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

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nicolas damiens envisions tokyo without ads

nicolas damiens envisions tokyo without ads

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

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

    jd

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