Dec 23, 2001
Narita Inspected, the seal of approval slapped on scanned luggage at Tokyo’s Narita airport, places an x-ray focus on the capital’s graphic design community. Besides showcasing a comprehensive selection of amazing young hopefuls, their sometimes schizophrenic work samples are supplemented and contrasted with those extremes of Japanese society the locals tend to take for granted. As most of the contributors work from their economical, claustrophobic homes, often between bed, television and Playstation, glimpses of everyday madness and product overkill sneak into the designs which gain a generous touch of personality from these idiosyncratic living situations. Clean, purist traditionalism clashes with playful, trashy pictograms, unveiling a remarkably rich spectrum of vector and internet graphics, collages, games and cartoons.