IDEA #381

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This issue of IDEA is a wide-ranging look at transdisciplinary approaches to design, encompassing book design, installation, hybrid art/design, type design, independent book fairs and exhibition-making.

IDEA Magazine Annual Subscription!

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We are pleased to offer annual subscriptions to IDEA, Japan’s leading graphic design magazine to the world!

Nihon-ji Freestyle Complete

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A collection of beautiful hand-drawn lettering by Shigeru Inada (1926-2009) that charts assorted unique approaches to lettering from the 1960s through the 1990s.

IDEA #380

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This issue of IDEA explored the work of legendary graphic designer and artist Tadanori Yokoo, Otl Aicher’s identity for Isny, a history of Toshihiro Katayama, Philippe Apeloig, Postalco and more!

Start Somewhere by Ian Lynam

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Start Somewhere is a 76-page handbook about how to become a designer who writes. Most designers grapple with generating their own content. This zine is full of writing about *how* to write and more importantly, how to get started.

KYARY PAMYU PAMYU ARTWORKS 2011-2016 | STEVE NAKAMURA

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This 272-page, full color English/Japanese bilingual book explores the art direction, design, and art that has both surrounded and defined the career of Harajuku-centered musician and fashion model Kyary Pamyu Pamyu.

Cannibals & Kirimomi Display

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Cannibals is a brand new 92-page booklet by Ian Lynam comprised of a handful of new essays about design, education, hope, dread, delight, misery, and of course, sex. It is typeset in a brand new family of digital typefaces called Kirimomi Display.

Cornelius X IDEA: Mellow Waves

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This new 128-page softcover book was released in conjunction with the release of Cornelius’ latest album “Mellow Waves”. Included is a CD single of a new song available only with Cornelius X IDEA: Mellow Waves.

IDEA #379

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This issue of IDEA is largely devoted to the expansive body of work in book design by Japanese graphic designer, typographer, writer, and editor Suzuki Hitoshi.

IDEA #378: Food & Gastronomy

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Food, meet graphic design. Graphic design, meet food. Critical graphic art that centers around food or uses food as a foothold within the context of Western modern graphic design.

Doko Demo Design

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Doko Demo Design / どこでもデザイン is a fully bilingual 68-page phrasebook of Japanese and English graphic design terminology. Add to Cart Sections within include: 2D Design Basics, Shapes & Forms, Colors, Design Adjectives, Typography, Design Movement-related Terms, and Digital Design Terms. Also included are extremely handy anatomical charts of Japanese typography and Latin typography. Printed […]

Coloring

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Coloring Inside the Lines/Coloring Outside the Lines is a 36-page handbook about what the hell to do when you are about to graduate from design school.

IDEA #377

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IDEA #377 is largely about the emerging generation of Japanese graphic designers, as well as looking at an undiscovered or unexamined global history of typography, contemporary speculative design approaches, and graphic design today.

IDEA #376 – Graphic designers and exhibitions

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IDEA #376 is dedicated to graphic designers and graphic design exhibitions yesterday, today and tomorrow.

IDEA #375: Phenomenology of Koichi Sato

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IDEA #375 is largely devoted to the work of Japanese graphic designer Koichi Sato, a quietly poetic designer whose delicate color motifs and metaphysical forms are expressed through hazy auras and glowing luminosity.

Underground Punk Rock Vinyl Archives 1976-1985

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Underground Punk Rock Vinyl Archives 1976-1985 by Masanobu Itagaki is the *definitive* visual guide to First Wave Punk.

IDEA #374: Detour, the 13 movies of Juzo Itami

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IDEA #374 is a wild mix of the contemporary, the historical, the political and the aesthetic with work by SPIN, Åbäke, Karl Nawrot, Na Kim, Radim Pesko, Fraser Muggeridge, Lance Wyman and more!

IDEA #373: Post Independent Magazines

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IDEA #373 is a look at contemporary self-published and indie magazines.

IDEA DOCUMENT 2: Type & Typography

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IDEA DOCUMENT is compilation book series that collects specific features from the past two decades of IDEA Magazine. IDEA DOCUMENT 2: Type & Typographycollects thirty articles about both Latin and Japanese typefaces and typography.

IDEA #372: DAIJIRO OHARA

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IDEA #372 is an excellent look at the work of Daijiro Ohara, one of Japan’s most popular and award-winning young designers. Ohara’s graphic work is helping to define contemporary Japanese design aesthetics.

IDEA #371: IDEAPEDIA

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IDEA #371 is based on the theme of “Ideapedia”, a lexicon of contemporary thought amongst some of the best designers working today. IDEA’s editorial staff asked individual designers to help them create an illustrated encyclopedia/reference book consisting of keywords, visual images, and texts written by the designers that highlight what is most pressing for graphic designers today.

Parting It Out by Ian Lynam

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Parting It Out is a collection of essays spanning much of Graphic Design as it applies to aspects of contemporary culture – from the Olympics to Japan to typography to R. Kelly to Cuba to sign painting.

IDEA #370

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Most of IDEA #370 is based on the theme “Thought and Design” and features inventories of design thinkling from the 1960s through today. Included are extremely rare works by Tadanori Yokoo, Kiyoshi Awazu, and Kohei Sugiura, a feature on the books of Marshall McLuhan, and an amazing look at the work of Thai designer Santi Lawrachawee.

IDEA DOCUMENT

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IDEA DOCUMENT is an extraordinary fully bilingual English and Japanese language collection of the absolute best writing on type design, type development, typographic history and typeface designers chosen from the past 20 years of IDEA magazine.

IDEA #369: A History of Graphic Design in Japan: 1990-2014

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Idea #369 is devoted to the feature “A History of Graphic Design in Japan: 1990-2014” – a visual chronology of the development of Japanese graphic design over the past decade and a half.

IDEA #368: A Chronicle of Alternative Spirits in Japan 1970-1994

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Idea #368 is devoted to the feature “A Chronicle of Alternative Spirits in Japan 1970-1994” – an exceedingly thorough examination of the development of Japanese graphic design and typography filtered through the lens of the small press, continued from Idea #367.

IDEA # 367

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Idea #366 is devoted to the feature “An Alternative History of Poetry in Japan 1945-1969” – an exceedingly thorough examination of the development of Japanese graphic design and typography filtered through the lens of books on poetry.

IDEA #366

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Idea #366 focuses on the theme of Visual Communication in the Post-Internet Age. Also featured are the second of a series of articles by Tetsuya Goto on contemporary Asian designers designed by Sulki and Min, the Japanese translation of the recent exhibition All Possible Futures curated by Jon Sueda in San Francisco, as well as a feature on information graphics.

IDEA #365

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Idea #365 focuses on the contemporary revival of 1980s-style illustration in Japan in all it’s pop, lush, and sexy glory. Also featured are the first of a series of articles by Tetsuya Goto on contemporary Asian designers designed by Sulki and Min, Japanese 3D typography, as well as a feature on Otl Aicher’s collaborator and contemporary Rolf Müller.

IDEA #364

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Idea #364 focuses on the historic work of legendary Japanese graphic designers Etsushi Kiyohara and Katsué Kitasono. A must for those interested in Japanese graphic design history around the turn of the century and botht he pre- and post-War periods.

Kimbo

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Kimbo is a plug-in for Adobe Illustrator that adds 13 new tools in 2 tool groups to Illustrator’s tool palette. These tools permit the creation of artwork that would otherwise be difficult or time-consuming to create.

Emil Ruder – Fundamentals

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Four lectures from the 1950s by one of the masters of Swiss typography, Emil Ruder

IDEA #363

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Idea #363 focuses on the irreverent, sexual graphic work of Purple Journal art director Makoto Orui and the anachronistic work of editorial designer Yuzuri Agi, along with much more. This issue is an excellent overview of the surprising foundations of Japanese pop and rock music editorial design – something far different than what happened in the 70s and 80s in Europe, North America, and Australasia.

IDEA #362: Contemporary Designers in France

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Idea #362 focuses on designers active in the contemporary French graphic design scene.

IDEA #361: Idol Culture

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Idea #359 is a special issue that focuses on the development of Japanese “idol” culture from an art direction and graphic design perspective. For fans of J-pop from Kyary Pamyu Pamyu to Perfume to Hikaru Utada to Morning Musume, this issue is an eye-opener in terms of contemporary aesthetics and the development of a branded genre of music.

IDEA #360

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Idea #359 focuses on graphic design education, California Institute of the Arts (CalArts), the work of Shinro Ohtake and a historical overview of Kokoku-kai, the precursor to IDEA.

IDEA #357: The Development of Architectural Media in Japan

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Idea #357 focuses on a unique dichotomy: architecture (the built) and DIY punk publications (the unbuilt).