Title: Graphic Design
Issue: Number 14, January
Size: 300mm × 260mm
Format: Soft Cover Magazine
Language: Japanese w/ English Summery
Condition: Fair. Discolouration with age.
Creases to the insert but not damage.
Graphic Design was a monthly Japanese magazine published by Diamond that focused on graphic design and visual culture. It was distinctive in its proportionality (nearly square), and in its mix of substrates and surfaces.
Of the four copies of this magazine in the LogoArchive.Shop, this has to be the most stunning in terms of cover, content and materiality. The cover is taken from a section of the magazine called "graphic design laboratory", an experimental space of visual and material design. It features a image resembling something of the nerves of an eye applied as an over-print on semi-transparent paper. It is a beautiful and unexpected piece of work by Awazu Kiyoshi. This is creased in this copy. There's no tearing. This is reflected in the price.
Other highlights include a feature on Studio Boggeri, an Italian studio, and a portion on the works of Nakajo Masayoshi. This issue is predominantly Japanese texts, however, includes English captions and Japanese summaries printed on an uncoated mustard paper in the back.
A call for entries for Typomundo 20, which is printed on a perforated insert with tip in and gate fold, remains intact. It is a beautiful example of what graphic design magazines once were, and could of course be again. Each page is a surprise and a delight, with thoughtful ideas and compositions.