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Takenobu Igarashi: A to Z

Takenobu Igarashi, Sakura Nomiyama, Haruki Mori


The complete retrospective of Japan’s ingenious master of three-dimensional typography

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In the mid-1970s designer Takenobu Igarashi began a prolific, decade-long exploration into possibilities of three-dimensional typography. His first experiments with axonometric lettering appeared on magazine covers, posters, and record sleeves – taking influence from the avant garde typography of the 1920s but rendered afresh as bold sculptural letterforms. Timeless, arresting, and technically dazzling, Igarashi’s signature style demonstrates a mastery of three-dimensional type and perspective draftsmanship, refined long before the introduction of computers into the design industry.

A to Z offers an exhaustive guide to Igarashi’s experiments with typography, featuring not only his celebrated print and physical works – many photographed specially for this publication – but also a first look, using never before seen archival work, at the plans, drawings and production drafts behind his iconic works. Spanning early print works, hand-drawn experiments, self-initiated sculptural pieces, and highprofile 3D identities for a range of international clients and institutions, A to Z is a long overdue overview of one of the most revered but least celebrated graphic designers of the 20th century.

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'A long-overdue overview of one of the most revered graphic designers of the 20th century'
Creative Boom

'Charts the lasting influence of a truly visionary typographer, who gives each letter a life beyond the page'

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Book Details

Format: Hardback

Size: 25.0 x 20.0 cm

Extent: 384 pp

Publication date: 24 September 2020

ISBN: 9780500023068

About the Author

Sakura Nomiyama is a Design Historian. She has worked as a freelance design researcher and curator, most recently contributing to the ‘Marcel Breuer’s Furniture’ exhibit at the National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo. Haruki Mori is Design Director of Mori Design Inc, Tokyo.