Following on from TG67 the ‘totally Dutch issue’ of Typographic, ISTD travels much further to explore Japanese graphic design and typography. Previous TypoGraphics have investigatedWestern approaches to contemporary design practice. This Japanese
issue focuses on how Japanese designers work in their home nation, and how European designers contribute to the design sector whether as guests or residents in Japan.
Typographic 68 features and contributors:
UK designers Simon Browning (former co-founder and Creative Director of design consultancy North) and Steve Baker (co-founder and former Managing Director of creative group Tomato) have both lived in Tokyo for around ten years, and work for a number of Japanese and European clients. Their article passionately documents the difficulties they have faced, and overcome, in working with Japanese clients. Nick Kapica (ISTD Board Member and lecturer at Massey University, New Zealand) interviews JohnWarwicker of Tomato with further comment onWesterners working in Japan. Warwicker was the first 'foreigner' to become a member of the Tokyo TypeDirectors Club (TDC).
ISTD's first Japanese contributors to Typographic:
Award-winning designer Issay Kitagawa, head designer at GRAPH Co Ltd. Issay contributes with his limited edition poster, an integral part of this issue. An overview of the exciting design scene in and around Tokyo, by Azusa Ozawa, curator at Ginza Graphic Gallery (ggg), looking back at some of the keynote exhibitions the gallery has hosted over the last twenty-four years. Each issue of TypoGraphic has a guest designer. 68's guest designer, Andy Altmann (with Gustavo Fernandes) of 'why not associates' also features in conversation with ISTD Board member Belinda Magee. Altmann shares thoughts and insights about his work; on discovering the 'funniest word in Britain'; and how this unique take on communicating 'Britishness' to a Japanese audience developed into a commission for TDC.
TypoGraphic is the journal of ISTD
International Society of Typographic Designers
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