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Japanese Graphics Now! [Hardcover]

Julius Wiedemann

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Book Description

1 April 2006
Exploding with eye-popping originality and freshness, today's best Japanese graphics have been gathered together to make this must-have guide to contemporary aesthetics in Japan. With their unique perspective, the Japanese have a way of looking at the world that has long been a source of great interest for the Western mind. Here, Japan's most talented creative professionals strut their stuff in the form of posters, advertisements, print media, visual identity, and print design. Divided into chapters by media type, this highly visual guide presents a diverse selection of graphics and includes an index of designers, complete with website addresses and contact information.

Product details

  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Taschen GmbH; Taschen 25 anniversary ed edition (1 April 2006)
  • Language: French
  • ISBN-10: 3822850888
  • ISBN-13: 978-3822850886
  • Product Dimensions: 22.2 x 18 x 3.6 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 268,291 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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""It's a visual feast showcasing the best Japanese packaging, posters and advertisements. An uplifting must-buy for anyone with an appreciation of the Asian fascination with karaoke, fast food, mobile phones, pets, clutter and all things cute and colourful."" House and Leisure, Cape Town

About the Author

Julius Wiedemann was born and raised in Brazil. After studying graphic design and marketing, he moved to Japan, where he worked in Tokyo as art editor for digital and design magazines. Since joining TASCHEN in Cologne, he has been building up TASCHEN'S digital and media collection with titles such as Animation Now!, and TASCHEN's 1000 Favorite Websites. Gisela Kozak was born in Argentina, where she got her degree in industrial design. After completing graduate studies in packaging, she moved to Japan to pursue a PhD in packaging. She also works for an advertisement company and has published several articles about Japanese packaging.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 4 July 2014
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Great book, arrived safely packaged well.A+++
3.0 out of 5 stars Not what you'd expect judging from the cover. 3 Mar 2014
By Alexander Lesskis - Published on
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For the price I paid ($4 - used copy), this book isn't all that bad, but I guess I was expecting more graphic design from 60s through the 80s, and instead found more recent works. There's a plethora of designers featured, but the section on packaging design was really bland.
Let's just say that a good 65% of this book features the same kind of bland vector-ish illustration that can now be found all over the interweb.
2.0 out of 5 stars Let Down 4 Nov 2013
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Not sure what I expected but, whatever it was, this isn't it. I guess what I wanted was inspiration from a different source. I got inspired by maybe 3 pages.
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