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London Design Festival : London Posters Exhibition

Posted in Exhibitions by Paul on September 22, 2009




Yesterday I made the journey down to the V&A to go have a look at the London Posters exhibition. The exhibition was located in one of the corridors of the museum, which really didn’t benefit the designs, being shoved away near a cloakroom. The posters were created by 20 leading graphic designers and typographers celebrating London as the creative capital of the world. The exhibition draws on the idea that the poster is one of the oldest and still one of the most powerful communication mediums and challenged each designer to produce an effective poster celebrating design and the city, in only two colours, black and red.

Domenic Lippa of Pentagram along with Sir John Sorrell curated the exhibition and designers included; Angus Hyland, Jonathan Ellery, Henrik Kubel, Derek Birdsall, Tony Brook, Tom Hingston, Andy Altmann, Fernando Gutteriez, Morag Myerscough, Mike Dempsey, Alan Kitching, Frith Kerr, Alan Aboud, Damon Murray, Mason Wells, Michael Wolff, Quentin Newark and Jeremy Leslie.

Some of the posters were fantastic such as Jeremy Leslie’s with the shortened URL on where to find the best magazine shops in London, see here for the ‘proper’ version of the poster. The de-constructed tube map concept posters were also amongst my favourites along with Andy Altmann’s ‘Cor-Blimey Trousers‘ for the Evening Standard. Even though the posters are tucked away in the V&A, they are up until the 27th of September so go check them out. The London Design Festival event page can be found here.


Graphic Design in Japan 2009 Exhibition

Posted in Exhibitions by Paul on July 14, 2009




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.



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.



Graphic Trial 2009 Exhibition

Posted in Exhibitions by Paul on July 13, 2009



On Saturday I visited the Tokyo Printing Museum to check out the exhibition called ‘Graphic Trial 2009‘. Graphic Trial is in it’s forth year at the museum and is an annual experiment involving four prominent graphic artists who rigorously explore the relationship between graphic design and the art of printing in an effort to discover new dimensions in artistic expression. This years artists were Kan Akita, Ryosuke Uehara, Kenjiro Sano, and Katsuhito Yagi. The aim was to use only common offset printing techniques and no special processes.  The exhibition featured the finished posters, products of the collaborative efforts of the artists and skilled printing technicians as well as tentative designs from various stages of the production process.

My favourite pieces on show were Uehara’s images made from simplified patterns as shown in the first image above and I really enjoyed seeing all the processes of the designs that were laid out for visitors to touch. I wasn’t allowed to take any photos, but the kind assistant did give me the exhibition’s mini book for free. You can find out more about Graphic Trial 2009 on the Printing Museum’s website here.

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ADFEST 2009 Exhibition

Posted in Exhibitions by Paul on July 6, 2009




I was back at the Advertising Museum Tokyo (ADMT) on Saturday to take a look at the exhibition of ADFEST 2009. Formally known as the Asia-Pacific Advertising Festival, it is the largest and most prestigious festival held in the Asia Pacific region. This year was the festival’s 12th anniversary and back in March, it was held for three days in Thailand. The theme for 2009 was ‘Made in Asia‘, and the celebration of Asian creativity. The resulting exhibition at ADMT was work awarded silver and above medals including, TV, print and online campaigns.

There was some great print adverts on display from the likes of Ogilvy & Mather, Lowe, Saatchi & Saatchi, Leo Burnett and many more and my out right favourite being BBDO/Proximity Malaysia’s outstanding prints for Jeep. So so good that I needed to show all three here. A vast array of television adverts that I took some time to sit down and watch finished off the small, but high quality exhibition. I am liking ADMT for its exhibitions as they run for short periods of time, are very interesting exhibitions and the next one is set up straight away after the last one.


Max Huber Exhibition

Posted in Exhibitions by Paul on June 27, 2009



Then today I went to the Ginza Graphic Gallery (ggg) to check out Max Huber’s exhibition. If you don’t know already, Max Huber is a Swiss graphic designer and a 20th century leader in the industry, famously known for his Italian works across advertising and publishing.

The exhibition featured two floors of outstanding graphic works from Huber, an absolutely wonderful spectacle to look at, so glad I came back for the second time after it was closed last weekend. Extremely well presented work in the exhibition and Huber’s use of typography and it’s boldness combined with choices of colour and using colour overlays specifically were just brilliant. All of his posters were upstairs, with his smaller works including his library of book covers were shown downstairs. I picked up one of the exhibition books as this was far too good to miss out on. I knew about Huber before, but after going to this exhibition, I will definitely be reading up more about him as well taking influence from his works in future projects when I’m working with typography and colour closely combined.