The 2015 Tokyo Type Directors Club Exhibition introduced the results of an international competition organized by the Tokyo Type Directors Club (TDC) that brought together an array of today's most advanced works of typography. Awards winners were selected from a pool of 3,004 open entries submitted starting in autumn 2014: 2,002 from with in Japan and 1,002 from overseas. In all, works of typography were on display: not only 10 award-winning works, but also works that reached the nomination stage as well as other outstanding entries. Every year the judges select experimental works in the vanguard of the typography field, and this year was no different. The show contained many works from all around the world that manifested hitherto unknown possibilities of typographic expression, or that piqued intellectual debate about design, or that were simply admired for their richly expressive achievements.
June 08, 2015–July 31, 2015
Traveling exhibition from ggg to ddd
ddd Uzumasa, Kyoto
July 11, 2015
kyoto ddd gallery
- Speaker: KASAI Kaoru
This Gallery Talk featured Kaoru Kasai, winner of the 2015 TDC Special Prize for his "Hokusai Manga Inspired Exhibition" poster, created for Tokyo Design Week 2014, and a long-serving member of the selection committee for the TDC awards. The title of the talk was "Let me talk about myself, about everybody, and about design." It was interesting to hear Mr. Kasai speak volumes about the prizewinning works other than his own, while touching on the breadth and diversity of the TDC's selection guidelines. He also talked about a variety of things he thinks about or feels in everyday life: the nameplates, street signs and other things that catch hie eye around town, and the posters, logos, lettering, words and sounds his likes. From these revelations the audience was offered a glimpse at Mr.Kasai's stance toward design. He also spoke at length of course about his own works and the struggles he has faced, including his Special Prize winning poster. After the talk, the participants asked many unusual and probing questions.
June 08, 2015
Related Event Special Lecture Session: "Tokyo TDC and Katsumi Asaba's Typography"
Kyoto Seika University
In conjunction with this first Tokyo Type Directors Club Exhibition at kyoto ddd gallery, a special event was held at Kyoto Seika University, an institution with which Mr. Asaba has very close ties. Ms. Terunuma first described how, when the organization was founded in 1987, it was hailed for its "explorations" in the realm of the written world and its pursuit of "visual expression through typography." This was followed by a side show illustrating the various trends definable in the entries received during the organization's first 25 years and introducing all 217 prizewinning works to date. Ms. Terunuma the proceeded with a discussion of Kanako Hatakeda's "body and breath," a prizewinner in the Experimental work category. Next, she introduced all of the 2015 prizewinning works, and then spoke about Tokyo TDC's unique "typographic" approach, viewing the written world as a picture.