2014

Books, Letterforms and Design in Asia

Sugiura Kohei in Conversation with Leading Asian Designers
By: Sugiura Kohei
Binding: Hardcover
Specifications: 352 pages, illustrated throughout
ISBN: 978-93-83243-04-4
Dimensions: 210 x 148 mm

This book presents a philosophy of Asian graphic design through a series of wide-ranging illustrated dialogues between Sugiura Kohei of Japan and his colleagues Ahn Sang-soo and Chung Byoung-kyoo from Korea, Lu Jing-ren from China, Huang Yung-sung from Taiwan and R.K. Joshi and Kirti Trivedi from India. These designers, whose work transcends national boundaries, discuss varied topics including the allure of Chinese and Japanese characters, Korea’s Hangul and India’s Devanagari; the world of traditional books and what they offer us today; and their own unique approaches to design that build on past traditions as well as contemporary trends, from an Asian perspective.

While Sugiura skilfully draws out the essence of his six colleagues’ aesthetic vision and design traits, his own outstanding contributions as designer and teacher are revealed in his conversation with Tsuna Kaitaro, a famous Japanese writer, editor and critic. Further, a lively three-way conversation between Sugiura, Ahn Sang-soo and Lu Jing-ren illustrates the breadth of their interests and how much the various Asian cultures have in common.

Originally published in Japanese and later in Chinese and Korean, it is hoped this edition will communicate the thoughts of these Asian creative minds to English-language readers across the world.

Sugiura Kohei is Professor Emeritus and Director of the Research Institute of Asian Design, Kobe Design University.

Contents

Discovering an Asian Grammar of Design
A Conversation with Tsuno Kaitaro

The Letterforms of India: The Hidden Aesthetic Richness of the People
Sugiura Kohei

Feasting with the Asian cosmos, pursuing designs for all five senses
Sugiura Kohei

ROUNDTABLE
Delivering Traditional Culture to Future Generations: Books, Letterforms and Design in East Asia
Sugiura Kohei, Lu Jing-ren and Ahn Sang-soo
Discuss the Future of Book Culture

Challenging Hangul, the letters of the cosmos, to create an integrated, universal design language
A Cosmos Full of Characters
A Conversation with Ahn Sang-soo

Fusing traditional Korean aesthetics with intellectual design concepts
Splicing the Genes of Culture into Book Design
A Conversation with Chung Byoung-kyoo

Resurrecting the technique and spirit of ancient China in contemporary book design
“Heaven is Round, the Earth is Square”: Bringing New Life to Old Proverbs
A Conversation with Lu Jing-ren

Presenting the vitality and energy of folk art in bold layouts, yet with a delicate sensibility
The Fascination of Folk Culture
A Conversation with Huang Yung-sung

Letters are voices, letters are waves.
With his cosmic sensibility, he reveals the essence of the written word...
Akara: The Art and Spirit of Indian Calligraphy
A Conversation with R.K. Joshi

Bringing together the design philosophies of ancient India and those of today...
From the Formless to Form
A Conversation with Kirti Trivedi

POSTSCRIPT
Seeking a New Vocabulary of Design: Bridging the Traditional and the Contemporary
Sugiura Kohei

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