WrappingPaper

An Offbeat History of Wrapping Paper

Imprint’s longtime color columnist, Jude Stewart, is writing a new series on patterns in design. Previously, she asked whether ornament is really a crime, spoke to the founders of a London-based “pattern consultancy,” and toured Philadelphia University’s patterns archive. Here’s a …

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The Century 21 of Kimono Design

In a world where everything looks the same in terms of big-retail fashion, it’s refreshing to come across this catalog of Japanese Kimono designs.

Tanaka-san, Color Man

Lucas López from Buenos Aires has just published a little jewel called Ikko Tanaka: Colour and Silence, marking the ten year anniversary of Tanaka’s death (1930–2002). The self-generated book is the first one in Spanish and can be found here.

The Rising Son of Alternative Japanese Design

Koga Hirano defined the alternative graphic design movement in postwar Japan, through literally thousands of posters and book jackets. Before counterculture design movements rebelled against the International Style in the West, in 1962 Hirano became the poster, program, and scenic …