«With his deck waiting, back in the loft, an Ono-Sendai
Cyberspace 7. They’d left the place littered with the abstract white forms of the foam packing units, with crumpled plastic film and hundreds of tiny foam beads. The Ono-Sendai; next year’s most expensive Hosaka computer; a Sony monitor; a dozen disks of corporate-grade ice; a Braun coffee maker.»
Excerpt from Neuromancer, by William Gibson
Those of us who like Neuromancer have a lot of referents, names of objects and places imagined by William Gibson that evoke strong feelings. I suppose that this is part of the fan phenomenon.
The Ono-Sendai deck and the Hosaka computers are some of these objects. I think that the strength of the Ono-Sendai, for example, was enough to make a good T-shirt. My first idea was to create a console. Then the slogan «Break the ICE» came to my mind and I designed a sort of cube to represent the «ICE», but I wasn’t able to make something of my taste.
Working at the same time with the Hosaka logo, it all started to take form when I wondered how «Hosaka» would look written with Kanji characters. Hosaka, Ono-Sendai, Cyberspace 7, the «ICE»…a lot of good feeling-igniters gathered together in a T-shirt hard to ignore.
An Hosaka computer and an Ono-Sendai Cyberspace 7 deck. The perfect combination to break the ICE.
I started to play with many combinations of colors but I wasn’t able to decide about just one, so here they are the ones I liked the best.