nicolas damiens envisions tokyo without ads nicolas damiens envisions tokyo without ads
feb 09, 2015

nicolas damiens envisions tokyo without ads

nicolas damiens envisions tokyo without ads
all images courtesy of nicolas damiens

 

 

 

imagine a world without advertisements…difficult, isn’t it? our surroundings are bombarded with names in neon lights, billboards, banners, and boards. french graphic designer nicolas damiens envisions what the bustling streets of japan’s capital would look like without the logos, slogans and company names in his series ‘tokyo no ads’.

 

tokyo is a city that is saturated with signage, from illuminating street streamers advertising restaurants and bars, to billboards that promote TV shows and movies. the surplus of characters and clutter is truly evident when removed from the context of the urban setting. damiens’ animated gifs showing before-and-after images where ads have been eliminated are a startling reminder of how prevalent they really are.

nicolas damiens envisions tokyo without ads
the graphic designer envisions japan’s capital without the logos, slogans and company names

nicolas damiens envisions tokyo without ads
names in neon lights, billboards, banners, and boards are eliminated from the scene

nicolas damiens envisions tokyo without ads
the surplus of characters and clutter is truly evident when removed from the context of the urban setting

nicolas damiens envisions tokyo without ads
television and movie promotions are part of the urban landscape

 

 

 

the series of static images below offer a look at what the city of tokyo would look like if ads were not present:

nicolas damiens envisions tokyo without ads

nicolas-damiens-envisions-tokyo-without-ads-designboom-03

nicolas damiens envisions tokyo without ads

nicolas damiens envisions tokyo without ads

  • Definitely better with the ads. Banal outlook, lazy project, poor result.

    jd says:
  • I don’t see the point of this project at all, seems lazy and minimal effort. If the artist wanted to see Tokyo without light why not photoshop out all the actual lighting equipment as well? e.g. billboards and lanterns.

    Kengki says:
  • Ahhhh…lovely…”without” would be a reason to visit that village. But you could fill this emptyness with beauty instead of blanks. I’m looking forward to times when we can wear goggles that delete areas with ads, HA! But then they will probably insert their own. UH. Life’s bad.

    Dirk16 says:
  • I’m glad someone has made this more widespread though, cities without all these ads would be a lot less bombarding!

    Mehgan says:

have something to add? share your thoughts in our comments section below.

comments policy
LOG IN
designboom's comment policy guidelines
generally speaking, if we publish something, it's because we're genuinely interested in the subject. we hope you'll share this interest and if you know even more about it, please share! our goal in the discussion threads is to have good conversation and we prefer constructive opinions. we and our readers have fun with entertaining ones. designboom welcomes alerts about typos, incorrect names, and the like.
the correction is at the discretion of the post editor and may not happen immediately.

what if you disagree with what we or another commenter has to say?
let's hear it! but please understand that offensive, inappropriate, or just plain annoying comments may be deleted or shortened.

- please do not make racist, sexist, anti-semitic, homophobic or otherwise offensive comments.
- please don't personally insult the writers or your fellow commenters.
- please avoid using offensive words, replacing a few letters with asterisks is not a valid workaround.
- please don't include your website or e-mail address in your comments for the purpose of self-promotion.
- please respect jury verdicts and do not discuss offensively on the competition results
(there is only one fist prize, and designboom usually asks renown professionals to help us to promote talent.
in addition to the awarded designs, we do feel that almost all deserve our attention, that is why we publish
the best 100-200 entries too.)

a link is allowed in comments as long as they add value in the form of information, images, humor, etc. (links to the front page of your personal blog or website are not okay). unwelcome links (to commercial products or services of others, offensive material etc. ) will be redacted. and, ... yes, spam gets banned. no, we do not post fake comments.

PRODUCT LIBRARY

a diverse digital database that acts as a valuable guide in gaining insight and information about a product directly from the manufacturer, and serves as a rich reference point in developing a project or scheme.

art news