Takenobu Igarashi
A to Z

The complete retrospective of Japan’s ingenious master of three-dimensional typography.

  • £45.00

In the mid-1970s designer Takenobu Igarashi began a prolific, decade-long exploration into possibilities of three-dimensional typography. His first experiments with axonometric lettering appeared on magazine covers, posters, and record sleeves – taking influence from the Avant Garde typography of the 1920s but rendered afresh as bold sculptural letterforms.

Timeless, arresting, and technically dazzling, Igarashi’s signature style demonstrates a mastery of three-dimensional type and perspective draftsmanship, refined long before the introduction of computers into the design industry.

A to Z offers an exhaustive guide to Igarashi’s experiments with typography, featuring not only his celebrated print and physical works – many photographed specially for this publication – but also a first look, using never before seen archival work, at the plans, drawings and production drafts behind his iconic works. Spanning early print works, hand-drawn experiments, self-initiated sculptural pieces, and high-profile 3D identities for a range of international clients and institutions, A to Z is a long overdue overview of one of the most revered but least celebrated graphic designers of the 20th century.

384 pages
260 x 200mm
140gsm uncoated stock
Multiple paper stocks

Meet the designer

Born in 1944 in Japan, Takenobu Igarashi graduated from Tama Art University in 1968 and began his career as a graphic designer in the 1970s. His work captured the attention of global clients and designers, and in the 1980s he collaborated with design titans Massimo Vignelli and Alan Fletcher. Later in his career, as he pursued less commercial activities, he has found deep engagement with Japanese crafts, and – coinciding with a period living in Los Angeles – produced sculpture and artworks for public spaces based on letterforms, in a variety of materials and scales, across Japan and internationally. Today, his works are in the permanent collections of over 30 museums, including The Museum of Modern Art, New York. He has been emeritus professor of Tama Art University since 2015.