Archive for the ‘International Design’ Category

Designing Design – by Kenya Hara

Saturday, September 22nd, 2007

About the Author
Kenya Hara (1958) is a graphic designer, Professor at the Art University Musashino and communication advisor for Muji.  

Representing a new generation of designers in Japan, Kenya Hara (born 1958) pays tribute to his mentors, using long overlooked Japanese icons and images in much of his work. In “Designing Design”, he impresses upon the reader the importance of “emptiness” in both the visual and philosophical traditions of Japan, and its application to design, made visible by means of numerous examples from his own work: Hara for instance designed the opening and closing ceremony programs for the Nagano Winter Olympic Games 1998. In 2001, he enrolled as a board member for the Japanese label MUJI and has considerably moulded the identity of this successful corporation as communication and design advisor ever since. Kenya Hara, alongside Naoto Fukasawa one of the leading design personalities in Japan, has also called attention to himself with exhibitions such as “Re-Design: The Daily Products of the 21st Century” of 2000.

Design source Flickr set (Alki1’s photos)

Friday, July 6th, 2007

Some great design references in this Flickr set from Alki1.

10th Anniversary! SHIFT

Monday, April 30th, 2007

The Influential Japanese style magazine updates its site: – Brand new Asian art and illustration blog

Sunday, March 25th, 2007 is a web resource portal for Asia’s artists and drawings. This site was started with the aim of showcasing and sharing drawings from talented artists in Asia, and in the process, promote the joys of drawing.


UNDESIGN – glimpses of Tibor Kalman

Friday, March 23rd, 2007

“Undesign” is a concept whose time has finally come. Creative individuals can harness the power and accessibility of the Internet to make media to their own standards and promote social change in the world around them. But how many are actually doing it? How many good designers (and writers and artists) are, in the words of the late Tibor Kalman, out there “making trouble?” Over the coming months, we’ve made it our mission to find them: The creative lunatics. The authentic voices. The community activists. The visionary entrepreneurs. The designers reaching out beyond their own ego. The culture jammers. The madmen and madwomen with a mission. The people that give something back. The ones making a difference…


Miss Van – New Works

Friday, March 16th, 2007


H E A R T_ T H R O B :_ M I S S _ V A N _ _J U N K O _ M I Z U N O _ | _ A I K O _ N A K A G A W A

March 10 – April 7


Lynette Wallworth

Thursday, March 15th, 2007

EXHIBITION: National Glass Centre, Sunderland, UK, March 17 to June 17

Lynette Wallworth (b. 1961, Sydney) is an Australian artist whose practice spans video installation, photography, short film, and performance. In her current body of work, she specialises in the creation of gently immersive installation environments which offer a tactile gateway. Frequently the works are developed in series to provide a sense of a cumulative process that changes over time. The environments are not passive spaces but rely on activation by the participant/viewer. The interplay between the moving image, sound, space and visitor as component elements in the ecosystem of a work is the artist’s primary focus.


kozyndan – Illustration Portfolio

Tuesday, March 6th, 2007

Portfolio from design duo and married couple Dan and Kozy Kitchens, aka Kozyndan.


Giant Robot

Tuesday, March 6th, 2007

Asian Pop Culture and Beyond

Interesting Online Mag/Blog type thing with lots of design, illustration and interviews, from an asian perspective.


WEB POSTER EXHIBITION – Who’s Who in Iranian Posters

Monday, March 5th, 2007

A list of iranian poster designers. The selection is quite arbitrary – ie some found in the POSTER BIBLIOGRAPHY or on the net etc, recent prize winners and so on – so if you are not on this page don’t panic, your day will com!