Digesting Design

Graphic Design in Japan 2009 Exhibition

Posted in Exhibitions by Paul on July 14, 2009

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Graphic Design in Japan is a yearbook that was first published in 1981 by the Japan Graphic Design Association. Ever since, the annual publication introduces a selection of work each year spanning from accessories, books, packaging, logos, posters, advertisements, websites, videos, spatial design and everything else in-between. This years exhibition was being held at the Midtown Design Hub in Roppongi, about five minutes away from W+K’s office so I popped over to take a look at lunch today and I’ve been looking forward to going to this exhibition since I arrived in Japan. I was definitely not disappointed.

Luckily, there was no assistant when I went today so I managed to photograph everything that caught my eye and it pretty much was nearly all of the exhibition. There were posters hanging from end to end of the room and books and other 3D design positioned just on one wall making it a really great exhibition to soak up.

The exhibition was a really interesting insight for myself as foreign designer in Japan, as I could see variations of styles, illustration and typography from the fast moving country that is Japan. All works were from a variety of backgrounds, from previous exhibitions to personal projects. The standard of work was extremely high and just like everything else seems to be in Tokyo, very professional, on the ball, cutting edge and challenging the norm. This is definitely one of the top exhibitions I have visited whilst here in Tokyo.

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The pictures I’ve included here are my favourite bits and pieces that caught my eye, but be sure to check out the rest of the exhibition on my Flickr page starting from here. The exhibition’s online link can be found here.

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JAGDA New Designer Awards Exhibition

Posted in Exhibitions by Paul on June 13, 2009

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Today I went to my next exhibition in Tokyo. It was the JAGDA (Japan Graphic Designers Association) New Designer Awards held at the Creation Gallery G8 near Ginza again. JAGDA are a body that support and develop the roles and careers of graphic designers in Japan and the New Designer Awards are an annual competition hosted by them.

The exhibition was absolutely brilliant with a great range of works on show in a very well thought out exhibition guiding visitors round all pieces. My favourite pieces were Rika Eguchi’sHow to cook Docomodake?‘ sculptures as seen in the image above, the personal typeface created by Yoshinori Okada in the image below and the vegetable man sculpture and photography which was a quirky Sesame Street style man made from vegetables sporting a tweed suit. There was also some great print work on display and some really innovative direct mail.

You can read more about JAGDA here and about the New Designer Awards here and the top four entrants including Rika and Yoshinori. Here is the exhibition event page, only in Japanese.

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