Welcome to the first installment of Things I'm Obsessed With.
Today's beauty comes courtesy of 50watts.com, a books/illustration/design site I've discovered in the last few weeks.
It's fascinating thinking about how much the corporate design world has changed since ads have moved from hand-drawn illustration to computer graphics. I always think about mistakes. Now I can live by "Command-Z", but back in the day— well, it's where the cliche "Back to the Drawing Board" comes from.
These Shisedo ads and illustrations are particularly fascinating to me to compare their similarities and differences between these and iconic European design at the time (Bauhaus, even moving into Constructivist, and here are some UK Vogue covers for comparison).
Something that I think a lot about with Japanese design is how there are such interesting opportunities with typography. Kanji is read vertically, rather than our horizontal lines of type in the west. Many of these ad layouts reflect this, and much like horizontal-type Western artists were doing at this time, play with going outside the grid.