Japanese Graphic Design From The 1920’s-1930’s

Pink Tentacle [yup, you heard right] has a great round-up of simply terrific examples of vintage graphic design from an era ripe with social change and even emergence of the influence of Western culture.

In the 1920s and 1930s, Japan embraced new forms of graphic design as waves of social change swept across the nation. This collection of posters, magazine covers and advertisements offer a glimpse at some of the prevailing tendencies in a society transformed by the growth of modern industry and technology, the popularity of Western art and culture, and the emergence of leftist political thought.

Check out the inspiring collection below:


Japanese graphic design from the 1920s-30s 1


Japanese graphic design from the 1920s-30s 2


Japanese graphic design from the 1920s-30s 3


Japanese graphic design from the 1920s-30s 4


Japanese graphic design from the 1920s-30s 5


Japanese graphic design from the 1920s-30s 6


Japanese graphic design from the 1920s-30s 7


Poster for the 1940 Olympic Games in Tokyo (canceled due to WWII), 1936 (by Hiromu Hara)


This last one is especially interesting since it was supposed to be a poster for the 1940 Olympic Games in Tokyo designed by Hiromu Hara in 1936. The Olympics were obviously never held in Tokyo due to WWII and IOC eventually awarded Helsinki, Finland the honors instead.



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