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Idea #359 focuses on graphic design education, California Institute of the Arts (CalArts), the work of Shinro Ohtake and a historical overview of Kokoku-kai, the precursor to IDEA.
Special Feature: Found Print in the Library of Shinro Ohtake
An amazing photography feature showing many of the contents of Japanese contemporary artist Shinro Ohtake’s library. A visual feast spread out over 100 pages.
Toward a general solution for art publications: Designing and publishing with Shinro Ohtake
An interview with Shinro Ohtake by Shin Akiyama, one of Japan’s greatest contemporary designers and designer of 3 new books of work by Ohtake.
Suburban Lawns – A Look at CalArts Past & Present
by Ian Lynam
This 96-page feature is the result of a workshop with MFA and BFA students at California Institute of the Arts, also known as CalArts. For a week, Idea Editor-in-Chief Kiyonori Muroga and Ian Lynam stayed in Valencia, the home of CalArts, to “work on a design research/writing/making/collecting/documenting project about CalArts itself, it’s history, it’s current state, ephemera, and researching in a very open way”, making CalArts both the laboratory and the subject. An image-rich look at the past few generations of CalArts alumni, the work of faculty and related projects.
The World of Kokoku-kai
A look at Kokoku-kai, the magazine that was the predecessor to Idea, published from 1926 to 1942. An amazing sampling of early Japanese Modern design.
Cultural History of Japanese Typefaces Vol. 5 “Not All Typefaces are Square”