Much of Japanese design created today looks back to favorite traditional themes, aesthetics and subject matter for inspiration. This encyclopedic document created by the obsessive minds at BNN collects the best historical and contemporary examples they could find, proving why Japanese design continues to remain appealing and elegant. Colorful and graphic, Japanese calligraphy lends itself to painterly flourishes, icons such as a rising sun, a simple lotus flower or bowl of steaming Udon soup, charm with their simplicity. Categorized into four sections—graphics, packaging, goods, and logos— this is an indispensible style guide for designers and artists across disciplines. The abstract shapes on the book’s distinctive cover mimic one of the book’s strongest projects: a folded paper invitation from the Tokyo Copywriters Club (2013) that evokes the form of a snow-capped Mount Fuji. Viva Japan!
Softcover / 9 x 11 1/2 inches / 176 pp / 250 color
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