Makoto Saitō (designer)

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Makoto Saitō
サイトウ マコト
Born (1952-12-21) 21 December 1952 (age 69)
Fukuoka, Japan
OccupationGraphic designer and artist
EmployerMakoto Saitō Design (owner)

Makoto Saitō (サイトウ マコト, born 21 December 1952) is a Japanese graphic designer, self-described "poster designer", and artist.

Saitō was born in Fukuoka, Japan.[1] His early work as a printmaker was successful, shown internationally, and is part of the collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York.[2] Saitō worked from 1974 to 1980 at Nippon Design Center before starting his own firm, Makoto Saitō Design.[1] His posters are typified by text-free imagery in dense inks printed on thick, high quality papers.[1] His wide-ranging creative activities explore perpetual theme of “seeing.”

Saitō has been a member of the Alliance Graphique Internationale since 1994.[3]

An interview with Saitō was featured in Spring 2000 issue of Eye magazine, and includes the following quote:

I don't trust words. You can say anything with words. I prefer a visual means of communication because it allows the message to be more direct.[4]

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  1. ^ a b c Eye, Number 35, Volume 9, Spring 2000.
  2. ^ "Makoto Saito - 4 Artworks, Bio & Shows on Artsy". Retrieved 4 July 2020.
  3. ^ "Makoto Saitō". ideasondesign. Retrieved 4 July 2020.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  4. ^ Eye, Number 35, Volume 9, Spring 2000.