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Idea #355 focuses on the work of graphic designer Katsumi Asaba, one of the most revered designers in Japan today.
Issue highlights: Woody Allen in a kimono, feature on Japanese logo design, rare pieces of pervy ukiyo-e and some truly amazing design work!
Signs of Katsumi Asaba
Essay by Kaho Somada
Interview with Shigesato Itoi, Shou Akiyama
Comments from Collaborators:
Mariko Hayashi, Chie Morimoto, Keisuke Nagatomo, Issey Miyake, Eitetsu Hayashi, Katsuhisa Hattori, Yukimasa Okumura, Masahiro Shinoda, Kenichiro Mogi, Kazumi Kurigami Takako Terumuma, Tamotsu Fujii, Bishin Jumonji, Katsuhiko Hibino, Yoshinari Nishimura, Kazuko Koike, Gan Hosoya
• 2012-1990 Period for Studying Letters
• 1989-1975 Golden Age of Advertising
• 1974-1964 Establishing Art Direction
• 1963-1940 From Birth to Type Designer’s Apprentice
• Interview with Katsumi Asaba
• King Kong goes to China
• “Report of visit to China by an artists’ group of table tennis fans”
essay by Katsumi Asaba
• Erotic ukiyo-e by Hokusai from Katsumi Asaba’s Collection
20th Century Editorial Odyssey
Vol. 7 Back to the 50s.
Text: Yuichi Akata & Barbora
Idea’s continuing series exploring the independent press globally reaches it’s seventh installment. Interviews with Masayuki Yamazaki (Cream Soda), Ryotaro Mizuno, Baron Yoshimoto, Kuniyoshi Kaneko
Masayoshi Nakajo: Forgetting makes things easy, remembering drives you crazy.
Masayoshi Nakajo × Kazunari Hattori × Hiroshi Homura: (Almost) complete record of Gallery Talk
A transcription of a round table discussion by 3 Japanese graphic design legends.
Akio Okumura and Usual Days
Design by Yuma Harada
Editing by Tomomi Tada, Miyuki Sakamoto (MUESUM)
A look at some of the strongest logo and branding design from Japan.