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About our Studio

ICHIMOTO inc. is a creative studio in Brooklyn, New York.

What we do

Our services focus on Graphic Design, Brand Identify, Print & Digital Publishing, Presentation Design and Event Design. We serve to resolve any design problems and come up with the most effective and exciting visual solutions.

What we love

We simply love to make things. Things that excites our client, ourselves and most importantly the target audiences, visually and conceptually.

Who we are

Award winning creative director, Dan Ichimoto leads the studio with detailed craftsmanship of design. We are small as a studio but powerful, fast and flexible to work with our networks and our client’s team.

Our Works

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Tokyo Olympic

Branding

TOKYO 2020 OLYMPIC + PARALYMPIC EMBLEM PROPOSAL
Emblem design and its branding
Client:
公益財団法人 東京オリンピック•パラリンピック競技大会組織委員会
Designer: Hitomi Yasuda

SPREAD YOUR WINGS
“ORIGAMI”, the ancient Japanese art of folding paper, has became well known through out the world. The origami crane is the symbol of Japan and its history. It also symbolizes the athlete’s energy spreading wings with hope for their best record and for world peace. It represents the wish for people respecting each other, for the Olympic Games uniting the world, and for the launch to the brighter future of the world. The double cranes for Paralympic Games represent the equality of the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

いまや世界に通じる言葉となった「ORIGAMI」。私達が提案するエンブレムは、日本とその歴史文化の象徴であり、羽ばたく世界のアスリート達の姿であり、未来の平和への願いを込めた折り鶴である。全ての人が心一つに互いを認め合い、自己ベストを目指すオリンピックにおいて、日本と世界を結び、未来に繋ぐイメージに最も相応しいモチーフである。また、パラリンピックのエンブレムは、2羽の折り鶴を平等に並べた連鶴となっている。

SHAIR

Branding

SHAIR
Brand Identity
Client:
SHAIR

Brand identity and marketing consultation for a high-end hair salon in Greenwich Village, NYC.

Storefront Photography: Tomonori Iwata

That's voiceover!

Branding

THAT’S VOICEOVER!
Event Branding
Client:
SOVAS

Complete event branding for THAT”S VOICEOVER™.
THAT’S VOICEOVER!™ is an exciting, interactive, behind-the-scenes career event where the top agents and industry buyers come together with some of the top voice actors in the voiceover industry to reveal the practical steps to establishing and sustaining a career in this highly rewarding and intriguing field.

The Times Center Photo by Jeff Fasano

Voice Arts Awards

Branding

VOICE ARTS AWARDS
Event Branding
Client:
SOVAS

Complete event branding for Voice Arts® Awards.
Voice Arts® Awards honors and acknowledges the voice actors, creative directors, copywriters, casting directors, talent agents, directors, producers, audio engineers, account executives, equipment manufacturers, podcasters, bloggers and others who create and sustain the highest levels of achievement within the voiceover industry.

Yumita Shinkyuin

Branding

YUMITA SHINKYUIN
Client:
弓田鍼灸院

Brand Identity including logo, business card, visitors card, signages and the office front signage design.

Montage

Branding

MONTAGE
Client:
Montage Moving Sound and Billboards

Brand identity includes business card, media kit, flyers and the billboards design.

Sanzaru

Branding

SANZARU
Brand Identity
Client:
Sanzaru Japanese Restaurant

Brand identity including logo, business card, stationaries, menu, interior signages and other restaurant collaterals design.

Iyemon

Branding

IYEMON
Product Promotion
Client:
Suntory / Filter Advertising

Kaoru watanabe taiko center

Branding

KAORU WATANABE TAIKO CENTER
Client:
Kaoru Watanabe Taiko Center

Brand identity includes logo, poster, signage, post cards, T-shirts and more.

BEYOND by lexus

Interactive

BEYOND BY LEXUS
Mobile Magazine Design
Client:
Toyota Motor Corporation, DNP and HEAPS

We designed the smartphone format digital magazine for BEYOND by LEXUS, a owned media by Toyota Motor Corporation. The project includes the GUI, Icons, interactive gimmicks and the contents layout.“The comfortable awkwardness” was the theme of our design concept to drive readers to touch, flick and swipe to read more. We challenged the possibility of the magazine reading experience with the dynamic gimmicks with full of playful surprises yet that reflects the luxury driving experience of LEXUS cars in the palm of your hand.

We received Highly Commended Award for the DESIGNER OF THE YEAR in Digital Magazine Awards 2015 in London.

S’eee

Interactive

S’eee Mama & Baby - Edited by Emi Suzuki
Mobile Magazine Design
Client:
Shueisha Inc, DNP and HEAPS

A full, rich digital version of S’eee Volume 5 by Emi Suzuki, one of the top models in Japan. This is a purely fun and fashionable digital magazine that is filled with helpful information for anyone who is interested in stylish maternity life and lifestyle with babies. Look, touch, read and enjoy one of the most interactive mobile magazines in the market.

Lexus NX

Interactive

LEXUS NX
Interactive Ad
Client:
Toyota Motor Corporation, DNP and HEAPS

Start the engine, step on the gas to reveal the new LEXUS NX.

HEAPS

Interactive

HEAPS MAGAZINE
iPad Digital Magazine
Client:
HEAPS

We art direct, design and manage interactive gimmick production for one of the leading rich contents magazine in Japan, HEAPS.

MEW

Interactive

MEW
Interactive Ad
Client:
MEW

Tap to turn the lights on and reveal the underground izakaya, MEW.

CEDARS

Interactive

CEDARS Corporation
Website
Client:
Cedars Corporation

CEDARS provides commercial real estate services in Tokyo metro area.

Ajinomoto

Interactive

Ajinomoto
Microsite
Client:
Ajinomoto and dotmeta

Microsite design for Ajinomoto Innovation Alliance Program with dotmeta.

Man with a Mission

Graphics

MAN WITH A MISSION
Don’t feel the distance
Client:
SONY MUSIC RECORDS

EP Packaging

Man with a Mission

Graphics

MAN WITH A MISSION
When Devil Rises
Client:
SONY MUSIC RECORDS

EP Packaging

Miles Davis

Graphics

Miles Davis
The Cellar Door Sessions 1970
6 CDs Box set packaging
Client:
Legacy Recordings, Columbia Records RECORDS

Photography: Jim Marshall, Sandy Speiser, David Gahr, Art Maillet, Jan Persson, Urve Kuusik, Chris Poisson and David Redfern
Art Direction: Dan Ichimoto, Howard Fritzson and Seth Rothstein

Dan Ichimoto was nominated for Grammy Awards for best Boxed or Special Limited Edition Package design.

John Legend

Graphics

John Legend
Once Again
Album packaging
Client:
SONY MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT

Photography: Danny Clinch

Santana

Graphics

SANTANA
SANTANA
2 CD Album packaging (Reissue)
Client:
Legacy Recordings, Columbia Records

Original Cover Art: Lee Conklin

Billy Joel

Graphics

Billy Joel
12 Gardens Live
Album packaging
Client:
SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT

Bohemian

Graphics

Bohemian
MOBAY
Album packaging
Client:
Play Earth

Brown Rice Family

Graphics

Brown Rice Family
Havana to Kingston
Album packaging
Client:
Brown Rice Family

Photography (Inside and back cover): Kuo-Heng Huang

Britney

Graphics

Britney
The Singles Collection
Box Set Packaging
Client:
JIVE Records

Art Director: Meghan Foley

Epic SXSW

Graphics

Epic SXSW 2014
Poster
Client:
Epic Records

Danger

Graphics

Danger
Poster
Self Promotion Poster

Happy Holidays

Graphics

Happy Holidays
Poster
Self Promotion Poster

Rockandy

Graphics

Adam Lambert tour poster

Graphics

Automatic Loveletter

Graphics

Automatic Loveletter
Digital Single Cover

Masako Inkyo

Graphics

Masako Inkyo
Light and Shadow
Art book of Masako Inkyo’s works
Client:
Masako Inkyo

Urban Redefined

Graphics

East of Havana

Graphics

Hannya Shingyo

Calligraphy

Hannya Shingyo (The Heart Sutra)

The Heart Sutra is chanted several times daily in Zen Buddhist monasteries. It is called the Heart Sutra because it is the core of Zen Buddhism. The chant is also practiced by writing calligraphy to relax your mind, smell the ink, concentrate and meditate. It is one of the way of zen practice.

Ranteijo

Calligraphy

Ranteijyo / Lanting Xu

Preface to the Poems Collected from the Orchid Pavilion") or Ranteijyo/Lanting Xu is a famous work of calligraphy by Wang Xizhi, composed in the year 353. Written in semi-cursive script style, it is among the best known and often copied pieces of calligraphy in Chinese history. It is considered the master work of semi-cursive script style.

Senjin ni Manabe

Calligraphy

Hone Buto

Calligraphy

Mushin kore michi nari

Calligraphy

Mushin kore michi nari

This is a phrase meaning “no mindedness”. What is “no mindedness” mean? It is very philosophical and has deep meaning that I don’t understand. So, let me skip the meaning part of it ; ) I just know that I need more practice to understand it.

Hei jo shin

Calligraphy

Hei jo shin

One’s self-possession. One’s self-possession. Basically, the skill to keep one’s mind calm and clear in any situation or environment to be thoughtful and to make the best decision. I wish I could do that!

Shin nen

Calligraphy

Shin Nen

Belief or Faith. This word means easier compared to the other philosophical phrases I practiced in this series, but it’s so hard to obtain one’s belief at all time. I did this piece for Taisho, a friend of mine who has his strong belief in his heart.

Wao Motte Toutoshi to Nasu

Calligraphy

Wao motte toutoshi to nasu

Peaceful in precious. It presents the importance of the harmony and the balance in peace among all existence.

Mu yu Shin tai

Calligraphy

Calligraphy work for Spartas LLC

Kishibe

Calligraphy

Our Services

Our complete creative services make your brand and product magical.

Branding

Branding is the core of a company or a product. We create the complete brand identity from logos, stationaries, store signs to website to polish the core essence of the brands.
Let’s make it WORK!

Creative Direction

Our creative direction starts with understanding the culture and its trends. We provide the most stylish yet effective creative direction to strategically connect the client with their customers.
Let’s do it with STYLE!

Graphic Design

We generate dynamic visual solutions for print and digital media. Our graphic design service offers from sketching out the ideas, its production, to delivering the final product.
Let’s make something COOL!

Calligraphy

We believe that the traditional calligraphy is the origin of typography. We write traditional and contemporary Japanese calligraphy for logos, arts and titles.
Let’s write with ZEN mind!

Our Works

Client Experience

  • SONY MUSIC • Verve Records • Universal Music • box studios • Society of Voice Arts and Sciences • Sunstar • HEAPS • DNP • Toyota Mortor Corporation • Suntory • Ajinomoto and more

News

We will keep you posted with what we are up to.


2015 Voice Arts Awards

On November 15th, 2015, the 2nd annual Voice Arts Awards Gala was held at Pacific Design Center in Hollywood, CA. We are truly honored to receive the 2015 Voice Arts Award for exceptional achievement, Art Direction/Graphic Design/Branding - Outstanding Graphic Design. We are proud to be the part of the event’s branding with Society of Voice Arts and Sciences.


Digital Magazine Awards 2015

We are proud to be the winner of Highly Commended Award in the category of “Designer of the Year” in the Digital Magazine Awards 2015. The design was for BEYOND by LEXUS mobile magazine app. The award ceremony was held in London `on November 11th, 2015. We were lucky to be there with our designer, Shino Okawara and the BYOND team from DNP and HEAPS.

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Keep in Touch

Are you ready to start your project? Give us a call or drop us a line.

Phone

917-312-1310

Email

info@ichimoto.com

Address

540 President Street, 3FL
Brooklyn NY 11215

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