Nakamura Keith Haring Collection

Approaching Primeval Energy

  • Book Design

Book design that investigates the connections between Keith Haring–an artist and social activist whose work responded to the New York City street culture of the 1980s–and Japanese culture. The book is published by The Nakamura Keith Haring Collection, the only museum in the world dedicated exclusively to exhibiting his artwork. The museum, located at the base of the Yatsugatake Mountains, was designed by award-winning architect Atsushi Kitagawara.

The main challenge when designing this dual language book was developing a connection between two quite independent aesthetic philosophies. We employed the use of minimal and quiet typography to reference Japanese culture and bold pattern to connect with the work of Haring. The boundless energy of his work and the relationship to nature is further expressed through the daring use of color.