Ikko Tanaka is considered the most important contemporary Japanese graphic designer. He was born in Nara in 1930. After studying in Kyoto and working for the newspaper Osaka Sankei Shimbun he founded his own studio in Tokyo in 1963 which still exists. His oeuvre consists of posters, books, lettering and packaging design, as well as the corporate identity of many Japanese and international groups, but also includes experimental forms of calligraphy and interior design. Tanaka’s work combines in a fascinating way the visual language of modernism with elements of Japanese tradition. Many of his posters are counted among the classics of modern poster design.