Sometimes art gets commodified even when we don’t mean it to. Despite the fact that Japanese artist Kazumasa Nagai refused to create pieces specifically for commercial purposes, his design work still managed to become the basis of numerous ad campaigns, and the vehicle for selling products, raising awareness and educating in various capacities. Perhaps most notably, Nagai’s work helped to popularize and revolutionize the art of the street poster. Born in 1929, Nagai’s career blossomed over the course of the ’70s and ’80s, as his work evolved over time, incorporating patterns, abstract shapes and animal forms into his signature style. I don’t know about you, but I feel like brands these days need to step their design game up. Tough.