In recent years we have seen several instances where it seemed as if there was a distrust or doubt towards graphic design, so we can’ t help but feel there is a sort of disillusionment with design in the world today. We at +81 have watched over visual cultures in Japan and the rest of the world since day one, which is why we would like to devote an issue to not only reaffirming the masterfulness of Japanese graphic design by charting its course from the 1964 Tokyo Olympic Games to today, but also redefining the importance of graphic design by charting the course of its history in Japan from the postwar years to the present and the near future.
The issue kicks off by focusing on Yusaku Kamekura, the creative mind behind the look of the 1964 Tokyo Olympics, along with interviews of other masters of design responsible for making the 60s, 70s, and 80s so great. We speak with them about the state of design scene in their respective eras, the stories behind some of their most iconic pieces, and messages they have for future generations. In the second part of the issue we turn our attention to foreign graphic designers who have drawn great inspiration from Japanese graphic designers and their handiwork. We go into the background of these international designers, such as how they encountered those Japanese designs that influenced them, why they were so impressed by these designs and how they influenced their own work, as well as their thoughts on Japanese graphic design as a whole. Wrapping up the issue is a look at eight graphic designers whose careers are very much active in the present progressive tense. See what makes them with tick with their fresh, unaffected commentary and creations born from unique ideas and innovative and oftentimes multifaceted approaches to design.
We hope our readers will enjoy exploring the differences, or perhaps similarities, in creative style, technique, sense, and mindset towards graphic design between the past masters starting the issue and the designers of today’ s generation in the latter half.
近年、グラフィック・デザインに対する不信感や懐疑的な空気が蔓延する事件が相次ぎ、「デザイン」離れを感じざるをえない昨今。創刊以来、国内はもちろんのこと、世界中のヴィジュアル・カルチャーを見つめてきた+81 だからこそ、今一度、戦後以降、1964 年の東京オリンピック、そして現在まで、日本におけるグラフィック・デザインの発展過程を検証した。それにより、日本グラフィック界の至高性を再認識するだけではなく、グラフィック・デザインの重要性を再定義するような、戦後から現在、近未来への道筋を示す、日本グラフィック史を網羅した1 冊となっている。
巻頭では、64 年の東京オリンピックにおけるクリエイションを手がけた亀倉雄策にフォーカスを当てつつ、60 年代、70 年代、80 年代と時代を築いてきた巨匠デザイナーにインタビューを刊行。その当時のデザイン界の情勢から、代表作の制作背景、そして未来へのメッセージなどの話を聞いた。続く第2 特集では、日本のグラフィック・デザイナー/デザインに多大な影響を受けた海外デザイナーを取材。その作品との出会いや衝撃を受けた理由、俯瞰的に捉えた日本グラフィックについて、そしてその作品が自身の活動にどのような影響を及ぼしているかなど、世界的なデザイナーのバックグラウンドに迫る。最後に現在進行形で活躍するグラフィック・デザイナーを8 人ピックアップ。ユニークなアイデアを起点に、独自の表現手法や多角的なアプローチから生まれる、彼ら特有のヴィジュアルを紹介しながら、新鮮で誠実な彼らの言葉を届ける。
Main Interviews
亀倉雄策 Yusaku Kamekura
永井一正 Kazumasa Nagai
勝井三雄 Mitsuo Katsui
浅葉克己 Katsumi Asaba
井上嗣也 Tsuguya Inoue
奥村靫正 Yukimasa Okumura
立花ハジメ Hajime Tachibana
The Inspiration from Japan Graphics
John Warwicker
Jonathan Barnbrook
Theseus Chan
Pick Up Japanese Graphic Designers “TODAY”
千原徹也 Tetsuya Chihara
大原大次郎 Daijiro Ohara
吉田ユニ Yuni Yoshida
安田昂弘 Takahiro Yasuda
一ノ瀬雄太 Yuta Ichinose
上西祐理 Yuri Uenishi
城下沙緒里 Saori Shiroshita
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