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    Tadashi Ueda: 少し前からサボテンを育て始めました。(crop)

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Weird and wonderful Japanese graphic design from Tadashi Ueda

Posted by Liv Siddall,

Thank God that in the barren scrap heap of graphic design littered with apps, bogus coffee shop logos and poorly thought-out iPad swipe features there is someone making work infused with joy, love and humour. Tadashi Ueda’s designs have such a child-like innocence and excitable fascination with exploration – he utilises colours and shapes laid out in unpredictable grids to take the viewer’s hand and lead them on a journey into his eyeballs to witness the way in which he sees the world.

A far cry away from some more super-nice stationary laid out on coloured backgrounds and shot with an HD camera, this work is experimental to the point of jumping categories from graphic design into art. We often wonder if Japanese graphic design is only appealing because of the mystery – the fact that the majority of us don’t know what the exotic characters even mean. I think this time it’s safe to say that that’s not the case – even if these posters were actually advertising a funeral of a loved-one, I’d still enjoy them.

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    Tadashi Ueda: Untitled

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    Tadashi Ueda: Yutaka Satoh + Gengo Yamaguchi + Tadashi Ueda

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    Tadashi Ueda: Yutaka Satoh + Gengo Yamaguchi + Tadashi Ueda

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    Tadashi Ueda: Untitled

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    Tadashi Ueda: Toner Party (Neon Color Posters)

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    Tadashi Ueda: Toner Party (Neon Color Posters)

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    Tadashi Ueda: Toner Party (Neon Color Posters)

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    Tadashi Ueda: New Year Card 2014

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    Tadashi Ueda: a PAPER Vol.2

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    Tadashi Ueda: 少し前からサボテンを育て始めました。

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Posted by Liv Siddall

Liv joined It’s Nice That as an intern in 2011 and is now one of our editors. She oversees itsnicethat.com and has a particular interest in illustration, photography and music videos. She is also a regular guest and sometime host on our Studio Audience podcast.

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