Previously featured in Thisispaper, Japanese graphic designer Yuta Takahashi introduced another example of his essential approach to design.
This time he was commisioned to design a book etitled Trinität Special Edition. A book, collecting a rich overview of Michael Debus’s speeches, this live art performance painter gave in Japan over the course of 2013 and 2014. The design challenge was to create a book transforming Michael’s thoughts into a graphic design. During his speeches, Michael tried to pursue Japanese people to “approach the world of abstract thinking” and guide them to the abstract world.
Despite this efforts, he finally failed in this concept, explaining: “even if they love the world, overflowing with color and diversity, Japanese people have no interest in an essential sphere that lies behind that world. If one ascends from the lively, diverse world to the essential sphere, the world that fills that space is colorless, merely conceptual, and abstractive”.
Thanks to the deep practical and theoretical understanding of design, Yuta Takahashi was able to visualize Michael’s abstract ideas and unite them in a form of a fine book, featuring geometric symbols, all held in black and white. As the designer himself concludes, “ the book design as a whole has an impact that intersects contrast, modern, and minimal impressions.”