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IDEA Magazine 96, Jacques Nathan-Garamond, 1969

Text by Richard Baird

Richard Baird takes a look back at Japanese magazine IDEA Number 96 from 1969, with a special feature on and a cover by Nathan-Garamond

IDEA / アイデア is a quarterly magazine dedicated to graphic design and typography. It was first published in 1953 in Tokyo, Japan by Seibundo Shinkosha Co.,Ltd, and originally art directed by Hiroshi Ohchi. It is still going strong today at number 391. Alongside regular issues, IDEA produced one-off books and a series of Extra Issues. Highlights for me so far have been Issue 323 on Wim Crouwel, Issue 123 on Burton Kramer Associates, and Idea vs The Designer’s Republic for 2000. This issue, Number 96, is one of the earliest copies I have to hand. It features a cover by and the feature on the renowned French designer Jacques Nathan-garamond, alongside pieces on Belgian Graphic Design and the Japanese designer Jitsuo Hoashi. To support the running of BP&O this magazine is available on the LogoArchive.Shop.

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Graphic Design No. 11, 1963

Text by Richard Baird.

Richard Baird takes a look back at Japanese magazine Graphic Design No.11 from 1963, with a special feature from Shigeo Fukuda.

“Graphic Design” / グラフィックデザイン was a monthly magazine from Diamond that moved between the flourishing practice of graphic design (commercial art) and more broadly, visual culture (historical and of the present) both nationally in Japan and internationally. The magazine was distinctive in its proportionality (nearly square), and in its mix of papers. These included dyed uncoated and glossy papers, colour and black and white imagery. But also for its “Graphic Design Labatory” section which often played with the intersection of the graphic, print technologies and materials. This magazine is available on the LogoArchive.Shop.

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Graphic Design No. 14, 1964

Text by Richard Baird.

Graphic Design / グラフィックデザイン was a monthly Japanese magazine published by Diamond Publishing that explored graphic design and visual culture. This covered the latest in Japanese design and some of its history as well as international developments, competitions, exhibitions and new publications. As well as designer showcases, reviews and reportage. It is distinctive in its proportionality, 300mm × 260mm (which feels nearly square), and in its mix of papers. These includes semi-transparent substrates, over-print detail and dyed uncoated papers towards the back of the magazine. This is now available on the LogoArchive.Shop.

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