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BLACK
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As designers committed to decolonizing our practices, we feel that it is important for us to help amplify Black voices that have historically been underrepresented within our discipline. We are using this site as a public platform in support of Black Lives Matter within our communities and beyond. We ask that you take some time alongside looking at our work, to explore these collected resources.

FOR DESIGNERS:

Dear white & non-Black POC designers
Where are the Black designers?
Decolonial Teaching in Action

FOR EVERYONE:

Anti-Racist Resource Guide: Become a better ally
A Radical Library (incl. books, texts, podcasts, & articles)
How to talk to people who disagree
How to support Black artists

Information about the KACHI-BUWA typeface is primarily relayed and circulated through a reproduced designed artifact─a newspaper. The specimen captures the expressive spirit of the typeface while presenting technical and typographic details.
KACHI-BUWA type specimen spreads.
The variable typeface is inspired by the “kiki-bouba” effect, a cognitive mechanism that demonstrates the non-arbitrary relationship between sound and form. KACHI-BUWA captures the “kikiest” and “boubaest” of Japanese onomatopoeic expressions and anything in between.
Onomatopoeic zines that explore the use of the typeface in several cultural and grammatical experimental contexts. Divided into four semantic sections: auditory, sensory, visual and emotional, the typographic zines help readers navigate Japanese onomatopoeia with a hovering cultural sensibility.
Left: Auditory Expressions
Right: Sensory Expressions
Visual landscape of Japanese onomatopoeic expressions, set in KACHI-BUWA.
Short video that captures the spirit of the project, accompanied by a special onomatopoeic performance by Hideki Takahashi.