We like to think of ourselves as debonair international men/women of mystery types, for whom cosmopolitan is a philosophy as well as a cocktail. And on dreary days like today we can live out that ambition to the full by way of a brilliant exhibition of Japanese design on show in Germany. The Gestalten space is currently hosting the Tokyo Art Directors Club Award: The Best of Japanese Communication Design bringing a bounty of beautiful work to Berlin and it’s a treasure trove of far eastern talent.
Now in its 60th year, the prestigious award has 75 top art directors on its jury and celebrates the very best broadcast advertising, interactive media, graphic design, editorial design, packaging, photography, and illustration. The act of bringing it to Europe is a justified boast about the state of the Japanese design scene and a window into a visual world many may not be familiar with.
The show runs until June 3.
- Anthony Burrill tells us about his numerous Etsy WORK HARD rip-offs
- Stina Löfgren’s instructional illustrations for practical lunges
- Scandinavian aesthetics and do-right design approach: the brand values of Nudie Jeans
- A beautiful portrait of the communities, theatre and blingy pants of South Yorkshire wrestling
- Back to basics with Davide Di Gennaro’s symbol-heavy design workshop identity
- “I wouldn’t recommend trying to make it as an illustrator to anyone”: straight-talking McBess
- Should illustrators be treated like designers?
- Jonathan Barnbrook talks us through designing David Bowie's new album artwork
- Colourful masses with a Memphis aesthetic in Mariano Pascual’s illustrated alphabet
- Grey London's thoughtful, powerful and innovative new campaign for Tate Britain
- Anthony Burrill on starting out and staying focussed
- Introducing French design studio plus mûrs and its beautiful poster designs