Looking Back: Graphic Design from Japan’s Past

May 15, 2012 Graphic & Comm. Design, General 0 Comments

In the first half of the 20th century, Japan’s media embraced waves of new styles of graphic design as social change rippled through the nation. Along with the growth of modern industry and technology, a burgeoning interest in Western art and culture eventually led to the prevalence of a more leftist political thought, and all of these influences made a dramatic impact on Japan’s graphic design and communication design.

See just a couple of examples of their powerful design in the images below – and find more at this great site that captures extraordinary glimpses from a (now out-of-print) book dedicated to early 20th century Japanese design.

Poster design by Shujiro Shimomura, 1928

Poster for "Volga" and "College Life," 1930


What do you think?