Yusaku Kamekura Design Award

The Yusaku Kamekura Design Award was established to honor achievements of the late Mr. Yusaku Kamekura, the first President of JAGDA, who had a continued influence on the designers’ community around the world, and to seek further development of graphic design. This award was established with a grant from his bereaved family. JAGDA is responsible for the management of the award and has selected the best work from designs submitted for the Graphic Design in Japan annual. This award has been presented to the best design and its designer every year since 1999, regardless of the age or career of the designer. Mr. Kamekura created “contemporary” designs, competing with younger designers, until shortly before he passed away. He also sought artistic quality and the essence of graphic design through editing the graphic design magazine Creation. The Yusaku Kamekura Design Award respects his wishes and is given to graphic designs that express universality and innovation.

Award-Winning Work 2017

Award-Winning Designs in the Past Years

Publicity posters for solo exhibition “APPLE+” (cl: DNP Foundation for Cultural Promotion)

The 18th: Ken Miki

Publicity posters for solo exhibition “APPLE+” (cl: DNP Foundation for Cultural Promotion)

Peace campaign poster  “Hiroshima Appeals” (cl: Hiroshima Peace Creation Fund, Hiroshima International Cultural Foundation, JAGDA Hiroshima)

The 17th: Kenjiro Sano

Posters for exhibition at design event HOKUSAI_LINE (cl: Tokyo Design Week)

Peace campaign poster  “Hiroshima Appeals” (cl: Hiroshima Peace Creation Fund, Hiroshima International Cultural Foundation, JAGDA Hiroshima)

The 16th: Kaoru Kasai

Peace campaign poster Hiroshima Appeals (cl: Hiroshima Peace Creation Fund, Hiroshima International Cultural Foundation, JAGDA Hiroshima)

Works created for art museum’s anniversary celebration “The 60th anniversary of The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo” (cl: The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo)

The 15th: Keiko Hirano

Works created for art museum’s anniversary celebration The 60th anniversary of The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo (cl: The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo)

Image poster for cosmetic company

The 14th: Katsuhiko Shibuya

Image poster for cosmetic company SHISEIDO (cl: Shiseido)

The 13th N/A

No design received the award as a result of the strict selection process.

posters portraying design philosophy of home builder “Misawa Design 2009 BAUHAUS” (cl: Misawa Homes)

The 12th: Katsumi Asaba

Posters portraying design philosophy of home builder Misawa Design 2009 BAUHAUS (cl: Misawa Homes)

Fashion brand “THEATRE PRODUCTS” graphic tool (cl: Theatre Products)

The 11th: Ryosuke Uehara

Fashion brand THEATRE PRODUCTS graphic tool (cl: Theatre Products)

VI, posters and venue design for 21_21 DESIGN SIGHT Exhibition 2: water (client: 21_21 DESIGN SIGHT)

The 10th: Taku Satoh

VI, posters and venue design for 21_21 DESIGN SIGHT Exhibition 2: water (client: 21_21 DESIGN SIGHT)

Packaging design for ISSIMBOW Katachi-Koh incense (client: Issimbow)

The 9th: Shin Matsunaga

Packaging design for ISSIMBOW Katachi-Koh incense (client: Issimbow)

The 8th N/A

No design received the award as a result of the strict selection process.

Posters for the collection of works Visionary Scape (client: Katsui Design Office)

The 7th: Mitsuo Katsui

Posters for the collection of works Visionary Scape (client: Katsui Design Office)

Editorial design of Ryuko Tsushin fashion magazine (client: Infas)

The 6th: Kazunari Hattori

Editorial design of Ryuko Tsushin fashion magazine (client: Infas)

Posters for solo exhibition Mount Fuji: The Incurable Malady of Masayoshi Nakajo (client: Creation Gallery G8)

The 5th: Masayoshi Nakajo

Posters for solo exhibition Mount Fuji: The Incurable Malady of Masayoshi Nakajo (client: Creation Gallery G8)

Posters promoting CD release Smap (client: Victor Entertainment)

The 4th: Kashiwa Sato

Posters promoting CD release Smap (client: Victor Entertainment)

Book design of Paper and Design (client: Takeo)

The 3rd: Kenya Hara

Book design of Paper and Design (client: Takeo)

Posters for solo exhibition Life (client: International Design Center NAGOYA)

The 2nd: Kazumasa Nagai

Posters for solo exhibition Life (client: International Design Center NAGOYA)

Poster series Salvatore Ferragamo: The Art of the Shoe (client: Salvatore Ferragamo Italia S.p.A. et al) and other works included in Graphic Design in Japan 1999

The 1st: Ikko Tanaka

Poster series Salvatore Ferragamo: The Art of the Shoe (client: Salvatore Ferragamo Italia S.p.A.) and other works included in Graphic Design in Japan 1999