Constructing modernity [electronic resource] : Japanese graphic design from 1900 to 1930 /

by Kaiser, Andrew; Theses and, OhioLINK Electronic

Abstract (Summary)
Japanese graphic design prior to World War II is a neglected field. In my study I examine the development of the genre, analyzing examples from the formative period of 1900 to 1930. In chapter one I discuss the history of graphic design as it was separated from 'fine arts,' as well as the influence of classical aesthetic traditions on graphic design. In chapter two I highlight the varied careers of several different Japanese graphic designers, Hashiguchi Goy? (1880-1921), Sugiura Hisui (1876-1965), Murayama Tomoyoshi (1901-1977), and Yanase Masamu (1900-1945). In chapters three and four I analyze how the graphic design is impacted by the changing social construction of vision (visuality). I approach this from a formal perspective in chapter three, visually analyzing the stylistic constructions of the designers, while in chapter four I explicate some of the economic and cultural changes in Japan following the Meiji Restoration (1868) and explore the ideological ramifications of these images.
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School:University of Cincinnati

School Location:USA - Ohio

Source Type:Master's Thesis

Keywords:university of cincinnati


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