1978

Japan Graphic Designers Association (JAGDA) inaugural meeting
Yusaku Kamekura appointed president (active through June 1994)
Voluntary organization established August 26 with 705 members

1979

Association with the Council of the Design Association of Japan and the National Health Insurance Union of Artists

1980

JAGDA evolves into a nationwide organization
Permanent committee established

1981

First yearbook (now titled Graphic Design in Japan / Rikuyosha) published
Joined the International Council of Graphic Design Associations (Icograda: now renamed as International Council of Communication Design)

1982

JAGDA Computer Symposium launched

1983

Establishment of the JAGDA New Designer Award
JAGDA Poster Exhibition launched and traveled nationwide, starting from Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
JAGDA Production Fee Standards handbook (including fee calculation and contract examples) published

1984

Japan Graphic Designers Association Inc. (JAGDA) inaugural meeting as a corporate entity (April 2)
JAGDA One Day School launched

1985

JAGDA session held at the Icograda Congress in Nice, France

1986

Commissioned production of posters for the Agency for Cultural Affairs’ National Culture Festival
Series of related poster exhibitions starts (through 1999)

1988

Establishment of the Japan Artistic Copyright Federation
Katzumie Masaru Award co-established by five organizations (JAGDA, Japanese Society for the Science of Design, Japan Design Committee, Tokyo Art Directors Club, Japan Industrial Designers’ Association)

1989

Hosting of the Icograda-JAGDA Pan-Pacific Design Congress ’89

1991

Association with Japan Reprographic Rights Center (now renamed as Japan Reproduction Rights Center)

1993

JAGDA textbook “VISUAL DESIGN” published (5 volumes / through 1997, Rikuyosha)

1994

Kazumasa Nagai appointed president (June 1994 to June 2000)

1997

JAGDA appointed recommendation organ for the Agency for Cultural Affairs’ overseas internship program for emerging artists

1999

Yusaku Kamekura Design Award established under the administration of JAGDA

2000

Shigeo Fukuda appointed president (June 2000 to January 2009)
Cooperation on the Japan Foundation’s Discover Japan through Contemporary Posters Exhibition

2002

FAQs on graphic designers’ copyrights published

2003

Hosting of the Icograda Congress Nagoya, Japan and the International Graphic Design Fair 2003
Friends of JAGDA Program established

2005

Who’s who online catalogue of members’ work launched

2006

VISUALOGUE: the Book published (Sendenkaigi)

2007

Tokyo Midtown Design Hub launched

2009

Mitsuo Katsui appointed president (February 2009 to June 2012)
JAGDA Award established

2010

JAGDA Vision formulated

2012

Katsumi Asaba appointed president in June