IDEA DOCUMENT 2: Type & Typography

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  • Designers: Shirai Design Studio
  • Publisher: Seibundo Shinkosha
  • Categories: Idea + Publications

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

This 440-page(!) book is an invaluable collection of writing about typography that cannot be found elsewhere in Japanese and English—the original issues of IDEA in which the essays and features were published are out of print.

Printed on lush cream paper with a wraparound softcover, IDEA DOCUMENT #2 is a highly collectible edition.

The book is half-bilingual and half-Japanese text only. Both halves are copiously illustrated and provide even veteran typographers, graphic designers and type designers in-depth looks at little known aspects of type and typography.

IDEA DOCUMENT 2 is approximately A4 in size and weighs enough to kill a newborn litter of most ambulatory land mammals if dropped from waist-height.

Within:
“Typography Review”
from Idea No・301-309 (November, 2003-March, 2005), Idea No・311-314 (July, 2005-January, 2006)
vol. 1 Jiro Katashio “Shine! The Typefaces of the New Millennium”
vol. 2 Baumann & Baumann “Rotis in Rotis”
vol. 3 Gerd Baumann “Rotis in Rotis 2”
vol. 4 Kinichi Imada “Succeeding the History of Japanese Typefaces”
vol. 5 Mitsuo Kono “The meaning of Stanley Morison today”
vol. 6 Jiro Katashio “Concern about future typefaces without roots”
vol. 7 Masahiko Kimura “Producing the ‘Voice’ of an Organization”
vol. 8 Mayumi Sakamoto “Typefaces and gender difference (as an attribute of typefaces)”
vol. 9 Taro Yamamoto “Thinking about Modernity in Typography”
vol. 10 Taro Yamamoto “The Origins and Historical Changes of the Shueitai Typeface”
vol.11 Minoru Niijima “Typography as a part of the Fundamental Studies”
vol.12 Yusaku Terayama “The Node of Modern Visual Language”

Shueitai: Revival of the Classic Typeface
Idea No. 345 (March 2011)

Kinichi Imada “Typeface design by Kinichi Imada Japanese & Chinese Characters”
Idea No. 349 (November 2011)

Digital typeface project based on Saga-bon by Yasuhito Nagahara & Osamu Torinoumi
Idea No. 347 (July 2011)

Lettering Mannerism: Lettering, Logotype and Typeface in the 60s & 70s in Japan
Idea No. 356 (January 2013)
Association and Movement / Research and Proposal / Practice and Letterform / New Typefaces / Collected Essays

Hirokazu Mukai “The History of Typos”
Idea No. 329 (July 2008)

Hiroshi Komiyama “The current state and future of Japanese Gothic Typefaces”
Idea No. 327 (March 2008)

“Typography with love, uniqueness and affluence”
Talk Session: Nobuo Nakagaki, Mitsuo Fukawa, Hirokazu Mukai
Idea No. 313 (November 2005)

Ideas of VISUAL DESIGN LABORATORY INC.: On Contemporary Japanese Display Types
Idea No. 336 (September 2009)

Akira Uchida “A Cultural History of Japanese Typefaces”
Idea No. 356 (January 2013)- Idea No. 359 (July 2013)
Vol. 1 “A Thought about ‘A Thought on Modern and Contemporary Book DesignⅠ’”
Vol. 2 “Scene with Gothic-tai”
Vol. 3 “The typefaces that express”
Vol. 4 “Typesetting Japanese Mixed with Latin Alphabet”

Shin Sobue “Interview with Shin Sobue”
Idea No. 348 (September 2011)

Akira Uchida “For a coming research on Manga Typography”
Idea No. 336 (September 2009)

Books on typography from 34 reading lists
Idea No. 343 (November 2010)
Kohei Sugiura / Nobuo Nakagaki / Hiroshi Komiyama / Kei Mori / Tsuyokatsu Kudo / Shukuro Habara
Bunpei Yorifuji / Yasuhito Nagahara / Katsumi Asaba / Osamu Torinoumi / Akira Sasaki / Shin Sobue
Hitoshi Suzuki / Kazunari Hattori / Fumio Tachibana / Yukimasa Matsuda / Hirokazu Mukai
Kouga Hirano / Kaoru Kasai / Yuri Suyama / Shin Akiyama / Akira Kobayashi / Tatsuya Ariyama
Masao Takaoka / Taro Yamamoto / Junichi Kusaka / Yoshihisa Shirai / Nobuhiro Yamaguchi
Kenya Hara / Hitoshi Koizumi / Minoru Niijima / So Hashizume / Yusaku Terayama / Jiro Katashio

Shin Sobue “Comparison Chart of Hiragana Characters for body text”
Idea No. 347 (July 2011)

IDEA DOCUMENT 2 ships with a complementary copy of the Japanese/English phrasebook Doko Demo Design!

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