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.
In IDEA #372:
DAIJIRO OHARA – SONG LINES
Direction: Daijiro Ohara, & Idea
Design: Daijiro Ohara, Koji Miyazoe, Shinji Honda
An in-depth look at one of the world’s most exciting designers working today, including music packaging design, environmental design, installations, and looks at Ohara’s exciting 2D and 3D typography.
Daijiro Ohara was born in Kanagawa Prefecture in 1978. He graduated from Musashino Art University in Tokyo, and started working independently in 2003. He is principal of Omomma, a studio focused on lettering, illustration, motion graphics and art direction. Beside commissioned work for music videos, commercials, packaging and publications, he has also been actively engaged in self-initiated projects, searching for new perceptions of words and letters through exhibitions, workshops and fieldwork. His installation “Typogravity” is an attempt to find the ur-form of letters in landscapes while his project “Riding on Characters” shows how the lettering on a skateboard may be altered by physical and environmental factors. His graphic series “Ridge Line” is the reconstructed mountain photography and trekking map and “TypogRAPy” is his performance with musician Shuta Hasunuma and rapper Illreme. His project “Hello Fukei” is a collection of haiku poetry, expressed via mobiles and illustrations. Ohara was the recipient of the 2014 JAGDA New Designer Award and the 2014 Tokyo TDC Award.
All we know about Japanese Zines
Barbora & Momo Nonaka
Vol.5: The 1960s and 1970s Part One―Post-occupation Japan
Design: Kisa Miyazaki
The history of Japanese zines and DIY publishing culture.
Vol.7: Foreign Policy Design Group (Singapore)
Text: Tetsuya Goto
Associate Editor: Javin Mo
Design: Sulki and Min
Vol. 8 of this amazing English/Japanese bilingual look at contemporary Asian designer. This issue features the work of Foreign Policy Design Group from Singapore. An excellent look at Singaporean design today.
MeMe Design School 2015 Symposium
“Between Style and Design”
Guest: Takamitsu Yamamoto and Bunpei Yorifuji
Design: nakagaki design office
A transcription of Tokyo graphic design school Meme’s 2015 symposium.
IKKO TANAKA ISSEY MIYAKE
Interview about the New Project
Design: Hideaki Kawazoe
A look at Issey Miyake’s new collection of clothing inspired by classic Japanese graphic designer Ikko Tanaka.
“Moji ni Moji ten” in Shodoshima
Koga Hirano, Osamu Torinoumi, Yokokaku and Koshinsya Printing
Design: Hirokazu Mukai
Cooperation: Shodosima Town
Typojanchi 2015 The 4th International Typography Biennale
Design: Hideaki Kawazoe
Photo: Kim Jinsol
Review of Korea’s national typographic conference and exhibition.
Reviews & Information
Information & Book
Design, Right and Emotion / Public Opinion
Guest: Atsuki Kikuchi, Kiyonori Muroga and Tasuku Mizuno
Planner and Presider: Hiroyuki Yamaguchi (BACH)
Design: Toshinobu Nagata
An examination of the Tokyo Olympic logo debacle.
IDEA #372 ships with a complementary copy of the Japanese/English phrasebook Doko Demo Design!