Sainsbury institute for the study of Japanese arts and cultures
I got into graphic design almost by accident.
I was incredibly fortunate to work with an very talented graphic designer at the Sainsbury Institute. His motto was always about bringing clarity and “kirei” or beautiful to the readers.
At the time, my primary role was to support academic research. But in between various projects, I began to work more and more on the institute’s graphic production needs from event posters, holiday cards, conference proceedings and annual reports. I particularly enjoyed working on reports as it gave me the opportunity to work with a number of contributors, such as academics, copy editors, proofreaders, photographers and print vendors.
The experience led me to learn InDesign fast. I also discovered my love of publication design.
As a Japanese art research institute, many of the official publications were made as bilingual documents. Learning to typeset in Japanese, which has distinct typesetting rules, sure came with a steep learning curve!
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