KIYOSHI AWAZU: MY DESIGN HERO
Multi-media project about the design philosophy of Japanese avant-garde graphic designer: Kiyoshi Awazu. In mediums across print, mobile, web, and animation, I portrayed Awazu's whimsical and psychedelic illustrative style.
✿ PRINT DESIGN ✿ GRAPHIC DESIGN ✿ UI DESIGN ✿ WEB DESIGN ✿ ANIMATION
Stop - Motion Animation
Analog cut-paper stop motion animation on Awazu's design philosophy. I wanted my animation to be playful, whimsical, yet elegant by emphasizing the hand-drawn quality of Awazu's illustrations through analog stop motion. I hand cut and photographed every frame and image!
7 frames per second, 544 frames
Mobile + Web Experience
The interactive app and website consists of a timeline of Awazu's accomplishments, a brief biography, a gallery of his most famous pieces, as well as other graphics and animations highlighting his quotes and visual style.
Play with the live site here!
This project was definitely a whole production! I learned a lot about designing across multiple platforms, as well as how to create a consistent, cohesive, yet refreshing visual system across all mediums. This is one of my favorite projects, and I hope I was able to capture the surrealist playfulness of Awazu’s visual style in my work. The way that Awazu deconstructs traditional Japanese graphics to create psychedelic and immersive visual experiences is so captivating, and I had a lot of fun entering into his world of flying turtles, rainbow heads, hands, flowers, and other strangely beautiful physiognomic forms.