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Graphic Japan:from woodblock and zen to manga and kawaii: From Woodblock to Superflat, Hypermodern, and Beyond Paperback – 29 Oct 2004

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"If you're enthusiastic about innovative and cutting-edge design
and want to gain inspiration, then Graphic Japan is the perfect purchase." -- Advanced Photoshop Magazine


From the kitsch cuteness of the ubiquitous Hello Kitty to the cult of manga and anime, Japanese design has long paved the way for the West to follow. Graphic Japan goes beyond this well-known territory to reveal the myriad styles of design produced in Japan today, from packaging to posters, typography to new media. Contemporary Japanese graphic design is a unique collision of traditional cultural influences and a focused thrust towards modernisation on global terms. No other country has found itself modernised so quickly while retaining such a distinct way of life, and the resulting graphic innovation enthralls the world. Divided into distinct sections, the book reflects the marriage of tradition and hypermodernity that typifies Japanese design. Essays on today's innovators are beautifully printed in a simple, elegant manner typical of traditional Japanese work, while visual matter is boldly, colourfully printed, reflecting the brash, global commerciality of much new material. Japanese design embodies the holy grail of creative freedom and commercial success - this book is an inspirational "must" for designers in the West.

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Japan's vibrant visual culture has long intrigued graphic designers worldwide, and today its design output continues to be as prolific and groundbreaking as ever. Read the first page
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
I love kawaii 9 July 2013
By M. Knapik - Published on
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I wish there were more examples of early kawaii. Images focused on traditional and technical. I prefer cute and trendy. Educational none the less.
0 of 6 people found the following review helpful
it's a koo coffe table book 16 Aug 2005
By S. Sreng - Published on
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this is a nice book to have on the coffee table for browsing. it has nice quality images. I actually thought the book be a lil bigger though. it's nice and small to carry around with you. It's also very informative--- a window into the japanese graphic world.
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