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Designing Japan presents renowned designer Kenya Hara’s vision of how his industry can support Japan in crafting a future founded on a unique philosophy of beauty as well as crowd-sourced wisdom from around the world. A master collaborator, meticulous organizer, and globally conscious innovator, Hara draws on more than three decades of participations in design work and exhibition curating, as well as deep professional interaction with creators from many fields.
In Designing Japan Hara reveals methods that make publicly accessible aesthetic inquiries of how this island nation will proceed as its population ages, other nations take over manufacturing, and technology develops. Illustrations and examples recognize successful problem-solving through design, proving that it is a living, changing industry that remains relevant not in spite of, but as a partner to, advancing technology.
- Kenya Hara, Japan (2019)
- 13 × 18,7 cm, 5 x 7 ¼"
- 208 pages
- 45 illustrations
Kenya Hara, born 1958, is a Japanese graphic designer and professor at the Musashino Art University in Tokyo. Since 2002 he is the art director for MUJI. He is interested in the designing circumstances and conditions, rather than the "things". His interests crystallized in the international exhibitions and he has been awarded many prizes, for example the Japanese Cultural Design Award.