Translation Expanded: Japanese/English

Translation Expanded: Japanese/English is a letterform and language exploration created by Clay Cooper of the BFA Graphic Design Program at CSULB. It attempts to show how the Japanese language works and how it differs from English.

Japanese is uses three different scripts to make up the written language: Kanji (Chinese characters), Hiragana (modified Chinese characters), and Katakana (derived from Kanji, but used for translating phonetics from other languages).

The Japanese syntax order is Subject, Object, Verb. English is Subject, Verb, Object.

The web presence allows the viewer to remove and replace the scripts my clicking buttons to the right. Go there now.


Photos of the prints showing all Japanese scripts together (far left) and separated (three on right).


Showcased at Michael Osborne Design in San Francisco.

The interactive web presence is really the best way to understand how the scripts work together. Check it out!

Union Weekly: The Gauntlet: 2010: Editors vs. Staff

The Gauntlet 2010:  Editors vs. Staff
Volume 67
Issue 05
Sept 27 2010

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This was one of our more fun and silly issues, where a staff member suggested a tournament of sorts, between the editors and the staff. This tournament, he called The Gauntlet, and he already had all the rules and events! So basically, he made it up in High school in the middle of no where in Northern California, so the events were:
Strength: Weight Toss
Endurance: Wall Sit
Speed: Soda Chug
Creativity: Poems (Subway)
Brain Capacity: Memorization
Pissing Contest: Yes, we did.

If anything, read it for the Subway Haikus, they’re pretty good.

Anyway, design was inspired or just completely ripped off from the old Pee Chee folders in the 80s. Our Head Illustrator, Jeff Chang, did all the fantastic illustration, we were lucky he was experimenting with gestural drawing at the time! Check out his freaking website!!

Million Trees NYC – One Show Campaign

million trees nyc atlas admillion trees nyc bronze bull admillion trees nyc liberty ad

I was asked to help a team of copy writers, attending The Bookshop advertising school in LA, art direct a campaign for The One Show competition for Million Trees NYC. After failing at illustrating the campaign myself, I looked to a friend I knew could pull it off. My man Alex Gardner whipped these up in just two days, what a hero!

Organization: Million Trees NYC (One Show Competition)
Copy: Even the toughest New Yorkers have limits on what they can weather. For a cleaner, greener, milder city – Trees get it done.

The Weather Channel – Print Ads

These are the advertisements (spreads) I turned in for our Art Direction assignment for The Weather Channel. The style and art direction was inspired by Cassius Coolidge, a late 19th century painter who’s most known for his series Dogs Playing Poker. The ads were rendered with a Wacom tablet in Photoshop using the original paintings as reference.

Company: The Weather Channel
Tagline: Get to know the elements.

Union Weekly Cover – Rotting Education to the Core

Rotting Education to the Core
Volume 66
Issue 12
May 03 2010

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This week the Union attempts to tame the commotion of teacher lay-offs. Who’s most at risk and why? Plus a few personal stories from teachers in the district.

This cover art is a product of good old fashioned teamwork. The artists in the office got together to recreate the Union logo and headline in chalk. We found an open classroom and set up shop, the actual finished chalk image is about 4ft by 3ft. We initially tried to set up the angle of the table to meet perfectly with the perspective of the logo, but that proved impossible, especially because of focus issues; we wanted the apple to be the only fully focused item on the desk. Lastly, there was just not enough time for our fresh apple to get really moldy, so Photoshop to the rescue on that one.

Once again I could not have come close to pulling this off if it weren’t for Andrew Lee, our favorite Union photographer.

Union Weekly Cover – The Ace of All Trades


The Ace of All Trades: Adam Carolla on Everything from Podcasting to Giving up on Your Dreams
Volume 66
Issue 05
March 01 2010

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Our very own James Kislingbury travels to Adam Carolla’s hide out in Pasadena and interviews the hell out of him. A real interview with Adam Carolla, for reals, and it’s seriously worth reading so check it out.

Our super photographer Andrew Lee traveled the full distance for a short but generous 5 minute photo session. I grabbed the photo with the nicest composition for a cover, threw the text on there in Neutra, one of my favorite typefaces that I haven’t been able to use, and put together a simple, fun, ribbon design. My goal when working with photos is to get the text to read without covering up too much of the photo, this style of design worked well for this cover and I got to have some fun weaving the ribbon behind and in front of the Ace himself.

Union Weekly Cover – High Anxiety

High Anxiety

High Anxiety: Medical Marijuana Takes Root in Long Beach
Volume 66
Issue 02
February 08 2010

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This issue’s feature focuses on the recent and prospective Long Beach County marijuana zoning laws, interesting and well told by one of our more impressive journalists, Matt Dupree. Read the article on our website!

The design throws a nod to Charles Burns, an American cartoonist, illustrator and film director, particularly to his portrait illustrations for The Believer. It is also the Union Weekly’s first “Meta Cover.”

Super special thanks to Andrew Lee for taking the photo for reference use, your awesome, also, super special thanks to James Kislingbury for drawing up the cartoony smoke, I really had trouble with that, and last and definitely not least (big guy), thank you Beef, for letting us use your beautiful face yet again.

Propaganda, mock LACMA poster (Era 1940s)


Concept of exhibition poster; of early 20th century design for a modern day art expo.

For History of Graphic Design class.

This was a group project where my partner and I were assigned to the era of American Modernism. We attempted to recreate the airbrush textures of WWII propaganda posters as well as use of color contrast and simplified forms to invoke an uneasy feeling typical of that style. Akzidenz Grotesk Bold Condensed was used for the type as it was heavily used during the time period, 1920s-1950s.

Special props to Jack Curry,, for being an extremely ambitious partner for the project, your pretty awesome.

Union Weekly Cover – The Future is Tomorrow


The Future is Tomorrow
Volume 65
Issue 14
December 07 2009

Another cover for the Union Weekly; The Future is Tomorrow, 10 Technological Advancements for the Next Decade. View issue in super cool flash powered magazine web stuff:

Basically, we took a look at this guys art, Mark Weaver, and decided we wanted to totally rip him off, except do it in a futuristic style. All the images except for the logo were found. Bodoni, and Bodoni Classico Italic for the text. The quarter of a face pasted in the center of the image is Craig Venter, an American biologist and entrepreneur featured in the issue.