IDEA #379

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  • Designers: IDEA
  • Publisher: Seibundo Shnkosha
  • Categories: Idea + Publications

The latest 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. The main feature is a look at the decades of books that he has designed—from encyclopedias to photo books to self-published works. A legend in the Japanese graphic design scene, this issue of IDEA is the first career survey of his work.

IDEA #379 also features an amazing look at traditional Japanese sake labels, a new feature by Scott Joseph on language, a feature on lexica, and features on two of Japan’s top rising contemporary artists: art photographer Nishino Sohei and artist Sato Naoki.

The Works of Suzuki Hitoshi, Book Designer
Direction: Jun-ichiro Khori, Toshinobu Nagat
Photo: Jun Wajda
Design: Toshinobu Nagata
Chapter 0: Boyhood Yearning for Airplanes: Cherished Objects of Design
Chapter 1: Design Outlaw: Works with Kohei Sugiura
Chapter 2: Mad Layouter: Independence, New Academism & Visual Culture Studies
Chapter 3: Excess to Counteract: Film Books
Chapter 4: Wrestling Formats: Visual History of the Modern Century
Chapter 5: As Architect and Site Supervisor: Dictionary & Encyclopedia
Chapter 6: Bound into Smallness: Photo Books
Chapter 7: Spitball Media: Self Publishing
Chapter 8: Inadmissible: Own Works
Chapter 9: Solitude and Solidarity: Opinion Advertisements
Chapter 10: For the Public: Collaboration Interviews & Conversation

Atlases: Visualizing the Ecological Conception of the World
Part 2: Paul Otlet’s “Atlas of Universal Civilisation” and Atlas Museum
Text: Akio Ota

Language Without Place
Part 4: Sample Writing
Text and Image: Scott Joseph
Translation: Takamitsu Yamamoto

Division of the Photography and Images
Part 3: Sohei Nishino Photography and Body
Text: Kohei Oyama

Sato Naoki Exhibition “Unexplored Tokyo: There, It has grown”
Text: Naoki Sato

Label Design of Japanese Sake
Text: Kazuhiro Ota
Interview with Takakuwa Art Printing

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