Title: Graphic Design
Issue: Number 11, April
Size: 300mm × 260mm
Format: Soft Cover Magazine
Language: Japanese w/ English Summery
Condition: Good. Discolouration, slight scuffs with age.
"Graphic Design" was a monthly magazine published by Diamond Publishing that moved between the flourishing practice of graphic design (commercial art) and more broadly, visual culture (historical and of the present) both nationally in Japan and internationally. The magazine was distinctive in its proportionality (nearly square), and in its mix of papers. These includes dyed uncoated and glossy papers, colour and black and white imagery.
Although a predominantly Japanese language magazine, this is one that includes English summaries in the back, printed on a lovely mustard dyed paper. These offer a range of insights. Features in this issue: work by Shigeo Fukuda, including a few of his logos, a section on calendar design–past and present, and a piece on new trends in LP jacket design. Many of the insights remain relevant today, and there's some lovely colour images.
This issue really stands out for the initial graphic impact of the cover (a gradated circle on the white surface of a nearly square magazine) and, on closer inspection, the revelation of it being a photograph of a new dawn and dove. Or is it dusk?