Fukuoka Castle is the brain child of Tom Brooke, and is an up and coming creative hub for artists based in Japan to showcase their talents at various events throughout the year. I was commissioned to design an identity that will capture what the organisation is all about across various media both static and animated for major events throughout the Fukuoka region of Japan.
The chosen symbol itself is a combination of the Fukuoka Prefecture flag and the Fukuoka city flag and can be described as – an explosion of talent, a central hub of creativity, funnelling from all directions, multi-directional trumpet shape announcing and promoting acts, a flower like symbol showcasing blossoming talent.
The red stamp (picture 10) is something known as Inkan. It is a seal, in an East Asian context, and is a general name for printing stamps and impressions thereof which are used in lieu of signatures in personal documents, office paperwork, contracts, art, or any item requiring acknowledgment or authorship. China, Japan, Taiwan, and Korea currently use a mixture of seals and hand signatures, and increasingly, electronic signatures.
On picture 11 you will see quite a deviation from the flower symbol. This was a request from the client who wanted me to explore a more richly historic but contemporary crest theme to give a British look and feel and tap into a growing trend for regal iconography.