Yui Takada AXIS
Appearing as a magnetic line cutting across space, pulling inward and connecting together elements from our collective environment which begin to cohesively spin harmoniously in a single orbit, the practice of graphic designer Yui Takada provides us with a new view of our world. These elements are sampled from the mundane, seemingly ordinary scenes and objects that surround us, elevated to a state that appears entirely contradictory to its own nature, but which simultaneously expresses it in such an honest way that said nature is not simply maintained, but celebrated. Through wielding this transformative cyclone like energy, Takada makes us “aware”.
Built out of 471 individual fragments, comprised of deconstructed work, collected and documented environmental and contextual elements such as waste bins, tree skin, “no smoking” signs, or newspaper clippings deriving from his daily life, as well as various other experimental projects, this book has become a physical manifestation of the “axis” Takada has created, where an order is generated not through a systematic application of logic, but rather in the acceptance and love for, and in the utilization of chaos which seems to have resulted in a completely new form of existence. Thus this is an object, comprised of layer upon layer of seemingly disparate material, bound together both physically and by an order generated through chaos, that gives us the opportunity to objectively see something who's contours appear to be in a constant state of flux, and which changes along side the change in perspective from one person to the next.
Essays by Ikuhisa Sawada (Photographer) and Shuta Hasunuma (Musician) provide perspectives from those who have no direct relationship with Takada, but who’s own practices are inextricably interlinked with the idea of “axis”. Interviews with designers Nobuo Nakagaki, Kenya Hara, and Kazunari Hattori, each of whom have long standing relationships with Takada, provide three unique impressions of his work, attitude, and methods.
Born in 1980 in Tokyo. Graduated from Kuwasawa Design School. Director of Allright Inc., which consists of Allright Graphics, and Allright Printing. He is an associate professor at Tokyo Zokei University, a member of JAGDA, and a member of AGI.
Dimensions: 174 × 210 mm
Language: English, Japanese, Chinese
Publisher: da大 in print