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Shin Sobue


Shin Sobue (1959) is a graphic designer and art director. He studied Graphic Design at the Faculty of Art and Design at Tama Art University in Tokyo but did not complete his degree. After working for the Kosakusha publishing company from 1981 to 1988, he set out on his own as an independent designer. In 1993 he called his company cozfish.

In 2005 an exhibition of his work entitled Shin Sobue + cozfish was presented at the Ginza Graphic Gallery in Tokyo. He is endlessly fascinated by the possibilities of font design and supervised the publication of Font Book, Japanese Fonts Version and Font Book, Traditional and Fancy Fonts Version.

His book designs are always exciting and brimming with delight. His work derives its strength from the ingenuity with which he combines the layout of the text and the cover design. The clear structure and presentation of every book design he produces simply adds to the appeal of his work. If something proves difficult, he approaches it from a different angle in order to turn the creative process into an enjoyable experience.

He works on a surprisingly wide range of genres that includes novels, cultural textbooks, photographic books, picture books and comic strips. His work is widely acclaimed and has won several awards, including the Kodansha Publishing Culture Prize. Shin Sobue has attracted a large following of fans not only for his work, but also because of his personality.
nijntje in twee dimensies
The title of his statue is nijntje in twee dimensies [Miffy in two dimensions]. ‘I made a point of simply drawing outlines to help Miffy find her way back to her original environment: the world of picture books.’