Katsumi Komagata, an internationally renowned Japanese graphic designer is invited to our School by ELISAVA’s Master in Illustration and Comics. Next February 6th, he will offer here the lecture in English "The books were born", about the creative process of his books.
In addition to this talk, that will be open to everyone (you must register in the form at the end of this feature), the artist will also hold a workshop in our School, in this case restricted only to students of the aforementioned Master’s Degree.
Komagata was born in 1953 in Japan, where he studied graphic design in the studio of the famous poster designer Kazumasa Nagai. Later, he also participated in the creation of visual identities for fashion brands -Comme des Garçons, Zucca-. At the end of the 70s, he moved to the United States, where he worked on the identity of the audiovisual company CBS, and it was in New York where he became familiar with the work of Bruno Munari and his ground-breaking children's books. Back in Japan, in 1986 he founded One Stroke, which initially opened as a graphic design studio. When he became a father, Komagata created for his daughter a series of visual letters that would end up forming the series "Little Eyes".
He then enlarges One Stroke as a publishing house where, in collaboration with the art books publisher Les Trois Ourses, he begins to create and publish dozens of titles that make him a world reference in children's books, including tactile and sign language books for children with disabilities. Komagata has received many international awards, including the Bologna Ragazzi Mention Award in 2000, 2010 and 2016, as well as having exhibitions and workshops around the world.