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This issue is a guide to two of graphic design’s biennials: the very first FIKRA Graphic Design Biennial and the 29th International Biennial of Graphic Design Brno to be held in 2020. From the world’s newest graphic design biennial to the world’s oldest, this bilingual Japanese/English issue will knock your socks off!

Featuring a who’s who of amazing design and design writing from Na Kim, Duncan Brotherton, Steven Heller, Radim Peško, åbäke, Kiyonori Muroga, Sulki & Min, Olivier Lebrun, Tetsuya Goto, Zak Group, Shin Akiyama, Wayne Daly, Mevis & van Deursen, Jon Sueda, Saki Ho, Chris Hamamoto, and many more.

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Direction by The Office of the Archive (Tetsuya Goto & Saki Ho) & Idea
Design by LABORATORIES (Kensaku Kato, Hiroyuki Kishida)
Translation by Duncan Brotherton, Manami Yamamoto, Emma Okubo, Christopher Stephens, Tetsuya Goto
Cooperation by Fikra Graphic Design Biennial
Photo by Obaid AlBudoor

What If…
Ministry as a Design Metaphor
Text by Steven Heller

Dept. of Graphic Optimism
Alia Al-Sabi: Al Shareqa / Dialectic of Power

Arabic Typography: A New Era of Possibilities
Text by Huda Smitshuijzen AbiFarès

Prem Krishnamurthy:
Collaboration / Tour Guides / Structures + Stories + Subjects = Social Space / Many Hats

Dept. of Mapping Margins

Uzma Z. Rizvi: Decolonizing Design / Decentering Design / Commensality / Speculative / Undisciplining Design / Knowledge Sharing
Santi Lawrachawee: Decentering
Asad Pervaiz: Translation
Radiographique: 1.Construction, 2.Game

Emily Smith:
Essential Non Sequitur / Play / Poetry

Dept. of Non-Binaries
common-interest: Lowercase-design, Non-binary
Benedetta Crippa: Transformation
Christopher Benton: Subversive
Lawrence Lemaoana: Ambitious, Unique, Diverse, Challenging, Avant Garde
Sina Fakour: Decolonizing Design
Paula Minelgaité: Dialogic
Oddkin: Alarmclock, Gap
gideon-jamie: Fikra Biennial
Justin Zhuang: International

Dept. of Flying Saucers

Hala Al-Ani: Transient
Turbo: Memorabilia
Foundland Collective: Survival Routes, Syrian Community, Diaspora Identity Seendosi: Story Teller

Na Kim:
Optimism / What if – Why not / Women Speak! / Coral Wall

Dept. of Dematerializing Language

Arcadian Studio: Translation-Language, Cultural Mixing, Remixing, Sampling, Hybrid, Arabic, Gulf
Astrid Seme: Bank
Esen Karol: Jeff Talks / #noreceipe
Christoph Knoth & Konrad Renner: Transcultural

Interview: Graphic Design Practices in the Middle East

Fikra (Salem Al-Qassimi)
Möbius Studio (Hala Al-Ani)
Turbo (Mothanna Hussein, Saeed Abu-Jaber)

Office of the Archive

Tetsuya Goto: Archive
Saki Ho: Instagram, WhatsApp

A Mirage of a Design Institute, Shimmering in the Desert
Text by Kiyonori Muroga

29th International Biennial of Graphic Design Brno 2020
Direction by Radim Peško, åbäke, Sofie Dederen and IDEA
Design by Radim Peško, åbäke
Japanse Typesetting by Kazuhiro Yamada (nipponia)
Translation by Emma Okubo

Speculative poster designs by: Sulki & Min, åbäke, David Pons & Lissana Jouret, Bibliomania: Alexandru Balgiu & Olivier Lebrun, Zak Group, Radim Peško, Tamara Maletic / Linked by Air, Aaron Nieh, Laura Pappa & Elisabeth Klement, Noviki: Katarzyna Nestorowicz & Marcin Nowicki, Shin Akiyama, Alice Gavin & Valentin Bigel at Groupe CCC, Alyssia Lou, LPPL, Katja Gretzinger, In the shade of a tree: Sophie Demay & Maël Fournier-Comte, Jon Sueda & chris hamamoto, Jean-Claude Chianale, Na Kim, Kazunari Hattori, Mevis & van Deursen, Betsy Bickle, Pinar&Viola, Wayne Daly & Shumon Basar, Dan Eatock, Ryan Gander with Zbigniew Zuławski

New Series|FormSWISS #1
Art Direction by &Form
Design by Arata Maruyama, Keitaro Takahashi, Yuichi Kato
Writing by Arata Maruyama, Kanako Ushijima, Mika Iwasaka
Translation by Kazuko Fujimoto-Hedges, Renna Okubo
Photography by Hidetake Oohata, Simone Cavadini (p.174)
Typeface by Swiss Typefaces
Printing (pp. 149-150) by Taiyo Printing Co., Ltd.

Interview with Arata Maruyama

OK-RM Narrative Project Derived from a Conversation
Design by Seigo Kitaoka
Translation by Ayano Atsumi

Interview with OK-RM

Atlases: Visualizing the Ecological Conception of the World
Final Episode: Between Visible and Invisible
Text by Akio Ota

Graphic Design Co-Created with AI
Text by Yasuhito Nagahara

Yusaku Kamekura Design Award and The JAGDA New Designer Award


Book Reviews

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