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Design History Paper Shigeo Fukuda
Krystal Roberts
10/16/2012

Shigeo Fukuda was born in Tokyo, Japan in February of 1932 he unfortunately passed at the age of 76 from a stroke, on January 11, 2009 in his hometown of Tokyo. He was mostly known for his antiwar and environmental advocacy posters. He was an expert in conveying a message using minimal graphic needs. His work is very popular among American designers. Fukuda’s book “Visual Illusion” 1982, at one point was a virtual textbook for US designers.

Fukuda was one of the founding member and director of the Japanese Graphic Designers Association (JAGDA). During 2000-2009 he was president of the JADGA as a committee member of the Tokyo ADC. Also he was the Japanese representative for the Alliance Graphique Internationale. Then in 1986 he was given the Honorary Royal Designer for Industry distinction from the Royal Society of Arts in London.

As a child Fukuda enjoyed doing origami. When he was a teenager he became influenced by Swiss style of art. One of his biggest influences was Takashi Kohno, who was a pioneer in modern Japanese design. Kohno what purported as Japan’s first designer creating a distinct objective along with a creative personality. The posters that he made were thought of as a new era of visual expressionism. His work was always thought of as being controversial, and yet visually inspiring. His posters were like a prelude to Fukuda’s own imprint on communication design.

Fukuda graduated from the Tokyo National University if Fine Arts and Music in 1956, where he studied graphic design and three-dimensional design .Shortly after he joined the Ajinmoto Co .Ltd. He worked as a freelance artist until his departure in 1958. In 1966 he gained notice from the Czechoslovakian Graphic Design competition then a year later he had gained fame from his posters in the Montreal Expo. It was around this time that Fukuda found an interest in illusionism. Fellow Designer Paul Rand had noticed...
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