Koken is a CMS and development platform aimed at offering photographers, designers and artists a different kind of publishing experience. Focused primarily on images, Koken can be used on your own web server and offers robust publishing tools for fully customizable websites.
In traditional Japanese theater, a 'koken' is a black-clad stage assistant. They work on the stage invisibly, handling scenery, props and assisting actors providing a functional framwork for the play.
Our project for Koken encompassed the design of their full identity system. For the Koken marque - we based the distribution of the type within the square on the idea of the 'O' taking center stage - supported by the surrounding characters. The 'O' represents the focal point, the placement of the lens on a camera and the artist (whether it be the user of the CMS or the main actor of a Nôh theater) at the center of his creative work.