Monday, 14 February 2011

Typography posters

I went to the Teien Museum in Meguro (Tokyo) over the weekend, where there is an exhibition of typographic posters from throughout the past 100 years. There's a small introduction to each couple of decades explaining trends and tendencies. The work ranges from a concentration on sans serif to the liquid text of 60s American rock, a classic Modern Jazz Quartet poster to a classic constructivist Russian poster, Tadanori Yokoo's cutup techique to Morizawa's bizarre font-as-rubbish promotional poster. Plenty of the familiar, but plenty to inspire anew. Above, Ryuichi Yamashiro's "Forest" (hayashi-mori) promoting Japan's woodland, 1955. Below, Kari Piipo's 1993 Hamlet poster.

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