Spring 2018

Japanese traces

Fragments of Graphism: An Alternative History of Graphic Design in Japan

Creation Gallery G8, Tokyo, 23 January–22 February 2018

This winter, the Tokyo exhibition ‘Fragments of Graphism: An Alternative History of Graphic Design in Japan’ asked some 60 graphic designers and studios to respond to the question: ‘What is the history of graphic design in Japan?’. By focusing mainly on young designers, the exhibition’s curators set out to tell an alternative history to the one that is widely disseminated.


Top: Installation image of ‘Fragments of Graphism’ at Creation Gallery G8, taken by Kenta Hasegawa.

Alexandre Dimos, designer and principal, deValence, Paris
Translated from the French by Deborah Burnstone

Read the full version in Eye no. 96 vol. 24, 2018


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