I’ve come across an interesting project online called Inadvertent Haiku. It molds up current affairs into a succinct snippet for a reader’s pleasure. Of course, this isn’t really haiku, it’s a lot more like a tweet in 5–7-5 verse. The illustrations are lively and journalistic, and I wish they would be more integrated with the typography as single pieces of work. Interesting site to peek at on a regular basis.
Today, I’m continuing with another haiga, a piece of design based on the combination of poetry and image. Saturating myself in haiku of late is exposing me to the zen of crafting these pieces, and hopefully leading to a better understanding of the ultimate brand for Haiku Den. Once again, I’ve traveled down the path of fully embracing the service or product of my client, and I trust that it will strengthen the decisions for visuals that represent them in the end.
But right now I have a few more haiga to explore because they are great design studies and, well, they’re fun. This one is from the Knopf published Haiku, selected by Peter Washington. I find it particularly brilliant and zen because even something so seemingly wizened and perfect as an ancient pine tree still has not reached the summit of the Buddha. One can only wistfully envision oneself as such, even at an old age.