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Nicholas Bonner shares his collection of North Korean graphics collected since 1993

A landscape architect by training, Nicolas Bonner moved to Asia in 1993, settling in Beijing. Since then, Nicolas has become a self proclaimed graphic hoarder of ephemera collected across the border in North Korea, recently releasing his findings in Made In North Korea: Graphic from Everyday life in the DPRK, with Phaidon.

Taking to the Nicer Tuesdays stage to tell us a little more about his fascination with North Korean graphics from signage to packaging, Nicolas shared the various traits of graphic design in the country, from bold colour palettes which act as symbolism to cultural images influenced by Japan and China.

A rare insight into North Korean graphics, Nicolas’ talk adds context to the eye-catching design that fills his tome, and as his friend Paul French described it: “Nobody has ever turned the accumulated rubbish under their bed into a better book.”


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