Hara Design Institute
Born 1958, Kenya Hara is a Japanese graphic designer and curator. He has been the art director of Muji since 2001. He designed the opening and closing ceremony programs of the Nagano Winter Olympic Games 1998. In his publication Designing Design, he elaborates on the importance of “emptiness” in both the visual and philosophical traditions of Japan and its application to design. Hara is a leading design personality in Japan, running his Hara Design Institute as a design think tank. As a professor at Musashino Art University he has developed a distinct teaching method, „ex-formation“, and has published widely on the topic.