Saturday, March 6, 2010

Yusaku Kamekura



There he goes again! My good friend P. really isn’t the brightest of the bunch. Every time I tell him I’m going to work on the stories we are doing together, he starts sending me stuff like ‫ interesting videos or cool blogs on Japan or something. So I check them out, get carried away, waste most of the early evening and tomorrow he’ll be there going “Hé, how ‘bout our story? Did you finish rewriting that awful first draft you send me? And did you do that research I asked you to do? Uh? Uh?

No, P. I didn’t. I spent my time scavenging the internets for more work by that Japanese designer you send me those posters from, that Yusaku Kamekura. Thanks P. Now can I please get back to work? When did it have to be finished? What?



Yusaku Kamekura, one of the fathers of modern Japanese design, was born in 1915. He studied at the Bauhaus-oriented Institute of New Architecture and Industrial Arts and after graduation went to work for Nippon Kobo Publishers. 

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In 1962 he started out as a freelance designer and would soon do some of the work he is perhaps best known for: the logo and posters for the 1964 Tokyo Olympics.

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His work has been described as finding a synthesis between the rational, logical and functional modernist design systems of the west and the classical grace of traditional Japanese design.

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More on Kamekura? Go here or here.

(Via P. and Pink Tentacle)    


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