IDEA magazine345
2011/3
Kouga Hirano: Letters and Movements

IDEA No.345
Published: 2011/3
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Kouga Hirano: Letters and Movements
Kouga Hirano is a Japanese graphic designer who is known for creating book designs using his unique handwritten letters. Since the 1960s, he has designed more than 6,000 books and worked consistentlyand closely with particular clients including: publishers like Shobunsha, theatre companies such as Kuro Tento (Black Tent) and musical groups like Suigyu-Gakudan (Buffalo Band). His works for individual clients are diverse, but form a uniform visual approach.
In this issue, we introduce his varied work including books, posters, flyers and brochures while focusing on his activities in cultural and underground contexts.

[Text in Japanese]
Shueitai: Revival of the Classic Typeface
Street Typography in Japan
by Kentaro “ANI” Fujimoto
Fumio Tachibana “Design”
“The Designers Republic Come Home”
Special Interview with Ian Anderson
Kieler Woche: History of a Design Contest

Kouga Hirano: Letters and Movements
Interview with Kouga Hirano

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Shueitai: Revival of the Classic Typeface
Report on the recent project for recutting “Shueitai”, a classic typeface developed by Dai Nippon Printing, one of the giants in Japanese printiing industry.
[Japanese]

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Street Typography in Japan
by Kentaro “ANI” Fujimoto
[Japanese]

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Fumio Tachibana “Design”
Visual article
[Japanese]

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Life and Death of Schtücco
Text by Yasuo Totsuka, Photo by Masahito Yamamoto
Book & Information
“The Designers Republic Come Home”
Special Interview with Ian Anderson

[Japanese & English]

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Kieler Woche: History of a Design Contest
[Japanese & English]

The first poster competition for the Kieler Woche regatta was held in 1950, and over the years this annual event has come to be Europe’s most prestigious design competition.
Since 1959, five designers or design practices have been invited to take part.
While the poster competition became a corporate design competition in the 1970s, the Kieler Woche theme remained unchanged, so the designs submitted over the past sixty
years offer a unique survey of how European graphic design has developed. This article features tells the exciting story of the Kieler Woche design competition and its rich traditions.

Based on Jens Müller, Karen Weiland, A5/04: Kieler Woche – History of a Design Contest, Baden: Lars Müller Publishers, 2010

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