Feb 22, 2011

-Traditional Japanese Packaging-

- Conveying the "aesthetic" and "resonance" of Traditional Japanese Culture, "Wa".
Currently "Wa" culture boom is taking place in every media in Japan. This phenomenon indicates that growing skepticism about expanding mass production and consumption in the world and Traditional Japanese Culture is being re-evaluated today; the cultural values on making harmonious coexistence with nature, and a sense of creating daily commodities by own hand.
Traditional Japanese Packaging is an art form that applies sophisticated design and natural aesthetic to simple objects. This book is a collection of the late Hideyuki Oka who was a top collector and researcher of Japanese Packaging, featuring the embodiment of "Wa" culture's aesthetic and resonance.

Hideyuki Oka (1905-1995) was one of Japan's leading graphic designers. He was the pioneer who created Multidiscipline design office which engages designer, photographer, advertising copywriter together, in Japan.
His Packaging Collection is largely constructed of bamboo, rice straw, hemp twine, paper, and leaves, all of the objects are made from natural materials.
Throughout many exhibitions and books (Ex. "How to Wrap Five Egg" translated in English and published by Waterhill in 2008), ha has been known in broad as well as in Japan.

+ Contents +
p.10 Table of contents : the origin of Packaging : written by Hideyuki Oka
p.18 Wood
p52 Bamboo
p.80 Bamboo grass
p.92 Straw
p.114 Soil
p.132 Paper
p.162 Others
p.178 About "Packaging collection"
p.180 The origin of traditional Japanese Packaging and aesthetic feeling
p.184 List of Plates (in Japanese)
p.190 List of Plates (in English) p.194 Index of Magro Museum of Art (Tokyo)'s Packaging collections (these collections are formally owned by Hideyuki Oka)

Edit: Meguro Museum of Art, Tokyo
Art direction & Design: Takasuke Onishi (direction Q)
Price: 2,381 yen + tax (ISBN 978-4-86100-771-2)
Fromat: 183 x 257 mm, 208 pages (Full color), Paperback
Language: Japanese-English Bilingual / Release Date: 22th February 2011

Feb 9, 2011

Typesetting and Layout (Renewal Edition)

The "Typesetting and Layout" (published in 2007) has been completely updated!! The text compositions of well-known magazines are unveiled throughout this book.
This book is showcasing page layout techniques from designs of printing plate to font style and the settings of space, composite font, kerning, etc. As a DTP reference book to design "the Japanese composition" which is the Japanese and European language mixture, this is a must book for designers who engage in page designs.

+ picked up magazines +
BRUTUS / pen / LEON / CQ JAPAN / HUGE / Hanako FOR MEN / MEN'S EX / Tarzan / Number / BICYCLE NAVI / 山と渓谷 / NALU / ミセス / 美しいキモノ / 七緒 / an・an / Numero TOKYO / WWD FOR JAPAN / InRed / 小悪魔ageha / 天然生活 / ecocolo / ソトコト / 東京人 / おとなの週末 / 自遊人/ 散歩の達人 / 一個人 / 考える人 / チルチンびと / 都心に住む / LIVES / AERA / モノ・マガジン / ELLE DECOR / 美術手帳 / カメラ日和 / REAL DESIGN / 北欧スタイル / OZ magazine / SAVVY / dancyu / 料理通信 / 男子食堂 / edu / AERA with KIDS / ダ・ヴィンチ / サイゾー / ぴあ / マンスリーよしもとPlus / ピクトアップ / Mac Fan / + DESIGNING / ブレーン / NYLON JAPAN / QUOTATION / AZIS / 新建築 / Rolling Stone / フォトテクニック デジタル

Author & Editor: Obscure, Inc.
Price: 2,500 yen + tax (ISBN 978-4-86100-753-8)
Format: 183 x 257 mm, 132 pages (Full color), Paperback
Language: Japanese / Release date 9th February