ONE STROKE BOOKS
Created by graphic artist Katsumi Komagata, these beautiful three-dimensional books take children on journeys of imagination and wonder. Within its pages, fish swim into unknown waters, layers of clouds ripple across the sky, and stars fizz across the galaxy in showers of gold.
Inspired by the birth of his daughter, this colorful seven-piece series embodies Komagata’s mission to create a universal storytelling language that every child can understand regardless of language, culture, or disability.
One Stroke Books are inspired by the wonder and struggles children all over the world face as they grow up. From children struggling to make sense of the loss of a beloved father to the ephemereal feeling that you are different, designer Komagata draws inspiration from children who take special comfort in storytelling. Books are written in Japanese, French, and English, so that children from all over the world can read along.
One Stroke's books contain a multitude of three-dimensional shapes, textures, and color schemes that lend themselves not just to visual artistry but also to tactile reading. Pages fill with unique textures, dye-cut designs, pop-up accents and an almost musical story structure. By creating highly tactile projects, One Stroke aims to create forums for communication free of restrictions like language, culture, disabilities, or discrimination. Its mission, simply put, is to create universal design.
KATSUMI KOMAGATA, DESIGNER
Katsumi Komagata was born in Shuzuoka Prefecture and worked as a graphic designer in the United States after apprenticing under poster designer Kazumasa Nagai. After returning to Japan in 1983 he founded One Stroke, which began as a graphic design studio and later grew into a publishing house. With the birth of his daughter, Komagata began to create picture books, including tactile and sign-language books for children with disabilities. He has held shows and workshops all over the world and continues to create beautiful works of art within the bound page. His books have won two Good Design Awards, along with a multitude of other honors.