Takenobu Igarashi A-Z

Sakura Nomiyama, Haruki Mori

A complete retrospective of the work of Takenobu Igarashi, Japan’s ingenious master of hand-drawn, three-dimensional typography.

In the mid-1970s, designer Takenobu Igarashi began a prolific, decade-long exploration into the possibilities of three-dimensional typography. His first experiments with lettering—heavily influenced by the avant-garde typography of the 1920s—appeared on magazine covers, posters, and record sleeves. Timeless and technically dazzling, Igarashi’s signature style demonstrates his mastery of three-dimensional forms and perspective, refined long before the introduction of computers into the design industry.

Takenobu Igarashi A–Z offers a comprehensive guide to Igarashi’s experimental typography, featuring not only his most celebrated works, but also a first look at archival plans, drawings, and production drafts for his iconic designs. From his early print works and hand-drawn experiments to self-initiated sculptural pieces and high-profile 3-D identities for international clients and institutions, this book is a long-overdue survey of one of the most ingenious graphic designers of the twentieth century.


Sakura Nomiyama

Edited By

Sakura Nomiyama is a Design Historian. She has worked as a freelance design researcher and curator, most recently contributing to the ‘Marcel Breuer’s Furniture’ exhibit at the National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo.

Haruki Mori


Haruki Mori is Design Director of Mori Design Inc, Tokyo.