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MIKI Ken

1955–

Profile
  • Name

    三木 健 みき けん MIKI Ken

  • Company Name

    三木健デザイン事務所 みきけんでざいんじむしょ Ken Miki & Associates

  • Job Title

    Graphic Designer

  • Birth

    January 01, 1955

  • Area

    Osaka

  • Profile

    The Seven Design Principles of the Miki Method

    1. Design that achieves maximum effect with minimum expression
    2. Design with a sense of fun
    3. Design with a sense of narrative
    4. A way of thinking that bridges the big picture and the details
    5. A way of thinking that probes what to keep and what to change
    6. Design that communicates easily
    7. Design that spreads joy to others

    Source: "ddd DATABASE" Handout (2022)

    Born in Kobe, he established the design studio Ken Miki & Associates in 1982. His comprehensive designing activities include the promotion of the IBM ThinkPad for IBM Japan, the corporate identity for Keikyu Department Store, Dowa Fire and Marine Insurance, the symbol for World Environment Day Tokyo, the sign plans for Keio University Shonan Fujisawa campus and promotion of Heiwa Paper. His many awards at home and abroad include the JAGDA Newcomer's Award, NY ADC Special Award, Tokyo TDC Member's Bronze Award, Japan Typography Annual Grand Prix. He is a member of JAGDA, Tokyo TDC, JTA and AGI.

    Source: "ginza graphic gallery 2002"

    Born in Kobe. Established Ken Miki & Associates in 1982. Throughout his career he has undertaken “design by talking” – developing a design by a process similar to speaking – and “design by listening” – designing by probing the origins of things. Working from an underlying theme of “realizing from realization,” he infuses emotional communication into serene expression. His major works to date include the kit for the 2003 Icograda Congress in Nagoya, promotion of the ThinkPad for IBM Japan, Ltd., logomarks for BELLE MAISON, Osaka University of Pharmaceutical Sciences, KEIKYU Department Store, etc. In recent years a book about his “Apple” project – subtitled “Learning to Design, Designing to Learn” – was published in Switzerland (Lars Müller Publishers) for worldwide circulation. Among the numerous prizes he has received at home and abroad to date are the JAGDA New Designer Award, Japan Typography Annual Grand Prix, Tokyo Type Directors Club Bronze Award, International Poster Triennial in Toyama Silver Prize, New York Art Directors’ Club Bronze Award, etc. In addition to “APPLE,” he has also published “Ken Miki Selected Works 1994-2002” (amus arts press). He is a member of JAGDA, Tokyo TDC and AGI and a professor at Osaka University of Arts.

    Source: ggg HP Exhibition Archive "APPLE+ Learning to Design, Designing to Learn | Ken Miki"

Activities at ddd

Approximately 67 years old (2022)
Participated in ddd DATABASE 1991-2022 as Contributor.

Approximately 60 years old (2015)
Participated in Nagai Hiroaki Exhibition: GRAPHIC JAM ZUKŌ in Kyoto as Gallery Talk 2 Participants.

Approximately 59 years old (2014)
Participated in DNP Graphic Design Archives Collection Ⅵ THE NIPPON POSTERS as Featured Designer, and Layout Design.

Approximately 59 years old (2014)
Participated in Osamu Fukushima and the Future of Design: Social Design & Posters as Gallery Talk Participants.

Approximately 58 years old (2013)
Participated in DNP Graphic Design Archives Collection V: LIFE - Kazumasa Nagai Poster Exhibition as Gallery Talk Participants.

Approximately 56 years old (2011)
Participated in Shueitai 100 as Featured Designer, and Gallery Talk Participants.

Approximately 55 years old (2010)
Participated in GRAPHIC WEST 2: Sensory Boxes as Gallery Talk Participants.

Approximately 54 years old (2009)
Participated in Kijuro Yahagi: Magnetic Vision 60/100 New Works as Gallery Talk Participants.

Approximately 54 years old (2009)
Participated in Brilliant Rivalry: Works by Outstanding Designers in the DNP Archives of Graphic Design as Featured Designer, and Gallery Talk Participants.

Approximately 52 years old (2007)
Participated in EXHIBITIONS: Graphic Messages from ggg & ddd 1986-2006 as Featured Designer.

Approximately 47 years old (2002)
Participated in Ken Miki Exhibition as Featured Designer, Poster Designer, and Gallery Talk Speaker.

Approximately 45 years old (2000)
Participated in Graphic Message for Ecology Exhibition as Featured Designer.