Craig Mod is a writer, photographer, and walker. He creates essays, books, podcasts and newsletters based on the intersection of his core interests. A lot of his work focuses on walking in Japan, publishing, startups and photography.
You can learn more at on About page.
He runs the Walk Kumano website, which contains notes and tips on walking the Kumano Kodo UNESCO World Heritage pilgrimage routes
CraigMod.com is Craigs main website. It hosts his essays, podcasts, membership program and information about his books.
Special Projects is a membership program. Members get exclusive perks as well as supporting Craigs work.
On Margins is a podcast about making books.
Check out the podcast.
Kissa by Kissa
Kissa by Kissa is a book about walking 1,000+km of the countryside of Japan along the ancient Nakasendō highway, the culture of toast (toast!), and mid-twentieth century Japanese cafés called kissaten.
The first edition sold out in 2 days. By comparison, Art Space Tokyo took 6 weeks to sell $24k. Koya Bound took 3 weeks to sell $60k.
He shared behind the scenes details in his newsletter: Kissa — Second Edition and Book Goals.
The journey was featured at:
Koya Bound features photography from Kumano Kodo, a UNESCO World Heritage pilgrimage path in Wakayama, Japan.
The project was launched via a successful Kickstarter Campaign. 596 backers pledged $64,225
He wrote about designing the book at To Make a Book, Walk on a Book.
Art Space Tokyo
Art Space Tokyo is an intimate guide to Tokyo and its art world. It was was co-authored by Ashley Rawlings and Craig Mod.
You can learn more about it at:
- The official website
- Kickstartup: Successful fundraising with Kickstarter.com & (re)making Art Space Tokyo
He cofounded the storytelling community Hitotoki. Hitotoki – also called Hi.Co – was a writing platform where each piece began on a smartphone.
He wrote more about closing it at Archiving Our Online Communities.
You can also check out his Hitotoki archive.
- In 2016, he was a resident at the VCCA in Virginia.
- He frequently lectures at the Yale Publishing Course.
- In 2011-2012, he worked at Flipboard as a product designer. His main focus was Flipboard for iPhone.
- Craig Mod: I Want My Attention Back!
- Offscreen Magazine Interview Notes on writing, publishing, startups, life, and disconnection