The Japan Foundation, Manila x 石巻工房 Ishinomaki Laboratory

Art Direction, Event things

I was given the opportunity to help out with Ishinomaki Laboratory ’s 2018 Manila visit. Pretty fortunate for me to have been part of this because I’m a huge fan of the furniture design studio. Their main philosophy on empowering people to design and build on their own (and for their community) is something I truly believe in. 

The visual direction for this year’s event was inspired by the thoughtful simplicity of Ishinomaki Laboratory’s work—always purposeful about form and function.

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Photography by Jar Concengco






Simple wayfinding was implemented, as it was necessary to direct people to the venue within a large compound. High contrast monochrome A3 posters were made, with a desktop printer available on-site.




Mock-ups by Bad Student


The ‘DIY + Design’ theme of Ishinomaki Laboratory’s work trickled down to the execution of the zine-catalog we produced, in collaboration with risograph studio, Bad Student . It was intended to feel like an assemblage, each piece working on its own and together as bound by a fastener.


Design and Risograph Production: Bad Student 
Writing: Marc J. Ocampo
Editorial Direction and Content Management: Claudine Rodriguez






A short documentary was produced by Jakarta-based SPARC Stories , focusing on the collaboration between the student participants and Manila community members.


Direction: Yusgunawan Marto
Editing: Adhytia Putra
Titles + English Translation: Claudine Rodriguez