LogoArchive zine documents japanese logo design from the 1960s to the 2000s

LogoArchive zine documents japanese logo design from the 1960s to the 2000s

london-based writer and designer richard baird has collaborated with fellow designer hugh miller on agokare, the 4th issue of the LogoArchive zine — a series of booklets dedicated to the modernist logo-making of the mid-century. this extra issue, which is the first to be released in both english and japanese, explores japanese logo design.

akogare issue of LogoArchive zine documents japanese logo design from 1960 to the 2000s
image by hugh miller

 

 

‘hugh miller had spent time working at renowned studio SPIN on projects such as the whitechapel and haunch of venison gallery identity and was embedded into the brand teams of both nokia and microsoft,’ comments richard baird. ‘I discovered his work whilst writing for BP&O and had the pleasure of meeting him back in 2018. hugh had co-founded the London office of international design studio BOND and, under his direction, had produced a string of projects that wove together elegant ideas, visual sophistication and material subtlety. when it came to the design of this extra Issue, which required cultural insight and a sensitive and delicate hand, hugh was an obvious choice, and a pleasure to work with. his insightful and creative approach honors the craft and care of the logos presented in this issue of LogoArchive.’

akogare issue of LogoArchive zine documents japanese logo design from 1960 to the 2000s
image by hugh miller

 

 

this akogare issue of the LogoArchive zine documents the japanese logo design from the 1960s until the 2000s. it focuses on transparency, in both visual design and materiality. it references the lightness and delicacy of items bought by baird and miller in japan, including issey miyake’s folded paper lights. utilizing japanese papers throughout, there’s also the addition of an extra composed of a heated die and using semi-transparent paper.

akogare issue of LogoArchive zine documents japanese logo design from 1960 to the 2000s
image by richard baird

 

 

‘the zine intends to evoke–through materials, processes, form, content and ‘atmosphere’–’akogare’, a deep feeling of respect and admiration for those I look up to, and a feeling of never being able to reach the same level,’ comments miller. ‘for me, this is japanese designers and publications such as IDEA and graphic design, and the works of igarashi, tanaka and nagai. the zine is a gift, as japanese designers and publications gave to the west. I hope, through its materiality, it also delivers a bit more nuance.’

akogare issue of LogoArchive zine documents japanese logo design from 1960 to the 2000s
image by richard baird

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