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The Japanese influence on western design

In the history of graphic design a big part handles on the Japanese art and how it affected the movements that followed.  Japanese art consisted of off centered arrangements and no perspective, vibrant colors and plane surfaces.  The Ukiyo-e prints consists curved lines and textural contrast with patterns and also flat plane colors.  Art Nouveau is one of the movements that was inspired by the Japanese art and made use of curved lines and flat colors and they added floral motifs.

Towards the end of the Tokugawa period from 1603 to 1867 Japan began to open foreign trade.  The exchange of ideas and technologies was tremendous in both directions and here I make the conclusion that Japanese art influenced design to how it seen and used today in the modernist ways and in different styles.

A few of my next posts will handle on different Japanese terms and how it influence contemporary western design.


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