We recently launched an e-commerce website for Shinkenchiku-sha, the definitive architectural publisher in Japan with international followers. As part of the project we designed a new logo that explains the fusion of two magazines: JA (Japan Architect) and a+u (Architecture+Urbanism).
We visited Japan in January this year for a kick-off meeting with the staff and to celebrate Oshogatsu (Japanese New Year). We started the project by extensive planning of their existing inventory and fulfillment system and how they would be integrated with the new website, a process that took nearly three months to finalize. Then we created design concepts that would allow the editorial team to publish content on the website on a daily basis to generate traffic.
The final, developed website is tablet- and touch-friendly and supports check-out in three international currencies. We’re extremely pleased with how it turns out and enjoys the amazing architectural photographs and articles published by the editors. Check out the live website at japlusu.com and a few slideshows on studiokudos.com.
Here are a few pictures from our trip to Japan.