THE SENSE OF TOKYO
"HI-FI DESIGN"
THE RELATION BETWEEN ANALOG AND DIGITAL

Tokyo is the town which continues evolving by technology and creative fusion. It has been ripened and accumulated the creativities in Tokyo and now spread to Bangkok where accomplishes remarkable growth with edgy sensitivity. GRAPHIC PASSPORT and TCDC cross the border and deliver a place and an opportunity to connect the world through creative are created.

Date: 26 April (Sat)

Time: 10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Venue: TCDC Gallery2

We will invite 4 creators for the project at TCDC who owns original style and prominent among the Tokyo's scenes Graphic Design, Photography, Technology and Interactive Design in Tokyo. We aim to define what "HI-FI DESIGN" is outputs beyond the analog and digital in their works, and would try to illustrate origins of the creation and the process by their presentation. We will also share both of spirits, each designs and differences of their thoughts with emerging 2 creators from Bangkok, will create the opportunities to feed a creative mind that is to be.

09:30 -
10:00 - 11:00
11:00 - 12:00

13:30 - 14:30
14:30 - 15:30

16:00 - 17:00
17:00 - 18:00

18:10 - 18:55
19:00 -

Gate open
Ryoji Tanaka, Toshiyuki Sugai / Semitransparent Design™
Yuni Yoshida

Visionary
NAM

Wit pimkanchanapong
Satoshi Horii / Rhizomatiks

Round Talks
Gate Close

NAM is a Tokyo-based graphic/art collective, formed in May 2006 by art director/graphic designer Takayuki Nakazawa and photographer Hiroshi Manaka. NAM creates works with hints of fantasy, fusing a graphic design perspective with photographic expression.

http://n-a-m.org

Ryoji Tanaka /Right
Born in 1975 in Mie, is an art director and web designer. Graduated Doshisha University and faculty of Engineering and Institute of Advanced Media Arts and Sciences.

Toshiyuki Sugai /Left
Born in 1976 in Kanagawa, is a creative director and engineer. Graduated department of Engineering Department of Electrical and Engineering The Tokyo Denki University.

Semitransparent Design™ has created web advertisements by their own style related with the internet to the real fields since 2003 and awarded many prizes. There were exhibitions at ICC in 2008, CREATION GALLERY G8 in 2010 and Centre Pompidou in 2011. Also they exhibited for IKKO TANAKA at 21_21 Design sight in 2012, and operated expressive activity concentrating on digital media.

www.semitransparentdesign.com

Born in 1978. Graduated from Tokyo Zokei University and completed DSP course at IAMAS (International Academy of Media Arts and Sciences). Creates programs utilizing dynamic computerized picture creation techniques, without reliance on existing software and tools.

http://satcy.net/

Born in 1980 in Tokyo, is an Art director and designer. Joined Onuki Design after completing BA in the Joshibi University of Art and Design. Later went independent in 2007 after a stint at Uchu Country. Mainly works in direction and design in many fields ranging from ads such as, Laforet, visuals of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Tokyo and a lot of creative works.

http://yuni-yoshida.com

VISIONARY is a visionary company, having strong commitment to assist the clients in expressing their brands and all creative works through print advertising. They differentiate each work piece through the extraordinary collective techniques of "Image Manipulation & Illustration", adding the values of creativity and design in every individual piece of work.

www.visionary.co.th

Graphic designer and co-founder of new media group Duckunit who pioneered scenery design in Thailand and now focuses on Mechatronics/Animatronics/Robotic adaptation.

http://vimeo.com/witpim

Date: 26 April (Sat) - 4 May (Sun)

Time: 10:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Venue: TCDC Lobby, Workshop room, Library

There will be works by 4 creators participating the symposium, along with various graphics and interactive works including Tokyo Graphic Posters by 11 prominent creators among Japanese creative scene. We will offer cross-cultural exchange with Thai creators through diverse style and the flavors by Japanese creators.

NAM explores new realms of visual expression by incorporating graphic art sense into photos. Their chosen method of inquiry involves working entirely by hand, such as hanging actual objects using plastic wire, rather than employing CG or synthetic production techniques made possible by digital advancements. Here we speak with NAM about not only their thoughts on the connection between reality and fantasy via their surreal artwork.

http://n-a-m.org

Semitransparent Design explores the possibilities of graphical expression online, and has continually researched the upper limits of the internet's potential since their founding. Their novel participatory designs have caught the eyes of creators across the globe, as well as won them many international awards as revolutionaries in the field of interactive design.

www.semitransparentdesign.com

Rendering of video works, sound, web, graphic and various types of design process combining eloquently of the unique ideas through digital technology, creates interactive works is Rhizomatiks. The works fascinate us by their remarkable sense of creativity and converting sense recognized worldwide.

http://rhizomatiks.com/

An art director that manages from initiating the idea up until the final product, she is not just an ordinary graphic designer, but someone who is able to produce visuals that's unique is Yuni Yoshida. In order to give life of the image on her mind, she carefully observes every details strategically; the visual that was just an imagery, given the crafty technique creates the setting so realistically.

http://yuni-yoshida.com

VISIONARY is a visionary company, having strong commitment to assist the clients in expressing their brands and all creative works through print advertising. They differentiate each work piece through the extraordinary collective techniques of "Image Manipulation & Illustration", adding the values of creativity and design in every individual piece of work.

www.visionary.co.th


GROOVISIONS is a non-stop source of versatile creativity in everything from advertising and video to music video and product development. What instantly made their name a household word in Japan was "chappie", a project born as a format for postscript works that has become a sort of pronoun for referring to groovisions. The concept that GROOVISIONS "exists as a design unit", and that "there are no individual names, so no matter who works on a project it will always be released under the group name" have given their work a mystique and element of universality that will make both the team and chappie into timeless figures.

www.groovisions.com

Often referred to as the darling of digital graphics, Hideki Inaba's graphical creations continue to strive towards perfection on screen. Inaba also upholds his particularity about the process of depicting his perfected designs as flawless forms on paper. The act of recreating the lines of a micro world as still images on something other than a monitor is a daunting task even with today's printing technology. However, amidst ongoing developments in digital and printing techniques, Inaba has never ceased in his exploration of the boundar ies of "graphics" that are neither design nor art.

www.hidekiinaba.com

Nakajima's design is described as simple and minimalistic, but his attention to detail is ferocious. Not something you see in simple design, it conceals his devices and challenging roughness. The wonderful strength of Hideki Nakajima's design lies in the details which go unnoticed, and that is the charm which draws people in. Many of the publications he has been involved in are preciously guarded materials of the world's art galleries and museums, let alone them written in Japanese.

www.nkjm-d.com

The creativity of Katsunori Aoki is full of power and presence from intense colors and distinctive characters, but is also invariably pop with humorous elements. Aoki embodies his belief that "converting 2D compositions into 3D gives them permanence" as works of art the fully draw out the charm of the characters. Taking things a step further Aoki also works in license management and product planning.

www.butterfly-stroke.com

Out of the entire graphic design industry in japan, Kashiwa Sato is one who has had perhaps the greatest influence upon society. While at first his designs mays seem simple to the point of being nondescript, they actually contain only timeless truths pursued to the ultimate degree. This could also be said to be a representation of his way of life. Either way, it is this ability to take our complex modern society and unravel it in a straightforward manner using the power of design that makes Sato's work so mesmerizing.

http://kashiwasato.com

Multi-talented graphic designer Kazunari Hattori has done everything from adverts for Kewpie Half and art direction for magazines like Mayonaka, Ryuko Tsushin, and here and there, to graphic tools for exhibitions and bookbinding. The irresistible charm of Hattori's design is its blend of bold composition and subtle sense of color topped with a prevailing attitude towards trying experimental graphic design.

Masayoshi Kodaira's stance of being very particular about every aspect of his designs like the typography, printing, and paper has earned him the trust of a multitude of artists and fine art insiders like Yoshitomo Nara, leading to him working on everything from posters for exhibitions to the setup of venues and plans for signs. Kodaira has also had a big influence on the younger generations of Japan by releasing a book entitled SCHOOL OF DESIGN in collaboration with up-and-coming designers as a new style of textbook for those aspiring towards a career in design.

www.flameinc.jp

The magazine WIRED Japan (published in 1994), for which Naoki Sato was art director, had a big impact across many fields that heralded the beginning of the age of design. Since then Sato has continued to expand his range of mainly design-related activities to include everything from art and design-based regional development projects (CET), teaching at art colleges, and being the design director of an arts complex (Chiyoda Arts 3331).
*Note: WIRED Japan was added to the permanent collection of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

www.asyl.co.jp

Since the days of old Japan has loved spaces with nothing in them like "aki" (emptiness) and "ma" (intervals) as images. The reason for that we are fascinated by the existence of the powerful energy and intensity when things collide with these invisible spaces. Kawakami's images use blank areas to bring tension to screen as if they were intentionally suspended from the four corners, and the forms of the complex, condensed models contained within spaces appear almost more like calligraphy than pictures. The addition of interactive animations and audio, as well as a time axis, make for very engaging creations.

www.artless.co.jp

The allure of the design of Takeshi Hamada, who is the art director of various fashion brands and magazines like rocks, is its grand sense of scale. His dynamic and high-power designs excel in an industry that calls for subtle and intricate work. Hamada's popularity in europe and the rest of asia lies in a strong empathy and worldly feel that is embraced with open arms in any nation. All this appeal and more can be seen in his screen magazine "tiger", which has been running since the year 2000.

www.hamada-takeshi.com

Formed in 1991, Tycoon Graphics is a team composed of Yuichi Miyashi and Naoyuki Suzuki that has led the music, fashion, and other culture scenes in Japan for the past 20 years. The impact they have had across every cultural industry has engraved their name so deeply into japan's cultural history that people even refer to things as being "pre- or post-tycoon". Today they continue to be active on many fronts following their belief that "beautiful, gentle, yet powerful design possesses the ultimate balance between people and society".

www.tycoon.jp

Body Typography Workshop by NAM

Date: 27 April (Sun)

Time: 13:00 p.m. - 16:00 p.m.

Venue: TCDC auditorium

We define that the workshop gives experience. The participants themselves are thinking and they are capable of typography expression enough when they use daily necessities and body. We want to experience together with the participants that how much can be a free-form in the imagination unique and whether we can find a new form by the ways of slit scan in the form of unintended chance to use the simple system that using the application software available at only $ 2 (slit scan) and 5 of iPad.

NAM is a Tokyo-based graphic/art collective, formed in May 2006 by art director/graphic designer Takayuki Nakazawa and photographer Hiroshi Manaka. NAM creates works with hints of fantasy, fusing a graphic design perspective with photographic expression.

http://n-a-m.org

+81, a creative magazine that is distributed approximately 30 countries around the world has proudly been hosting Graphic Passport since 2009. At every creative conference, we have invited well-known creators from various fields to be part of our programs. This event has suggested to be the eye-opening exhibition to the world for not only the quality but also for the quantity in conferences, exhibitions, portfolio viewings and workshops being held. Every season, this event was held in Tokyo but also in venues such as, the Smithsonian Museum in USA (2010), Centre Georges Pompidou in France (2011), NCPA in India and Senac in Brazil (2012).In 2013, it was held in Tokyo themed typographic art works from creators featured by +81 magazine. Tokyo Graphic Passport 2014 will be held in NY and Bangkok in turn.

TCDC BANGKOK

6th Fl. The Emporium Shopping Complex 622 Sukhumvit 24, Bangkok 10110 Thailand

Tel: (66) 2 664 8448 ext. 213, 214
Fax: (66) 2 664 8458

Opening Hours:
Tuesday – Sunday (Closed Mondays), 10.30 a.m. – 9.00 p.m.

How to reach TCDC

BTS:

Take the BTS sky train and get off at Phrom Phong Station (E5).
Enter the Emporium Shopping Complex and go up to 6th floor.

Buses:

Regular buses 2, 25, 38, 40, 48 and 98 and airbuses 25, 501, 508, 511 and 513, stop outside the Emporium Shopping Complex entrance.
* Please do not take buses marked 'expressway'