CREATION no. 1 (International Graphic Design, Art and Illustration)

Yusaku Kamekura (editor/art director)
Tokyo: Recruit Co., Ltd., 1989

First edition. Text in English and Japanese.

9 x 11.75 softcover book with 168 pages devoted to International graphic design, art and illustration. CREATION was the brainchild of editor Yusaku Kamekura, who envisioned an arts magazine with no advertising (like Brodovitch’s PORTFOLIO) and a limited life span. The first issue of CREATION clearly stated that the series would end with issue 20. And it did; but while CREATION was around, it was a true heavyweight in its presentation of both vintage and contemporary graphic design. Each issue profiled a half-dozen designers with a one-page text introduction and biography, followed by 20 + pages of the designers work in glorious full color.

Each issue of CREATION is a real treat in terms of content and production and all are highly recommended.

CREATION no. 1 Contents include:

Yusaku Kamekura (1915-1997) was one of the pioneers of Japanese graphic design who was at the forefront in promoting graphic design as an essential factor of modern society, culture and art, and whose achievements helped to establish the reputation of Japanese graphic design internationally.

— Randall Ross of

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