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Idea 387 – History of Japanese Book Design

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Idea 387 examines the History of Japanese Book Design from the Perspective of Publishing from 1996 to 2020.
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Idea 387 – 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

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