Graphic Design in Japan 2008

Graphic Design in Japan 2008

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JAGDA, the largest design organization in Asia, has introduced outstanding designs in the Graphic Design in Japan annual every year since 1981. These designs, selected through a strict selection process, are introduced with a large number of pictures and are recommended with confidence. Over 1,000 designs are categorized and presented with the purpose of production for each work. Designers and their works are laid out in Japanese alphabetic order. In addition, a list of JAGDA members by prefecture (including e-mail addresses and URLs) and indexes of copywriters and photographers are included. This is an unprecedented design almanac, a collection of world-class graphic designs created by Japanese designers, which also serves as a database.

The 10th Yusaku Kamekura Design Award / JAGDA New Designer Awards 2008 / Posters / General Graphics / CI, VI, Symbols, Logotypes & Typefaces / Book & Editorial Design / Package Design / Newspaper & Magazine Advertising / Interactive Design & Motion Graphics / Ambient Design & Spatial Graphics

The 10th Yusaku Kamekura Design Award
The Yusaku Kamekura Design Award was established in 1999 in commemoration of the achievements of Yusaku Kamekura, JAGDA’s first president, as a way of contributing to the development of graphic design. The award is presented each year to the work judged to be most outstanding among all entries.
This year, the Award was given to Mr. Taku Satoh for VI, posters and venue design for 21_21 DESIGN SIGHT Exhibition 2: “water”. For the exhibition he won for, Satoh had taken up the theme of “water,” a crucial issue shared by all mankind. Through the power of graphic design, he imparted an image to water – something which is inherently without shape or color – and dealt with this difficult topic in an amusing way not possible by most people. Satoh’s work was acclaimed as a brilliant example making an appeal to society from the perspective of design.

JAGDA New Designer Awards 2008
The JAGDA New Designer Awards were established in 1983 with the goals of calling attention to outstanding young designers and vitalizing the realm of graphic design. Winners are selected each year from among all entrants who have not reached their 40th birthday as of the end of October of the judging year. The 2008 awards represent the 26th to date. As a result of the strict selection process, Mr. Ken Okamuro, Mr. Koichi Kosugi, Ms. Naoko Fukuoka and Mr. Katsura Marubashi were selected as the award-winning designers.

JAGDA Category Awards
Starting this year, new awards were established for each entry category, with the award bestowed on the entry judged to be the best of its category.

This One!
“This One!” is a system whereby all participants on the judging panel comment freely on one work among the year’s entries that attracted their interest in particular.

Roundtable Discussions
The judging panel held the 10 category-based discussions on the trends of designs created during the year, works which attracted particular attention, and future possibilities.

Member Directory
A list of JAGDA members by prefecture (including e-mail addresses and URLs) is included.

Format: A4/480 pages/color
Editor in chief: Hitomi Sago
Book design: Norito Shinmura

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