Poster Annual Submission Spotlight: Japanese Designers

Screen Shot 2014-01-17 at 10.32.41 AMBeginning,’ Toyotsugo Itoh                                        Graduation Exhibition 2011‘ Toyotsugo Itoh

Japanese Designer Toyotsugo Itoh – Beginning

Toyotsugo Itoh fuses the personability of traditional Japanese art with the refreshing originality of contemporary design. The smooth, flowing lines of Toyotsugu’s “Beginning,” suggest the movement of water through human forms. The environmental poster, part of the “Move One” exhibit, was submitted to this year’s Poster Annual 2015.

Itoh comes from a tradition of great Japanese designers, many of whom are consistent Graphis winners. Takahiro Shima has also submitted to this year’s Poster Annual 2015. Represented in the Poster Annual 2014 are Platinum winner Mitsuo Katsui, Gold winner AN Kiyoung and Platinum winner Tetsuro MinorikawaAdditional Japanese designers include Singo Fujiwakia Gold winner in the Poster Annual 2013Yasuhiko Kidaa Gold winner in our Poster 2012 and Takashi Akiyamaa winner in the past three poster annuals. Graphis Magazine Issue 102 presents Marsaru Katsumi’s words on young Japanese designers. Poster Annual 2007 features an interview with famed Japanese designer Shin MatsunagaGraphis Brochures 5 highlights Japanese designer Taku Satoh

Our Japanese Masters include Takenobu IgarashiMitsuo Katsui, Tamotsu YagiShin Matsunaga, Issey Miyake, Makoto Saito and Ikko Tanaka, among others.

Screen Shot 2014-01-16 at 10.50.18 AMFood, Clothing and Shelter’, Takahiro Shima           ‘Romeo and Juliet‘ by Tetsuro Minorikawa

Toyotsugu, too, is a consistent Graphis award winner, who has been represented in our Poster Annuals since 2006. His“Graduation Exhibition 2011” and “Sign-Digital Energy” were both awarded Golds in our Poster Annual 2012, and his “LIFELINE” was awarded a Gold in our Poster Annual 2010 competition, among others. To check out more work by Toyotsugo Itoh, click here.

The Poster Competition features the most compelling and influential design of the year. Prizes consist of gold and platinum awards, with winning entries published in the Poster Annual 2015. To submit your own work to the Poster Annual 2015 competition, click here.

Author: Rachel Lowry

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