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date: 29 January 2020

Sugiura, Koheilocked

(b Tokyo, Sept 8, 1932).
  • Hiroshi Kashiwagi


(b Tokyo, Sept 8, 1932).

Japanese graphic designer. He graduated in architecture from Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music in 1955 and then worked as a freelance graphic designer. He specialized in posters, calendars, record covers, catalogues and stamps and later books, magazines, exhibitions and film and television graphics. His series of covers for the magazine Space Design (1966–70) made a resounding impact. He was regarded as one of Japan’s most innovative designers; his work is influenced by cosmology, Hollywood, Buddhism and the Space Age and fuses images, quotations and typography of different sizes. He used shadow and perspective to achieve depth in two-dimensional layout and was noted for his use of rich black backgrounds. In his design for Zen Uchu-shi, Summa Cosmographica, text pages, as well as covers, are entirely in black, the text itself being white. Sugiura organized and designed many exhibitions that reflect his wide-ranging interests, for example ...

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