Kamon, or Japanese crests, have always intrigued me with their compact and elegant designs. When I was recently asked to create a simple, black and white logo and typeface for a text editing company called Mietz Edits (who occasionally deal with Japanese clients), I thought that I might be able to draw some inspiration from these old crests. The typeface that I ended up creating was directly inspired by a crest depicting folded paper. Maybe, long ago this crest belonged to a family of paper-makers or poets or bureaucrats… Since Mietz Edits deals with documents and paper, I thought it would be appropriate to reference the folded paper in the typeface. As for the logo, they wanted it to be a cat and so I chose to represent it with origami. Another idea for representing the cat, (which didn’t make the cut) was to have it comprised of editing symbols. I had a lot of fun conceptualizing this project.