Word play

As the shelves in my apartment will attest, I like toys, so I'm thrilled to feature one this month: the Dainippon Type Organization's Toypography play set created for stationery and office supplier Kokuyo. This is not the first collaboration between the design unit and Kokuyo, who most notably produced a number of notebooks together in 2005 for Kokuyo's An collection. This time, play's the thing, with a product that turns typography into something everyone can take pleasure in. Each set is made up of pieces that form the name, in English and Japanese, of an animal — a bird, bear, fish, tiger, horse, monkey and rabbit. Of course, the fun lies in creating your own new shapes.