Why I Keep Coming Back to Kenya Hara's Minimalist Designing Design

Curator: Michael Freimuth
date: August 1, 2014
Categories: Book & Magazine Design, Typography
Tags: Book, japan, Kenya Hara, Typography
Courtesy Nippon Design Center

I first came across Kenya Hara’s work years ago after one of my dad's regular trips to Japan. A catalogue he brought back had a Muji ad in the back. The simple, minimalist nature of it struck me before I even knew words like ‘minimalist’ to describe things I liked.

Fast forward to just a few years, when I picked up (and still have close at hand) Hara's Designing Design. It's not a monograph per se, it's more of a collection of Hara's curated works as well as writings by him and his contemporaries. The premise of emptiness and simplicity is a theme throughout the book, and the work it showcases speak not to just design, but more broadly to human sensory experience in general.


Flipping through this beautifully designed object is always refreshing, and the perfect antidote to thoughtless design trend blogs. In conclusion? The collection of work is deeply impressive. I suggest you get your hands on a copy.


Courtesy Nippon Design Center

Courtesy Nippon Design Center

Courtesy Nippon Design Center

Courtesy Nippon Design Center

  • MrBlack

    Do you read japanese, or is this just for looking at the pictures?

  • http://corygibbons.com/ Cory Gibbons

    @disqus_b3jUPJ5Y4M:disqus He posted photos of the Japanese edition but it was published in English as well.

blog comments powered by Disqus