Poster Picks: Steven Heller’s Top 5 Ikko Tanaka Designs

Each month we select our five favorite posters around a theme, an event, or apropos of absolutely nothing. This month we’re wishing a happy birthday to Japanese master Ikko Tanaka, born today in 1930. While it’s not entirely uncommon for work by a designer born almost 90 years ago to play upon the heart strings of young designers the world over, Ikko Tanaka’s style of graphic design, which elegantly fused Modernist principles with the Japanese tradition, remains remarkably fresh all these decades later. In his blissfully serene and much beloved posters, you’ll see simplified illustrations of inky streams, or blocky interpretations of geishas and fleshy sumo wrestlers rendered in a delightful, … Continue reading Poster Picks: Steven Heller’s Top 5 Ikko Tanaka Designs