Our textbook, Stephen J Eskilson’s Graphic Design: A New History provided significant and detailed information about the past and present Graphic Design Histories such as various artists, artworks and styles by each art period. Likewise, Eskilson gave some of the information about book, magazine and album designs but he puts more focus on the past period or the designs by either Europe or American designers. Therefore, adding a crafted book (for both adults and children) by Katsumi Komagata could be a valuable piece to learn for Graphic Designers.
Katsumi Komagata is a Japanese Graphic Designer who was born in Shizuoka, 1953 and studied Graphic Design at Nippon Design Centre in Japan. He loved to explore pictures and surrounding natures with simple design elements by using diverse colors. He is also known as the world-renowned for his delicate crafted books (Picturebookmakers). And also, He knows how to explore stories using paper as the paper itself has a sort of texture and he wanted the reader to feel the story by touching it with the color of the papers.
The book called ‘The Sounds carried by the Wind’ is one of the great crafted books that he made and it clearly shows how it delivers a story about the colors in unique and graphical ways. This book is a very lovely book that is fun to see, touch and listen to as it stylizes various printing papers to maximize the texture and color of the paper. So that people can fee different touches and could appreciate the feeling of the story whenever the pages are flipped. The cries of cutely cut animals, the sound of nature passing through hills, and rivers and forest flutter by just touching and looking in this book. Therefore, this type of unique style even helped blind people to feel and understand the story.
‘When the Sun Rises’ is also a well-crafted book that Katsumi made and this mainly talks about the colors as well. According to Katsumi, he wanted to create a book for children who are having difficulties with the color vision.
Overall, Katsumi Komagata is the best Japanese Graphic Designer who knows how to deliver his stories to readers by colors and texture of the papers. If the old designs and artworks were more focused on the beauty or individuality of the work or the artists, now in 2020, the designers who show unique and creative expression are known as the good designers. However, most of the graphic Designers in 2020, work graphic designs digitally rather than using papers. Like Katsumi Komagata, it is a good opportunity to go back to paper and try to explore designs using colors and papers.
Picturebookmakers. “Katsumi Komagata.” Picturebook Makers, 25 Apr. 2016, blog.picturebookmakers.com/post/143421506971/katsumi-komagata.