Impressive Posters by Kazumasa Nagai from the ’60s and ’70s.

 

Born in 1929, Kazumasa Nagai is an award winning Japanese designer who has used traditional Japanese artistic styles and values in his work throughout his long career. He communicates his messages using simplicity, elegance, texture and color. He has also been very involved in designing for environmental activism and design.

I found his works really brilliant and all designers should be inspired or taught by them. The use of geometry and rules becomes more intelligible by studying him. I was thrilled with his work. I hope you love it too.

 

Kazumasa Nagai Exhibition, 1968

 

Here is a collection of posters from the 1960s and 1970s.

Kōrakuen Jumbo Pool, 1973
Growth – Life Science Library, 1966
Toshiba IC, 1967
The Mind – Life Science Library, 1965
Asahi Steinie, 1965
Cat and Mouse, 1969
We Clean Smokers (Poster for Prince Lighters), 1974
gq, 1974
Lilycolor, 1974
We Clean Smokers (Poster for Prince Lighters), 1974
We Clean Smokers (Poster for Prince Lighters), 1974
Kazumasa Nagai Exhibition, 1975
Identity, 1976
Prince Lighters, 1974
Prince Lighters, 1974
No More War, 1970

Sources:
Pink Tentacle
(from the book Posters by Kazumasa Nagai (published by Kawade Shobo, 1976) and
http://thedailyrag.wordpress.com

 

Maria Papaefstathiou

VISUAL DESIGNER since 1996 and blogger since 2010. Living in Athens, Greece. She has been focusing her research on poster design and particularly on social poster design and portrait design. Her main poster project is a series of posters celebrating great personalities of traditional and popular culture in Greece and Jamaica. These include actors, singers, musicians, poets etc. This is an ongoing project. “I believe that design is a powerful tool that we designers can use to spark enthusiasm, change mindsets and bring positive actions to our world and our culture”. FOUNDER AND EDITOR OF GRAPHICART-NEWS.COM BLOG. She carefully curates high-quality designs, illustrations, and art, from all over the world that will teach and provoke other designers. Many consider her blog to be an exceptional educational tool. CO-FOUNDER OF THE INTERNATIONAL REGGAE POSTER CONTEST which was launched on December 2011, partnering, the creative activist Michael Thompson aka Freestylee. (www.reggaepostercontest.com)

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