Graphic Design: A Quarterly Review for Graphic Design and Art Direction edited by Masaru Katsumie and Graphic Design Associates, 1962–1971. Diamond Publishing and Kodansha, Ltd., Tokyo, Japan. 10.25 x 11.75, approx. pp. 88 plus trade advertising with Japanese text and English summaries.
Published quarterly in Tokyo, Japan from 1959-86, this international magazine (with early issues art directed by Hiromu Hara 1903-1986) promoted Japanese and Western designers, placing emphasis on work with a more constructed approach. Its editor, Masaru Katsumie (1909-83) was an influential critic and contributor to the development of Japanese Graphic Design and succeeded in producing a hi-quality, attractive and well researched magazine with special attention given to experimental printing, color, paper, die-cuts and more.
This collection includes five issues and one excerpt: No. 7, April 1962; No. 24, July 1966 Summer; No. 38, 1970 (missing front cover); No. 39, September 1970 Autumn; No. 40, December 1970 Winter and a publisher's excerpt for No. 42, 1971 Summer.
Heavily illustrated with excellent content: Ben Shahn, Matthew Leibowitz, Design Policy of IBM, Ikko Tanaka, Kazumasa Nagai, Lora Lamm, Otto Neurath and Isotype, Towards an International Symbology, Graphic Designs in Cuba, Jean Philippe Lenclos, Hara Hiromu: Best Book Design in Japan, Graphic Charts by Makitani Takanori, The Japanese World Exposition, Katayama Toshihiro, On Type and Typography (Helmut Schmid), Two House Styles in the Netherlands (KLM, DSM), Design Policy of Herman Miller, Siegfried Odermatt, Five Polish Poster Designers, Paperback Design in Japan, A New Japanese Typeface and much more.
Very good, uncommon magazines with moderate handling to the pages and covers; with a few dog eared pages, a hard ding to the corners of No. 24 and an occasional small tear or cut-out. No. 38 is missing the front cover.