dividual inc.

  • Founded 2008 in Tokyo, Japan
  • Based in Tokyo, Japan

The startup, dividual inc. was launched in April 2008 by media artist Endo Takumi and information-science researcher Dominique Chen, later joined by creator Yamamoto Koichi in July of the same year. Based on their mantra, “People will always need people,” dividual has created works such as TypeTrace, which visualizes people’s typing patterns, and has also released and managed the community-based web service “rigureto” (2008 – 2017) and the photo messenger app “Picsee” (2015). dividual’s shareholders included many prominent angel investors such as the likes of Ieiri Kazuma and Director of the MIT Media Lab, Joi Ito. The company was acquired by SmartNews Inc. in January 2018; dividual continues to operate and manage their pre-existing services.

A new version of TypeTrace titled Last Words / TypeTrace by dividual inc. will be exhibited at the Aichi Triennale 2019. We are currently accepting "#10minLastWords" from the public on TypeTrace’s website.

TypeTrace’s website

Selected Works & Awards

[Internet Art Future] Reality in Post Internet Era, NTT InterCommunication Center [ICC], Tokyo, Japan
12th Japan Media Arts Festival, Art Division, Jury Selections, Tokyo, Japan
Haptic Literature, Tokyo Photographic Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan
  • The Way of TypeTrace ~ Maijo Otaro Edition, 2007