Modes and Characters: Poetics of Graphic Design

21_21 Design Sight
Until Mar 10
21_21 Design Sight will hold the exhibition "Modes and Characters: Poetics of Graphic Design" from November 23, 2023. The exhibition is directed by Kiyonori Muroga, the editor of various books on graphics and typography; Tetsuya Goto, a researcher in graphic design; and Kensaku Kato, a graphic designer.

This exhibition aims to understand design after the 1990s, when desktop publishing (DTP) became mainstream in the design world, allowing designers to execute many processes in producing data for publications and printed matters on PCs by focusing on the relationship between characters and design.

The main exhibits comprise creations by about 40 individuals and teams of graphic designers active in Japan and abroad. In Japanese graphic culture, which has its unique use of Chinese characters and kana, vertical and horizontal writing styles, and a mixture of text and images, how have designers dealt with global digital information technology, what have they produced in this effort, and what possibilities have their activities presented? These questions are tackled in 13 themes, including "formative design," "physicality," and "media."

In the present age, where a large volume of visual information is exchanged, creators and recipients are often forced to focus on efficiency. We hope this exhibition will allow visitors to rediscover the original enjoyment and diversity of graphic design, observing the creations of characters and images that freely emerge beyond a grid and feeling the energy of design arising from their combinations and in-between spaces.


Now in session

Nov 23 (Thu) 2023-Mar 10 (Sun) 2024 101 days left

Opening Hours Information

Open on December 26.
Closed from December 27 to January 3.
FeeAdults ¥1400; University Students ¥800; High School Students ¥500; Persons with Disability Certificates + 1 Companion, Junior High School Students and Under free.
Venue21_21 Design Sight
LocationMidtown Garden, Tokyo Midtown, 9-7-6 Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo 107-0052
Access5 minute walk from Roppongi Station on the Toei Oedo or Hibiya line, 5 minute walk from exit 1 at Nogizaka Station on the Chiyoda line.
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