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Published on May 2nd, 2013 | by Vincent Jobse

Idea 358 – Japan in books you can’t read

Japanese book design in Idea 358.

Okay, the magazine has only one article in English, on typeface designer Roy Cole. The rest is in Japanese, and the chance that you can read this complicated and elegant script is limited. But that is no reason not to buy the latest Idea. It is filled to the brim with fantastic Japanese bookdesign, in all kinds of styles: elegant, abstract, grotesque, manga-esque, poetic. Idea highlights the work of eight current Japanese designers who blend image and typography into covers that attract and seduce readers and that mirror the content and emotion of written word. Meet Isao Mitobe, Naoka Nakui, Hidenori Yoshioka, Akiko Okube, Koichi Sakano, Daishi Mori and Akira Sasaki – not yet household names in the west, but that may change soon.

Idea 358 | 2013.5
International Graphic Art and Typography
208 pages | Language: Japanese

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Vincent Jobse is a Dutch design addict, who fully enjoys the pleasures of the web, but who loves print on pure, old-fashioned paper.



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