The 349th Exhibition
Yoshiaki Irobe: WALL
September 02, 2015 - September 28, 2015
Graphic design, a form of creation involving physical materials such as printed matter, is regarded by Yoshiaki Irobe as the work of giving form in the human mind to non-physical things like memory, impressions or feelings. Through wide-ranging design work including visual identity, sign systems, exhibition graphics and editorial/book design, he is constantly thinking about how to fully apply the power of graphic design in society.
The exhibition "Yoshiaki Irobe: WALL" will be a site for presenting TOKYO PROJECT. Irobe developed this project with the aim of actualization based on presentations held at Tokyo Design 2020 Forum, which was established after Tokyo was named the host city of the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games. By redesigning and standardizing existing neighborhood notice boards, which have disparate formats, lettering, colors and shapes, TOKYO PROJECT aims not only to enhance their function of clearly showing locations, but also to create a new Tokyo look that will be quietly input into the depths of people's memories. This exhibition also presents many projects that Irobe has carried out while moving through the territories of surfaces, three-dimensional objects and space, including such highly impressive sign systems projects as the renovations of the Kawamura Memorial DIC Museum of Art and the Ichihara Lakeside Museum, and the exhibition design direction of the Takeo Paper Show.
Mr. Irobe says he believes in "the power of design, which is created by small continuities extending uninterrupted like wallpaper." By turning his past projects and newly proposed projects into a wall, we hope to demonstrate this power.
Design by Yoshiaki Irobe
ginza graphic gallery (ggg)
DNP Ginza Building, 7-2, Ginza 7-chome@
Chuo-ku, Tokyo 104-0061
Opening hours: 11:00am – 7:00pm (until 6:00pm on Saturdays)
Closed on Sundays and holidays
Venue: 3F, DNP Ginza Building
Admission free, Reservation required, 70 seats available
1. Branding Tokyo
Friday, September 4, 6:30 - 8:00pm
Speakers: Kazuhumi Nagai (HAKUHODO DESIGN, Art Director) + Isao Suzuki (Type Project, Type Designer) + Yoshiaki Irobe
*Booking starts from August 20.
2. Civic Pride Campaigns in the World
Thursday, September 17, 6:30 - 8:00pm
Speakers: Nobuko Shimuta (Editor and Design Producer) + Isao Suzuki (Type Project, Type Designer) + Yoshiaki Irobe
*Booking starts from September 2.
Graphic designer Yoshiaki Irobe was born in Chiba Prefecture in 1974. Upon completing a Masters Degree at Tokyo University of the Arts, he joined the Nippon Design Center (NDC). After working at NDCfs Hara Design Institute, he went on to establish the Irobe Design Institute within the NDC organization. Applying his superlative graphic design techniques with a sharp editorial perspective, Mr. Irobe undertakes design work across a broad spectrum, from standard graphics to spatial design. His major works to date include: VI and signage planning for the Ichihara Lakeside Museum; design direction for the TAKEO PAPER SHOW 2011 (gBOOKSh) and the Naka-Boso International Art Festival (Ichihara Art x Mix); and package design for Hakutsuru Sake Brewing Co., Ltd. Mr. Irobe also proactively participates in diverse projects such as the Ginza Navigation Tags System and the TOKYO PROJECT in conjunction with his personal quest to enhance the quality and functionality of information design in public spaces. He has won numerous design awards both in Japan and abroad, including awards from the Japan Sign Design Association (SDA), JAGDA, Tokyo ADC, D&AD and One Show Design.
ginza graphic gallery (Ozawa) 03-3571-5206
6 sense, Living Design Center OZONE, 2007
Ginza Navigation Tags System, Chuo-ku Urban Planning, 2012
Ichihara Lakeside Museum, Signage System, Ichihara-city, 2013
Liquitex Art Prize 2013, Bonnycolart, 2013
"Books" Takeo Paper Show 2011, Takeo, 2011