IDEA magazine387
Examining the History of Japanese Book Design from the Perspective of Publishing from 1996 to 2020

Examining the History of Japanese Book Design
from the Perspective of Publishing from 1996 to 2020

Direction by Toshinobu Nagata & Jun Kawana & Isao Mitobe & Idea
Design by LABORATORIES (Kensaku Kato, Hiroyuki Kishida)
Photography by GTTGHM (Title Pages) & Satoshi Aoyagi (Books)

Foreword: Memorandum of Understanding for the History of Book Design in Japan
Text by Toshinobu Nagata

Chapter 1: Polyphony on Paper

Voice of Provocative Concrete Poets
Text by Isao Mitobe

From the“ Low-margin, High-volume” Type to the“ High Added Value” Type
The Change in the Publishing Industry Since 1996
Text by Wataru Hoshino

Chapter 2: Title Bricolage

Make the Only One with Tools on Hand
Text by Toshinobu Nagata

25 Years of Best Seller
Text by Shuji Sawamura

Chapter 3: Boundary Between Words / Figure and Form

Relationship and Transition of the Poetry and the Hand Letters
Text by Jun Kawana

Subtractive for the Cooking Photo
Text by Tetsuya Miura

Chapter 4: Book Design Old School

Books Become a Luxury Object
Text by Toshinobu Nagata

Book and Design––This World and the World to Come
Text by Kiyonori Muroga

Chapter 5: Image Arena

Change Always Comes from the Unknown (Maybe…)
Text by Toshinobu Nagata

Round-table Talk: Book Design is Book Design
Speaker: Toshinobu Nagata, Jun Kawana, Isao Mitobe & Kensaku Kato
Text by Toshinobu Nagata

Towards the Essence of Publication
Text by Toshinobu Nagata

Spagetti and Typography: Junpei Niki
Text, Photography & Design by: Yasuo Totsuka (nu)


[Series] FormSWISS #2 Swiss Italian linguistic region
Total Planning / Production by Form
Art Direction & Design by &Form
Writing by Arata Maruyama
Translation by Kazuko Fujimoto-Hedges, Mika Iwasaka
Photography by Simone Cavadini, Arata Maruyama
Typeface by Swiss Typefaces
Printing (pp. 119-120) by Taiyo Printing
Cooperation by Embassy of Switzerland in Japan, Swiss Typefaces, Taiyo Printing
Special Thanks: Gigi Mascheloni, Viviana Altafin

Simone Cavadini

Jannuzzi Smith

Bruno Monguzzi

Alfio Mazzei


Mario Botta & Accademia di Architettura

[Report] Books and Arts Exhibition vol. 3 Naoki Sato Circulating Pages and Murals
Design by Kazuhiro Yamada (nipponia)

Circulating Pages and Murals
Text by Naoki Sato

[Event Report] Graphic Trial 2019