News 06/2013

The Klingspor Museum Offenbach, Germany
July 19 to September 9, 2013
Opening on Friday, July 19 at 7 pm.

The Klingspor Museum Offenbach, Germany, will offer a fine arrangement of graphic design of two members of the A.G.I. proving international relationship and exchange of a special kind: Takashi Kono and Max Huber. Also on exhibit will be the work of Aoi Huber Kono to link both the men and their work. Aoi, daughter of Takashi, married Max Huber and was living together with him near Chiasso, where she helped to found the m.a.x. museo. She proves to be a remarkable designer and artist herself especially in the field of illustrating books, mainly for children. The exhibition includes examples of the work of all three artists, a combination exhibited for the first time.

Takashi Kono (1906-1999) and Max Huber (1919-1992) are known as most fruitful contributors to the graphic design of their time. The lyrical and very much introverted language of Takashi Kono appears quite different compared to Max Huber and his straight forward, dynamic attitude, due to the influence of the characteristics of Suisse design in the beginning of the 20th century. His close friendship to Max Bill is only one point to indicate his sources which he developed to his very own of expression.

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Makoto Nakamura 1926-2013

We are sad to report that Makoto Nakamura died on June 2nd of pneumonia. He had been an AGI member for 28 years.

Known for his Photographic posters of beauty for Shiseido, he was inducted into the Tokyo ADC Hall of fame and received the Purple Ribbon Medal, given by the Japanese government to honour a major contribution to society in the field of science or the arts. He will be greatly missed.

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Dutch graphic heritage

The 'Bijzondere Collecties.Uva' ('Special Collections of the Amsterdam University) have taken the initiative to unite the most important existing organizations that play a role in the interests of the Dutch graphic heritage  under a new 'umbrella': the Wim Crouwel Institute for heritage graphic design and typography.

This institute spans the activities of NAGO (Netherlands Graphic Designers' Archive), the Foundation 'Best Designed Books', and the 'Foundation for Graphic Culture'.

The new institute will be officially launched on May 18, 2013.

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Ken Cato received an Officer of the Order of Australia in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List on Monday 10th of June, 2013. This honour was awarded 'for distinguished service to the graphic design profession as a practitioner, and through education and development roles both nationally and internationally'.

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Paula Scher has been awarded the 2013 National Design Award for Communication Design. The National Design Awards celebrate outstanding achievement and innovation in design and are sponsored by Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum (USA). First Lady Michelle Obama serves as the Honorary Patron for this year’s awards, and the recipients will be honoured at a gala on October 17, 2013 in New York, in conjunction with National Design Week.

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Date: February 8 - June 2, 2013
Venue: 21_21 DESIGN SIGHT

The exhibition "Design Ah!” based on the theme "Design Mind," is directed by Taku Satoh, general director of NHK educational channel "Design Ah!"  along with Yugo Nakamura and Keigo Oyamada also involved in the program. Along with clairvoyance and creativity, the physical ability to unconsciously determine the adequacy of the things around us is an integral element for carrying on with our daily lives. Here, we call the capabilities honed by these two aspects as the "Design Mind."
The exhibition introduces many ideas for fostering a Design Mind through works that visitors can experience with their entire body by using audio and footage.

Here is an interesting interview with Taku Satoh about the show:

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Thomas Couderc work updates

Thomas Couderc has updated their work, see it here.

Clément Vauchez work updates

Clément Vauchez has updated their work, see it here.

Alexandre Dimos work updates

Alexandre Dimos has updated their work, see it here.

Yu Guang work updates

Yu Guang has updated their work, see it here.

Alan Chan work updates

Alan Chan has updated their work, see it here.