From scroll to screen

Like Japanese popular culture at large, the history of Japanese graphic design and illustration is a melting pot of traditional heritage combined with selective Western influences and savvy, inimitable humour and style.

This, after all, is an ancient country that witnessed a cultural and political rebirth not more than 70 years ago. A rebirth that both reasserted age-old traditions while offering a clean, creative space, within which Japanese graphic design burst into life after the curbs of wartime propaganda under Imperial rule. The likes of Mighty Atom and manga, Studio Ghibli, 60s pop art, Keiichi Tanaami and Muji, Nagi Noda, Hello Kitty, anime and the inexorable Pok©mon phenomenon have all been born and flourished in post-modern Japan.

Thank you for reading 5 articles this month* Join now for unlimited access

Enjoy your first month for just £1 / $1 / €1

*Read 5 free articles per month without a subscription

Join now for unlimited access

Try first month for just £1 / $1 / €1

The Creative Bloq team is made up of a group of design fans, and has changed and evolved since Creative Bloq began back in 2012. The current website team consists of eight full-time members of staff: Editor Georgia Coggan, Deputy Editor Rosie Hilder, Ecommerce Editor Beren Neale, Senior News Editor Daniel Piper, Editor, Digital Art and 3D Ian Dean, Tech Reviews Editor Erlingur Einarsson and Ecommerce Writer Beth Nicholls and Staff Writer Natalie Fear, as well as a roster of freelancers from around the world. The 3D World and ImagineFX magazine teams also pitch in, ensuring that content from 3D World and ImagineFX is represented on Creative Bloq.