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  • Bojana Kunst

    Das Leben der Kunst. Transversale Linien der Sorge

  • Christoph Brunner, Grit Marti Lange,…

    Technopolitiken der Sorge

  • Eran Schaerf

    Gesammeltes Deutsch

  • Jule Govrin

    Begehrenswert. Erotisches Kapital und Authentizität als Ware

  • Isabell Otto

    TikTok (Digitale Bildkulturen)

  • El Croquis 222. David Chipperfield (2015 - 2023) Selected…

  • Julieta Aranda et al. (eds.)

    Navigation Beyond Vision. e-flux journal

  • Nils Bubandt, Astrid Oberborbeck…

    Rubber Boots Methods for the Anthropocene: Doing Fieldwork…

  • Antonio Castore, Federico Dal Bo (eds.)

    Untying the Mother Tongue

  • Carsten Lisecki

    Carsten Lisecki. Urbane Handlungsspielräume

  • Elizabeth Duval

    Nach Trans. Sex, Gender und die Linke

  • Lydia Zinovieva-Annibal

    Thirty-Three Monsters

  • Oliver Elser, Anna-Maria Mayerhofer,…

    Protestarchitektur. Barrikaden, Camps, raumgreifende…

  • Laura Gardner, Daphne Mohajer va…

    Radical Fashion Exercises. A Workbook of Modes and Methods

  • Lorenzo De Chiffre, Benni Eder, Theresa…

    Hollein Calling. Architectural Dialogues

  • Masure, Anthony

    Manifestes 5. Artificial Design: Creation Versus Machine…

  • Ahmed Abdullah

    A Strange Celestial Road: My Time in the Sun Ra Arkestra

  • Mike Laufenberg, Ben Trott (Hg)

    Queer Studies. Schlüsseltexte

  • Josef Albers (Autor), Heinz Liesbrock (…

    Josef Albers. Interaction of Color. Grundlegung einer…

  • Paperside Editorial Culture

    Bookshop Guide. Independent Publishing Culture Spots

  • Moshtari Hilal

    Hässlichkeit

  • Jean-Louis Cohen

    Building a new New World. Amerikanizm in Russian…

  • Gerda Breuer

    HerStories in Graphic Design

  • Tanja C. Vollmer, Andres Lepik (Hg.)

    Das Kranke(n)haus. Wie Architektur heilen hilft

  • Marc Bonner

    Offene-Welt-Strukturen. Architektur, Stadt- und…

  • Matthew Beaumont

    The Walker. Die Stadt, die Moderne und ihre Fußgänger

  • Harald Kisiedu and George E. Lewis (Hg.)

    Composing While Black

  • Dynamische Akustische Forschung

    Walking in Cinematic Close-Ups

  • Alec Leach

    The World Is On Fire But We’re Still Buying Shoes

  • Eckhardt Ribbeck

    Stadtläufer. Reiseerinnerungen 1970 - 2010

  • Nerea Calvillo

    Aeropolis. Queering Air in Toxicpolluted Worlds

  • Yves Dreier, Eik Frenzel (Hg.)

    Social Loft. Auf der Suche nach neuen Wohnformen / En quete…

  • Stiftung Bauhaus Dessau (Hg)

    Doors of Learning. Microcosms of a Future South Africa.…

  • Dorothee Richter

    Curating: Politics of Display, Politics of Site, Politics…

  • Ciarán Finlayson

    Perpetual Slavery. Ciarán Finlayson

  • Marie-France Rafael

    Raphaela Vogel. Outside Form

  • Irma Leinauer

    Magistrale der Moderne. Das Wohngebiet an der Karl-Marx-…

  • Moisés Puente (Hg)

    2G 89 BAST

  • Kenya Hara (Ed.)

    Cleaning

  • Graphicabulary - MAKERMAKER

    Closing Ceremony. Hilton Seoul 1983 - 2022

  • Sunny Kerr (ed.)

    Drift. Art and Dark Matter

  • Helen Hester, Nick Srnicek

    After Work: A History of the Home and the Fight for Free…

  • Claudia Kromrei

    Postmodern Non-Residential Berlin

  • Hanne Eide, Krisitian Wikborg Wiese,…

    Formafantasma: Oltre Terra. Why Wool Matters

  • Moises Puent (Ed.)

    Flores & Prats. Drawing without Erasing and Other Essays

  • Akwugo Emejulu

    Fugitive Feminism

  • Philipp Dietachmair, Pascal Gielen,…

    Sensing Earth. Cultural Quests across a Heated Globe

  • Bas Hendrikx (Ed.)

    Queer Exhibition Histories

  • Miguel A. López (Ed.)

    And if I devoted my life to one of its feathers? Aesthetic…

  • Simon Reynolds

    Futuromania. Elektronische Träume von der Zukunft

  • Christopher Dell

    Raum und Handlung. Raumtheorien des Städtischen

  • Sebastián Eduardo Dávila, Rebecca Hanna…

    On Withdrawal

  • Carine Zaayman

    Anarchival Practices. The Clanwilliam Arts Project as Re-…

  • Michael Obrist, Antonietta Putzu (Eds)

    The Last Grand Tour. Contemporary Phenomena and Strategies…

  • dérive N° 91, Tech Urbanismus (Jul-Sept/2023). Zeitschrift…

  • Thomas Kissling (Hg.)

    Lucius Burckhardt. Anthologie Landschaft

  • Gary Tomlinson

    The Machines of Evolution and the Scope of Meaning

  • David Joselit

    Art’s Properties

  • Enzo Traverso

    Singular Pasts. The "I" in Historiography

  • Felix Dresen, Stephan Thierbach

    Treibgut

  • Andres Kurg, Mari Laanemets

    Forecast and Fantasy. Architecture without Border, 1960s -…

  • Anna Kostreva

    Seeing Fire - Seeing Meadows

  • Matthew Allen

    Flowcharting. From Abstractionism to Algorithmics in Art…

  • Kerry O'Brien, William Robin (Eds…

    On Minimalism. Documenting a Musical Movement

  • Nicolas Nova & Disnovation.org

    Ein Bestiarium des Anthropozäns. Über hybride Mineralien,…

  • Larne Abse Gogarty

    What We Do Is Secret. Contemporary Art and the Antinomies…

  • Pia Pol, Astrid Vorstermans (Eds.)

    Future Book(s). Sharing Ideas on Books and (Art) Publishing

  • René Boer

    Smooth City. Against Urban Perfection, Towards Collective…

  • Felix Vogel

    Empfindsamkeitsarchitektur. Der »Hameau de la Reine« in…

  • Malcom Ferdinand

    Decolonial Ecology. Thinking from the Caribbean World

  • Elizabeth A. Wilson

    Psychosomatik

  • Dima Dayoub, Ruba Kasmo, Anne…

    A Culture of Building: Courtyard Houses in the Old City of…

  • Camille Henrot

    Camille Henrot. Milkyways

  • Anja Cronberg

    Vestoj No 11 On Everyday Life

  • Indigo

    Orient. Rewriting the Future

  • Edited by Jane Withers Studio

    Social Sauna – Bathing and Wellbeing

  • Chantal Mouffe

    Eine Grüne demokratische Revolution

  • Laura Strack, Moritz Hannemann, Klaus…

    Baustelle Commune. Henri Lefebvre und die urbane Revolution…

  • Cristian Stefanescu (Ed.)

    Project Stories Volume 02: Architectural Practice Today

  • Marcus Boon

    The Politics of Vibration. Music as a Cosmopolitical…

  • Kyle Parry

    A Theory of Assembly. From Museums to Memes

  • McKenzie Wark

    Raving

  • Moises Puente (Hg)

    2G 88 Carla Juaçaba

  • Nile Greenberg, Matthew Kennedy

    The Advanced School of Collective Feeling. Inhabiting…

  • Kitchen Politics

    Die Neuordnung der Küchen

  • Jean Painlevé

    Le Grand Cirque Calder 1927 DVD

  • Monia Acciari, Philipp Rhensius (eds.)

    Politics of Curatorship. Collective and Affective…

  • Marcel Bois, Bernadette Reinhold (eds.)

    Margarete Schütte-Lihotzky. Architecture. Politics. Gender…

  • Ed. by Tahl Kaminer, Leonard Ma, Helen…

    Urbanizing Suburbia. Hyper-Gentrification, the…

  • Anja Schwanhäußer

    Stilrevolte Underground. Die Alternativkultur als Agent der…

  • Ingo Uhlig

    Energiewende erzählen. Literatur, Kunst, Ressourcen

  • Beckerath, Verena von

    A Room With A View

  • Kristiina Koskentola, Marjolein van der…

    Enfleshed. Ecologies of Entities and Beings

  • Ernst Van Alphen

    Productive Archiving. Artistic Strategies, Future Memories…

  • Benek Cincik, Tiago Torres-Campos

    Postcards From The Anthropocene. Unsettling The Geopolitics…

  • Demian Conrad, Rob van Leijsen, David…

    Graphic Design in the Post-Digital Age. A survey of…

  • Lim Kyung yong, Helen Jungyeon Ku (eds)

    Publishing as method. Ways of Working Together in Asia

  • Unabhängige Historikerkommission

    MACHT RAUM GEWALT. Planen und Bauen im Nationalsozialismus

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IDEA 400

Graphic Design Recollections & Records: Design Archives as a Creative Resource

Archiving—the act of preparing the past for future use through the organization of material and works collected and stored carefully—has been spearheaded throughout Japan mainly by art museums, museums, and university libraries. There has been a growing interest in archiving in the areas of culture and art. This has accompanied the wave of digitization and emergence of media art seen since the early 2000s, and has led to the emergence of businesses and organizations dealing in archival digitization, spurring deliberation on better ways to build and make use of enhanced creative databases.

Although poster collections and private archives of designers and artists who supported the dawn of modern design exist in museums across Europe and the United States, few parallels exist in Japan, and in many of those cases, there are no systems established at these design museums and design archives to make their stored resources available to the public. If we assume that the true purpose of an archive is to exist as an accumulation of useful, applicable wisdom, many design archives do not fall into this category: their major hurdle being lack of accessibility. Implementing a more accessible archive makes it possible to cultivate the historicized, systemized soil of design history for design research and criticism, which would lead directly to sowing the seeds of new creative activities. By extension, this will most certainly lead to regular harvests of wisdom that could cultivate better understanding of the resources collected and stored.

With this outlook in mind, this issue’s feature will introduce graphic design archives within Japan, including progressive examples. Though there are differences in the disposition and scale of materials in poster archives, individual designer archives, exhibition PR material archives, and typeface related material archives, we hope the feature—a record of the voices of those actually involved in archiving—will offer readers a chance to revisit the familiar issue of preserving design records. In addition, the latter half of this issue’s feature contains contributions and interviews offering a broader sense of archives in general. These have been compiled as topics that at some point may connect with future discussions, such as archival information from inside and outside Japan used in the field of historical research, how archival collections are perceived in an information-driven society, and the merit of paper media archives. The pages within this issue also contain a complete set of all IDEA cover designs from the very first all the way up to issue 399. It’s both an investigation into what an archive actually is, and also an enjoyable archive of IDEA itself.


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IDEA 400

Graphic Design Recollections & Records: Design Archives as a Creative Resource

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