Profile: Loworks

Japanese graphic design has, in many ways, paved the way for Western graphic design, turning its rich cultural heritage and idiosyncrasies into a visual format that seems both alien and familiar. Historically, Japan has been influenced by Chinese and Korean traditions in calligraphy, pottery, painting and poetry, but following the Second World War, America became the dominant cultural role-model accompanied by Japan's rapid modernisation.

In effect, Japan became a melting pot where East and West met. Unlike many Asian cultures, Japan wholeheartedly embraced foreign influences but warped them through its own unique prism. And just as Japanese society is multi-layered and clearly structured, two different kinds of graphic language have emerged.

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