, de is an experiment which could only be attempted in digital form. This inaugural preview issue (#0) presents a “layered layout,” wherein the text has been folded into multiple layers of images. This affords the reader a number of reading experiences—each page can be enjoyed as a single composition, layers can be dragged to one side in order to expose text, and images can be isolated for individual consumption.


Inaugural Preview Issue Contents

[Special Edition] Books as Technology
A dynamic tour through the design, theory, and technology of books, via epoch-making works of art. Included works/authors: saga-bon, Kitagawa Utamaro, William Blake, Jules Chéret, Terry Jones, David Carson, and many others.
Text: Yasuhito Nagahara, “Book Technology”

[Special Series 1] Chihiro Minato - “verticalhorizontal—The Image in a Hyperdigital Era”
No 0: Dimensions Beyond

[Special Series 2] Masayuki Akamatsu - “Reality and Mobility”
no. 0: A Real Reality

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