HIMITSU issue 1 & issue 2
A series of book designs about secrets, “HIMITSU”, including 2 issues.
This is a project about people’s untold secrets. Over 100
responses from online anonymous questioners were gathered. Based on
those answers, I then created and edited 30 stories. Issue 1 goes from
the point of subjective “US”, while issue 2 is what we see from others,
hence reflects who we are.
Visually, I separate it by different materials, papers, photos, and
packaging. Overall, issue 1 can be described as “deep, hollow, unseen”
while issue 2 is “clear, light, displayed”. I used French fold for both
issues to cover each secret with a photograph. This is a protection, a
mimic, and a camouflage. Readers must uncover this layer to reach the
I was trying to focus on experimentation and innovation when creating
this whole project. I was thinking of book design and editorial design
as not part of commercial practice, but something that has a strong