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Tshirt Exhibition in Tokyo Midtown - Design Yes No

During our exploration of Tokyo Midtown, we came across graphic posters for a "Design Yes No" exhibition which intrigued me. We inquired at the foyer of the block the exhibition appeared to be in, and were informed that the show was of t-shirts and was free. Both those statements appealed to both of us so we gave it a visit.

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Up several floors, the Design Yes No exhibition was the 16th exhibition of a group called the Tokyo Midtown Design Hub.

Passing through a corridor that made it quite obvious we were in the right place, we came across a room full of hanging t-shirts that were headed by two large free standing whiteboards on which were pinned a couple of hundred postcards.

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Without being able to read any Japanese for any background, we were still able to understand that the concept was based on conflicting ideas shown graphically together.

Not a bad start point, though I did think the resulting t-shirt designs on display were a mixed bunch. I hesitate to judge without knowing any context however, though the following three designs caught my eye for their simplicty and relevance.

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On the reverse of the whiteboards were the simply words "yes" and "no", so what else could I do but get Linh to oblige with cheesy poses?

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Here's a little video showing the exhibition:



More photos from the Design Yes No Exhibition on Flickr


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