a moment for fonts

a quick gush on my favorite go-to fonts.  (they may be a little cliché but i must gush.)


1. century gothic

i’ve been obsessed with this one for ages.  and as much as i am smitten with how beautiful no. 2 is, i personally come back to this baby.  here’s a shot of my business card and a wedding invitation i made last year.  / 私の定番中の定番。次のフォントも大好きですが、個人使用には必ずこちらに。自身の名刺&去年のお客様の結婚式招待状で使用しました。

century gothic

century gothic

2. helvetica neue : ultra light

i found this beauty on my computer one day while helping with my friend’s wedding program.  why hadn’t i noticed it sooner??  my recent wedding clients have liked clean gothic fonts and whenever i recommend this one, it’s a keeper.  / 友人の結婚式の式次第を作成中にパソコンにあったのを始めて気づきました。なぜもっと早く気づいていなかったのであろうか??最近のお客様でゴシック調が好きな方にはオススメしていますが、必ずこちらに決まります。

helvetica neue

helvetica neue

3. bodoni

read the small print.  nuff said.  /  「”i am in love with you”」「心底、狂うほど」


what i do

m i n o r i : graphic design / handmade cards / fashion design / japanese -> english translation

recently, a lot of my work are wedding related.  i design and handcraft wedding items.  anything from paper items to doggie collars and linen gift bags.  for my own wedding i designed and sewed my wedding dress and 6 bridesmaids dresses (yes i deserve to be called “crazy”).

aside from wedding jobs, i do logos, business cards, t-shirts, and other paper crafts.

here’s a little peek at my work space.




wedding invitation process
handcrafted wedding invitation process / 手作りウェディング招待状作業風景

wedding invitation
wedding invitations / ウェディング招待状

dog collars
dog collars / 犬の首輪

thank you bags
thank you gift bags [hand stamped “thank you :)”] / サンキュー巾着袋[手作業でスタンプも]

handmade stickers
handmade stickers [with tulle and gold spray paint] / ハンドメイドシール[チュールとゴールドスプレーカラー]

wedding card box
wedding card box [bottom tier is for decoration] / ウェディングカードボックス[一番下は土台用]

logo design
logo design for ASAHI GARDENER [hand painted / hand cut logo skateboard as a gift] / ロゴデザイン[ロゴはハンドペイントとハンドカット]

body form [i hope to get back to sewing soon!] / ボディ[そろそろ洋裁を復帰したいと思います!]

hi! my name is…

hi! my name is minori.  a japanese girl born and raised in the united states and who found herself in her motherland, japan, 17 years later.

fast forward 10 + years and i am a visual creator.  i love graphic design, making clothing and paper crafts.  i’ve worked as an assistant in and out of the fashion industry, but i’m a creator rather than a stylist or an editor.  you may find me introducing cute fashion items or products, but more than anything you’ll probably find me talking about my obsession with [eye-candy].

oh and some people are annoyed with the all-lower-case…. i’m sorry, i love it.  so at least for this time being, please bear with me because typography is another factor of graphics that i adore.

初めまして。とはいえ、このブログに登録してから既に2年ほど経っています。なので、改めて、「初めまして」です。m i n o r i です。

いちいち m i n o r i をローマ字にする理由はあります。変な日本語になる事もあります。。血は純日本人ですが、国籍、生まれ育ちはアメリカの2世になります。17歳で日本に留学して、10+年経ち、現在に至ります。