White: Insights into Japanese Design Philosophy

White: Insights into Japanese Design Philosophy

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The latest publication by designer Kenya Hara following his acclaimed Designing Design. White is not a book about color. It is rather the author's attempt to explore the essence of "white," which he sees as being closely related to the origin of Japanese aesthetics symbolizing simplicity and subtlety. The central concepts discussed are emptiness and the absolute void. Kenya Hara also sees his work as a designer as a pure form of communication. Good communication has the distinction of being able to listen to each other, rather than to press one's opinion onto the opponent. Kenya Hara compares this form of communication with an "empty container." In visual communication, there are equally signals whose signification is limited, as well as signals or symbols such as the cross or the red circle on the Japanese flag, which like an "empty container" permit every signification and do not limit imagination. It is not only the fact that the Japanese character for white forms a radical of the character for emptiness that has prompted him to closely associate the color white with the state of emptiness. This book offers a personal insight into the philosophy of the successful designer and author of Designing Design. 4 illustrations
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Product details

  • Hardback | 64 pages
  • 130 x 187 x 12.7mm | 249.48g
  • Baden, Switzerland
  • English
  • 4. Aufl.
  • 4 black & white illustrations
  • 3037781831
  • 9783037781838
  • 34,305

Table of contents

The Discovery of White: White as Sensory Experience, What is Color?- Paper: White as a Sheet of Paper, Paper as Creative catalyst, Ruminating on White, White Square Paper, Folding Language, On Letters, Typeface and Typography.- Emptiness: The Meaning of Emptiness, Emptiness as Limitless Potential, The Receptivness of a Red Circle on a White Background, Emptiness and White, The Tea Ceremony, The Origins of the Japanese-style Room, Through Dwells in Emptiness.- Back to White: Suiko and the Irreversible Text, A Leap toward White, Cleaning, Defamiliarization, White Sand and Moonlight.
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"White" is not a book about colors. It is rather Kenya Haras attempt to explore the essence of...
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About Kenya Hara

Born 1958. Graphic Designer. Representative, the Nippon Design Center Inc.Professor at Musashino Art University. Engaged in communication projects in various fields based on a recognition that design covers a wide range of disciplines. Author of Designing Design
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