Brye Kobayashi. Graphic Designer from Hawai‘i.
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Design, Illustration
For Joy / Spoken History

A book based on interviews with my own mother, and named after middle name, Joy. This book tells her personal story as a burn survivor from the time of the incident through her recovery. Over half her body’s skin was left broken and fractured from burning oil, and through various operations, therapy and prayers her skin was rebuilt. The book has a swivel-style form, referencing a Pantone swatch book. As the story progresses, the geometric shapes transform from shattered to a complex network, similar to the structure of the epidermis. The reverse of the book features a quote I’ve heard over and over through out my life; a lesson my mother learned the hard way: Let the house burn down.


My mother continues to amaze me with her strength, and not a day goes by that I don’t thank her for all that I have become.