Japanese graphic design in the 1950s exhibition

1950s japanese graphic design exhibition

1950s Japan: The blossoming of the graphic designer exhibition book

1950s japanese graphic design exhibition

Packaging -  Honen salad oil – design by Kenji Ito 1959, Snow ice cream -design by Tadashi Masuda 1959, KAO soap – design by Hideo Amano 1958

1950s japanese graphic design exhibition

Advertisement for Toyo Rayon fiber co. – design by Yusaku Kamekura 1950

1950s japanese graphic design exhibition

Paul Rand: His work from 1946 to 1958 – cover design by Yusaku Kamekura

1950s japanese graphic design exhibition

Sense in Modern Design – design by Hiroshi Ochi 1959

1950s japanese graphic design exhibition

Isamu Noguchi Photography book 1953 – cover design by Yusaku Kamekura

If your planning to be in or near Tokyo within the next few days it would be worth your while to visit the Japanese graphic design in the 1950s exhibit at the printing museum. The exhibition features over 400 items, including newspaper and magazine advertisements, pamphlets, wrapping paper, packaging, and books, in an attempt to demonstrate all aspects in the development of graphic design in the 1950s as the foundations of postwar design were being laid.

I was able to get my hands on the catalog for the exhibit (seen above). I’m so sad that I won’t be to see this collection in person. The work is astounding. Lots of pieces by Yusaku Kamekura, Hara Hiromu, Takashi Kono, Ayao Yamana, Ryohei Yanagihara and others.

The exhibition runs through July 6th, 2008. You can get all the details here.

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1960s Japanese book cover design

1960s Japanese magazine cover design

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…And how does one aqcuire such a wonderful book?

Annemarie |

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Personally, I don’t see why that Paul Rand book was included in this exhibition. Whatever that minimal, free, light and feminine style is called, there’s a big difference between “clever” and “looks like a 5-year old girl made it”. Or maybe Yusaku Kamekura was a 5-year old girl. :)

Steve Mills |

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Hey Annemarie,
Right now the only way I know of is by visiting the exhibit in Tokyo (My wife picked up my copy while she was in Japan). I contacted the gallery in the hopes of ordering in bulk.

I really want that catalog.

Cool One………….

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