The influential Japanese graphic designer Shigeo Fukuda died of a stroke in Tokyo on January 11, 2009, he was 76 years old. The designer was well-known for his anti-war and activist posters which featured iconic and simple graphics. He did very little client work and mainly concentrated on social and cultural concerns as well as exhibit design. Many of his works used humor as key element and often played with visual tricks. Fukuda was the first Japanese designer inducted into the new york art directors club hall of fame and was invited by designer Paul Rand to exhibit at the IBM gallery in 1967.
‘I believe that in design, 30 percent dignity, 20 percent beauty and 50 percent absurdity are necessary.’
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