I find The Art Of Computer Designing: A Black and White Approach by Osamu Sato to be pretty fascinating. Released in 1993, it’s an intriguing look at ways to produce art on computers, by someone who has created pretty trippy games (Eastern Mind: The Lost Souls of Tong-Nou, LSD: Dream Emulator). Read more about Sato and the book here, and you can download the whole thing here, courtesy of Archive.org. Via Simon Carless.
Bento Graphics produced this lovely magazine/pamphlet for the Tokyo metropolitan government — you can download it as a PDF here.
Lovely cover for the 44th issue of Idea magazine (from 1960). Via Gener8ion.
Shibuya has been undergoing some major redevelopment work for years now, but here’s a great look at what all these changes are going to look like once it’s all done in 2027 — a lot will already be ready ahead of 2020.
My buddy Ian has just produced a new lovely little handbook called Cannibals, which he describes as “a handbook of dubious exercises, tips, and rants about becoming a designer how teaches.” I loved his Start Somewhere handbook, and am very much looking forward to reading this one.
I have no idea when these were created or for what context (spotted via this Gener8ion Tumblr post) — it looks like a sticker sheet — but I sure love all of these logos for the band YMO (Yellow Magic Orchestra).
I’m very happy to see the arrival of the new Designart (“Design & Art”) festival in Tokyo, set to take place for the first time in October of this year. I’m especially happy because among the founders are Astrid Klein & Mark Dytham, who I of course worked with during my last 6 years in Tokyo. Here’s a Facebook post by Mark talking about the new event.
Photography site State of Tokyo gets a lovely new logo, and here’s the tale of how it got made.
This is absolutely brilliant package design by Nosigner for a company that produces maekake (traditional workman aprons). See more in this Spoon & Tamago post.
I’ve mentioned the Tokyoiter project before, and was happy to see that they’ve launched an exhibition to celebrate the project, and to launch a few new “covers.” This Facebook post includes a few photos taken by Julie Skogoreva from the opening. The show is held at the Kaisu Hostel, and runs until July 7.