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!

IDEA #388 – Acid Graphics

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A visual feast of the trippiest new design work, plus this issue comes with the IDEA 2020 Calendar!

IDEA #387: Examining the History of Japanese Book Design from the Perspective of Publishing from 1996 to 2020

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This issue of IDEA focuses on the history of books in Japan, as well as on designers from the Italian-speaking regions of Switzerland!

IDEA #386: BIENNIALS!

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IDEA’s guide to graphic design biennials old and new!

Visual Strategies for the Apocalypse

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A brand new 112-page booklet by Ian Lynam and friends about confronting creative constipation.

The Thing

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The Thing is a brand new 80-page glow-in-the-dark booklet by Ian Lynam about the problematics of design.

IDEA #385: Locality

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Idea #385 explores notions of what it is to be a local with interviews and portfolios of work from designers in Tohoku and Kansai, as well as featuring a showcase of work and writing by Ian Lynam and a new booklet insert by Rudy Vanderlans.

IDEA #384

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IDEA #384 is a look at the idiosyncratic practice of Yui Takada and Allright Graphics, one of Japan’s most vibrant contemporary graphic design studios.

IDEA #383

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IDEA #383 is a guide to current design culture across Asia, notably in South Korea, China, Taiwan and Japan in both English and Japanese.

IDEA Sketchbook set

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A two-sketchbook set that replicates IDEA magazine’s contemporary and vintage format.

Slanted 31: Tokyo

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Slanted Magazine’s latest issue is devoted to graphic design in Tokyo.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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 #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 #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.

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 #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 #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).