Centre is a design office. Its work focuses on identity and creative direction for people, institutions and brands guiding the trajectory of contemporary culture. Recent commissions include identities for The Japan Pavilion at the 58th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia and The Aichi Triennale 2022, and art direction for ISSEY MIYAKE and Tokyo Art Book Fair.
Founder of Centre Inc. / Member of a Alliance Graphique Internationale and Japan Graphic DesignAssociation Inc. / Part-time lecturer at Tama Art University and Tokyo University of the Arts.
Born in Shizuoka, Japan in 1980. Graduated from Musashino Art University in 2004. He established the shared creative office in 2008. In 2022, he established Centre Inc. Tanaka’s design approach is characterized by spatial awareness and three-dimensional design while focusing on paper-based media. His design activities cover various fields, from publicity materials such as posters to book design, signage systems design for cultural institutions, and identity creation. He also forms the artist duo 「Nerhol」 with Ryuta Iida (sculptor). Their major exhibitions include 『Index』 at the Foam Museum of Photography in the Netherlands, 『Promenade』 at the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, and 『New Photographic Objects』 at the Museum of Modern Art, Saitama.
His major works include:
The Tokyo Art Book Fair 2015 – present
The Tokyo Photographic Art Museum 201
Thomas Ruff Touring Exhibition in Japan 2016 – 2017
Art Fair Tokyo 2018 – present
Takeo Paper Show 2018
Kengo Kuma: a LAB for materials 2018
Japan Pavilion at the 58th International Art Exhibition –La Biennale di Venezia 2019
The Aichi Triennale 2022 etc.
Yoshihisa Tanaka, Art Director
Yutaro Yamada, Graphic Designer
Misaki Nishikura, Graphic Designer
Yoshiko Tanigawa, Art Director
Xiaojun Shi, Graphic Designer / Communications
Kana Furusho, Graphic Designer
PhotobookAwards 2014 / Aperture Foundation
The Best Photobooks of 2014 / TIME Magazine
JAGDA New Designer Award
PromaxBDA DESIGN GLOBAL EXCELLENCE AWARDS / SILVER
red dot award
TDC Prize Nominee work
CS Design Award / SILVER
Foam Tallent Call
VOCA grand prix
Best streamlining: Wallpaper* Design Awards 2021
IDEA No.381 / Transboundary Design — Perspective of Yoshihisa Tanaka
One and Three Books / limArt