Japanese graphic design from the 1920s-30s

Like pretty much every graphic designer, I’m fascinated by graphic design from other cultures – how seemingly incomprehensible glyphs and images combine to create a message. The message doesn’t really have to be understood, I guess, just look good. Or interesting… 🙂

(Via Design daily news.)

Pink Tentacle gathered a great set of vintage graphic design examples from Japan, take a look there for some more.

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2 Responses to Japanese graphic design from the 1920s-30s

  1. Valerie says:

    Those are amazing. It always fascinates me to know that they did those kinds of amazing pieces without computers. Great post!

  2. Beautiful stuff!
    Reading Valerie’s comment: it reminded me of an encounter I set up some years ago between a graphic designer who I’d known for a round a century and a half, and a young computer graphics operator: the brief was for them to come up with a logo/theme for a conference. Conversation went as follows:
    She (young graphic op.-looking for software compatibility): what do you use?
    He(traditionlal graphic designer): magic markers.
    She: I’ve never used that.
    Once she got over the fact that he actually drew designs they got on famously- and the end result was great example of old and new technology meeting without arguing!!

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