A to Z
The complete retrospective of Japan’s ingenious master of three-dimensional typography
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A copy of A to Z
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- Exclusive Volume edition and cover
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- Previews and access to special content
Takenobu Igarashi is a master-mentor who taught me the ABCs of form (and life)
New perspectives on typography
Presented in thematic sections labelled from ‘A’ to ‘Z’, which set out the principles and practices of Igarashi’s distinctive spatial and typographic thinking, the book eschews a traditional chronology in favour of a more playful form, mixing landmark designs, production drawings and previously unseen works alongside a guiding narrative produced in close collaboration with Igarashi himself.
The publication has been conceived not only to act as a monograph but as a guide to designers of all disciplines, offering detailed insight into Igarashi’s visionary design process. Readers will be able to pore over unused designs, pen and pencil markup boards and the detailed drawings that reveal the process and underpinnings of Igarashi’s aesthetic.
Substantial and utilitarian, A to Z is at once a landmark publication and an everyday design resource and inspiration. Designed by acclaimed Tokyo studio, Mori Inc., under Igarashi’s direction, the volume is an essential addition for designers’ studios, the typographer’s bookshelf or the collector’s library.
26 letterform covers, choose yours
Using the latest HP Indigo print technology, our special edition, available only as part of this campaign, offers backers and collectors the unique opportunity to personalize their editions by choosing their own Igarashi letterform for the cover. From the 1983 ‘Alphabet Card’ series produced for Alphabet Gallery, readers can select their favourite letterform or initials. Backers of this reward will be surveyed for their chosen letterforms prior to production.
The book case will be printed in dazzling colors onto a finely textured Buckram substrate as a one-off edition, signed by Igarashi and shipped by courier. The ultimate edition for fans and devotees of the master typographer.
Takenobu Igarashi monumentalized type and typography when most of us were still living in Gutenberg’s shadow. With his unprecedented 3D type, Igarashi created a even larger shadow that brought the old world together with the future one.
Igarashi created a series of cover illustrations for Design News Magazine, published by the Japan Institute of Design Promotion between 1980 and 1981. The compositions featured bold, sculptural renderings of a single word, ‘Design’, and are largely regarded as among Igarashi’s most singular works.
Backers of the print reward will receive an A1 (594 x 841 mm) screenprinted reproduction from the series, in black and bright yellow, on heavyweight uncoated stock and signed by Igarashi. Prints will be shipped in a secure and sturdy archival tube.
Volume’s edition of this classic Igarashi piece is only available as part of this campaign and will not be reissued again.
The Roman alphabet, composed of basic geometric figures, has a fascinatingly simple structure, making the most complex expression possible.