Writing Writing

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A new collection of writing and design by Ian Lynam, Matthew Monk, Randy Nakamura, Chris Ro, and Gail Swanlund

Pudding #1

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We are so happy to feature the very first issue of Pudding, a new bilingual English/Korean design and music journal!

Why is the salaryman carrying a surfboard?

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“Why is the salaryman carrying a surfboard?” is a Japanese and English bilingual book by Ray Masaki about the history and context of institutional white supremacy and Westernization in the Japanese design industry.

IDEA #394: Class for Graphic Design Circle of Education, Research and Practice

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The latest issue of IDEA is devoted to different aspects of design education globally.

Total Armageddon: A Slanted Reader on Design

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Total Armageddon is a 400-page book of design writing from Slanted Publishers edited by Ian Lynam.

The Impossibility of Silence: Writing for Artists, Designers & Photographers

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The Impossibility of Silence is a 200+ page paperback for creative folks interested in approaching writing about their vocation and culture.

A Natural History of Printer’s Flowers

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A beautifully printed 156-page A4-format book devoted to historical typographic ornament.

Moji no Mihon Font Identification Guide

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Moji no Mihon is the ultimate guide to identifying Japanese fonts in the digital age! This 280-page softcover book includes specimens of key characters of hundreds of Japanese fonts so that you can identify type on the fly!

IDEA #393: The Manga Internationalé

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An amazing issue of international manga, design exhibitions and type design! Includes a beautifully designed additional booklet about indie publishing.

Papier Labo Memo Sketchbook

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The absolute best hybrid memo pad/sketchbook ever made. Period.

Trip to Japan Graphics: Must-Visit Design Destinations in Tokyo

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A 150-page bilingual guidebook with a fold-out cover/map that shares Tokyo’s top design destinations from Kenya Hara, Ian Lynam, and other key figures in the Tokyo design scene.

IDEA #392: Type Design Now

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Issue #392 of IDEA is a powerhouse of typography and contemporary graphic design featuring a star-studded cast of characters! Includes the 2020 IDEA Calendar!

IDEA Magazine Annual Subscription!

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We are pleased to offer annual subscriptions to IDEA, Japan’s leading graphic design magazine to the world!

Start Somewhere by Ian Lynam

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Start Somewhere is a 76-page handbook about how to become a designer who writes. Most designers grapple with generating their own content. This zine is full of writing about *how* to write and more importantly, how to get started.

IDEA #391: Alternative Reality

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This issue of IDEA is a visual powerhouse examining the effects of the global pandemic on society and graphic design as an aspect of culture.

Slanted #35 – Los Angeles

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Slanted’s 35th issue is totally devoted to Los Angeles.

IDEA #390: The Fashion Issue

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The newest issue of IDEA is a reflection on contemporary and historic fashion and its intersections with graphic design.

The Letter I: On Authenticity

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A brand new 52-page booklet by Ian Lynam that examines notions of authenticity via design, consumption, and history.

Graphic Waves

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Graphic Waves introduces the works of leading designers and independent labels working at the forefront of the music industry. An incredibly inspiring and well-designed book featuring some of the most inspirational design work today.

Ruder Typography Ruder Philosophy

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The defining 226-page hardcover book on the typography and philosophy of Swiss master typographer Emil Ruder, showcasing his work, influence, and legacy in the world of typography and beyond.

IDEA #389 – Feminist Moments

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Issue #389 of IDEA examines the f-word. That’s right: Feminism. (Plus some contemporary theory, history, rad portfolios, and Swiss design today.)

Modes of Criticism 5: Design Systems

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Issue number five of the world’s only real design criticism journal.

Sakuji Hyakkei – 100 Views of Japanese Lettering

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A brand-new 274-page compilation of the very best contemporary Japanese custom lettering and character design.

IDEA #388 – Acid Graphics

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A visual feast of the trippiest new design work, plus this issue comes with the IDEA 2020 Calendar!

Hardcore Fanzine: Good and Plenty, 1989-1992

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An examination of hardcore punk zine culture throughout the 1980s and 1990s, as focused through the lens of Good & Plenty, a seminal zine. This 144-page book features copious essays and reproductions of the original issues.

Critique: The War of Design

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A brand new 64-page booklet by Ian Lynam about critique in graphic design and educational contexts. And semiotics. And criticism. And some other stuff. It is a booklet for students, teachers and designers alike.

IDEA #386: BIENNIALS!

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IDEA’s guide to graphic design biennials old and new!

The Thing

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The Thing is a brand new 80-page glow-in-the-dark booklet by Ian Lynam about the problematics of design.

IDEA #385: Locality

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Idea #385 explores notions of what it is to be a local with interviews and portfolios of work from designers in Tohoku and Kansai, as well as featuring a showcase of work and writing by Ian Lynam and a new booklet insert by Rudy Vanderlans.

IDEA #383

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IDEA #383 is a guide to current design culture across Asia, notably in South Korea, China, Taiwan and Japan in both English and Japanese.

Kimbo

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Kimbo is a plug-in for Adobe Illustrator that adds 13 new tools in 2 tool groups to Illustrator’s tool palette. These tools permit the creation of artwork that would otherwise be difficult or time-consuming to create.

IDEA #380

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This issue of IDEA explored the work of legendary graphic designer and artist Tadanori Yokoo, Otl Aicher’s identity for Isny, a history of Toshihiro Katayama, Philippe Apeloig, Postalco and more!

Cannibals & Kirimomi Display

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Cannibals is a 92-page booklet by Ian Lynam comprised of a handful of new essays about design, education, hope, dread, delight, misery, and of course, sex. It is typeset in a brand new family of digital typefaces called Kirimomi Display.

Coloring

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Coloring Inside the Lines/Coloring Outside the Lines is a 36-page handbook about what the hell to do when you are about to graduate from design school.

IDEA #377

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IDEA #377 is largely about the emerging generation of Japanese graphic designers, as well as looking at an undiscovered or unexamined global history of typography, contemporary speculative design approaches, and graphic design today.

IDEA #376 – Graphic designers and exhibitions

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IDEA #376 is dedicated to graphic designers and graphic design exhibitions yesterday, today and tomorrow.

IDEA DOCUMENT 2: Type & Typography

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

IDEA #372: DAIJIRO OHARA

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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.

Parting It Out by Ian Lynam

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Parting It Out is a collection of essays spanning much of Graphic Design as it applies to aspects of contemporary culture – from the Olympics to Japan to typography to R. Kelly to Cuba to sign painting.

IDEA DOCUMENT

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IDEA DOCUMENT is an extraordinary fully bilingual English and Japanese language collection of the absolute best writing on type design, type development, typographic history and typeface designers chosen from the past 20 years of IDEA magazine.

IDEA #369: A History of Graphic Design in Japan: 1990-2014

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Idea #369 is devoted to the feature “A History of Graphic Design in Japan: 1990-2014” – a visual chronology of the development of Japanese graphic design over the past decade and a half.

IDEA # 367

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Idea #366 is devoted to the feature “An Alternative History of Poetry in Japan 1945-1969” – an exceedingly thorough examination of the development of Japanese graphic design and typography filtered through the lens of books on poetry.

IDEA #363

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Idea #363 focuses on the irreverent, sexual graphic work of Purple Journal art director Makoto Orui and the anachronistic work of editorial designer Yuzuri Agi, along with much more. This issue is an excellent overview of the surprising foundations of Japanese pop and rock music editorial design – something far different than what happened in the 70s and 80s in Europe, North America, and Australasia.