Throwback IDEA #372


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Daijiro Ohara: Song Lines

This special feature presents the work of Tokyo-based designer Daijiro Ohara, known for his expressive typography-based works. A Musashino Art University graduate and principal of Omomma studio, Ohara’s work focuses on typography, graphics, sculptures and editorial projects. In addition to commissioned work, he has been active in self-initiated projects, including exhibitions, workshops, and publications, through which he explores new perceptions of language, words and characters.

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His main projects, featured in this issue, include the typography installation work Typogravity; the graphic series Ridge Line, which reconstructs mountain photography and trekking maps by Takashi Homma; and the TypogRAPy performance collaboration with musician Shuta Hasunuma and rapper Illreme. Ohara is the recipient of the 2014 JAGDA New Designer Award and the 2014 Tokyo TDC Award.

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Also included in this issue is volume 5 of “All we know about Japanese Zines: The 1960s and 1970s Part One―Post-occupation Japan” and volume 7 of the bilingual series Yellow Pages, titled “Foreign Policy Design Group (Singapore)”, which provides a glance at a Singaporean design today. Following that is an article on the Tokyo-based graphic design school MeMe Design School’s 2015 Symposium, titled “Between Style and Design”, and an interview on Ikko Tanaka x Issey Miyake collaboration project. Reports on the Moji ni Moji ten exhibition in Shodoshima and on the 4th International Typography Biennale (Typojanchi 2015) are also included. 

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