JAGDA was launched in April 1978 with 705 members, which soon exceeded 1,000 in the same year. After becoming a public-interest corporation in 1984, JAGDA evolved into a graphic design organization representing Japan. However, not everything in the Association’s history has gone smoothly. While responding to actual social needs in accordance with economic trends and other temporal developments, we have evolved into an organization that is characterized by its members’ cutting-edge sensitivity. Our mission for the 21st century, an age requiring further advancements in design, is to expand the definition of “graphic design” and work toward creation of a new stage in its history.