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CURRENT READING: THE SECRET SENSE OF JAPANESE MAGAZINE DESIGN + THE 10 INFLUENTIAL CREATORS FOR MAGAZINE DESIGN

Tears from the Secret Sense Of Japanese Magazine DesignTears from the Secret Sense Of Japanese Magazine Design

I love the way contemporary fashion gets refocused through the prism of Japanese culture. Many a times when I flip through Men's No No, the brother publication to Spur magazine, I wonder why is it that no "Western" mag has managed to capture those street style pages with the vivacity apprent in the pages of MNN. You get a sense of a strict and structured design policy but certain elements: namely the product pages and those street style snaps are just so gorgeously organized it creates a form of cultural envy. Well I'm hoping this new book The Secret Sense Of Japanese Magazine Design will dissolve the mystery.

Tears from 10 Influential Creators For  Magazine DesignTears from 10 Influential Creators For Magazine Design

Then there is the cross-over phenom of design talent becoming noted figures in their own right on the cool Tokyo design circuit. This is traced in a the second title "The 10 Influential Creators For Magazine Design " which chronicles the significance of behind the scenes movers and shakers like Jop Van Bennokom of Fantastic Man or the eminent Ezra Petronio . In the past, niche figures like Marc Ascoli would only be exposed to a very select audience of tastemakers looking to hire them, but I think it is brilliant that by doing something small and controlled, governed by a principle of great taste, you can manage to make something of a name in certain circles. Global cult cool. Its a winning principle, no?

Taste is a dictatorship.

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