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AKI MAKITA is a Japanese designer working in multiple design fields such as Web design, Graphic design and illustration. I studied Graphic design and Typography in BA (Hons) Graphic and Media Design course, at the London College of Communication, University of the Arts London, and graduated with 2.1 marks in 2009.  After graduation, I moved to Japan and worked as a Web designer in a design company. After having 5 years of working experience there, I relocated to Berlin, Germany in 2015 and worked as a freelance designer for 4 years.  Now I am back in my country and, currently live and work in Kyoto, Japan.
My design style is playful and colourful, and also I have a massive fascination for pattern design and symbols. 
I have a wide range of interests in digital design, handcraft, inclusive design and social design. I would like to deepen my relationship with society by using my design skill as a tool.
Apart from my profession, I enjoy trying different artistic expressions such as weaving, rubber stamping, and ZINE making with risograph print.

While in Germany, I participated in various projects and activities.

2015: started working with local Japanese artists as a craft team OMEN to express and create Japanese subcultures and handicrafts. Planned and held workshops at local elementary schools and community spaces.

2018: Launched a textile brand alt with a London-based designer. Selling products made from original textiles online and at design fairs in the UK.

2019: Found the art book collective ANDPRESS with artists living in Germany, France and Belgium, and showcased artworks at art book fairs and other events.

2019: Participated as a staff member in an artist residence no-mu organised by an artist Eikoh Tanaka in Kameoka, Kyoto. Took charge of design production and workshop planning.
2022: Started a little press POTLUCK PARTY in Kyoto, Japan. 
2009年 London college of Communication, University of the Arts London卒。グラフィックデザイン科にてタイポグラフィを専攻。


POTLUCK PARTY を始動。個人でのZine制作のほか、アートブックフェアやイベント等に参加・販売。

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