History and work of ikko tanaka topics: shigeo fukuda, poster, typography pages: 2 (424 words) published: february 5, 2013 looking over the work of henryk tomaszawski i found his work to be uniquely his own in the way that each design is composed i also felt he’s done a fine job in expressing his culture throughout his work. Introduction ikko tanaka (田中 一光, tanaka ikkō, january 13, 1930 – january 10, 2002) was a japanese graphic designer wikidata q325697.
Uncommon this lavishly illustrated book documents the pioneering work of ikko tanaka's rich creative life from the 1950s to the early 1970s including 231 b/w and color (many full page): posters, book jackets, magazine covers, logos, advertisements, packaging and more. Special web site of the 2nd collection motifs of works by ikko tanaka, a renowned graphic designer gradation series (letters and characters) 1972 a series that uses a single hiragana character or a letter of the alphabet as the motif. A mandatory object lesson for all would-be graphic designers is the current show at the usc pacific asia museum in pasadena, ikko style: the graphic art of ikko tanaka it assembles a smattering of the manifold works of one of the most profound and prolific graphic designers in the world of the past 50 years.
Born in nara, japan in 1930, ikko tanaka created a style of graphic design that fused modernism principles and aesthetics with the japanese tradition as a child he studied art and as a young adult he was involved in modern drama and theatrical study groups. Tanaka ikko 1930-2002 agi membership – 1966 tanaka graduated from kyoto city college of fine arts (now kyoto city university of arts) in 1950 he joined kanegafuchi spinning mills as a textile designer, sankei press in osaka (1952-57) and later nippon design centre in tokyo employed him as a graphic designer and art director. Ikko tanaka worked at the sankei shinbun, nippon design center, and subsequently established his first design studio in tokyo, the ikko tanaka design studio, in 1963 work ikko tanaka's work includes the design of the symbols for expo '85 in tsukuba and world city expo tokyo '96.
Ikko tanaka strong, clean, and impactful are the best descriptives you could use to describe ikko tanaka’s work they are universal images, honed with a fastidious eye: finding the natural flow of photographs in a book spread, steadying the central point of a corporate symbol so the mind retains every detail, and enriching the typographic and illustrative forces of a poster into a pure, homogeneous form. Work: q series 1972 this series uses the alphabet “q” as the motif, and shows how the letter begins to move on the screen, turns into a cylinder, then to a sphere, transforming into various different shapes in each differently numbered work.