Selection Process of the JAGDA Award 2020


Awarded Work:

Poster: “Hiroshima Appeals 2019” by Katsuhiko Shibuya

General Graphics: “the exhibition ‘Where We Now Stand‘ ” by Atsuki Kikuchi

Logotype: “Nishikawa” by Kazufumi Nagai

Book design: “Primitive and Graceful” by Atsuki Kikuchi

Package design: “Shiseido Parlour 2019” by Masayoshi Nakajo

Magazine Advertising: “Muji Campgrounds 2019” by Norito Shinmura + Kosuke Niwano

Ambient Design & Spatial Graphics: “Flowering in the Air” by Haruka Misawa

Interactive Design: “Mitsui Main Building 1929–2019” by Ryoji Tanaka

Video: “Schoolyard” by Kohei Yoshino

Integrated Design: “Issey Miyake Semba

Publication: “Graphic Design in Japan 2020”

(published on 20 July 2020 / distributed by Rikuyosha)


Exhibition: Tokyo Midtown Design Hub 86th Exhibition “Graphic Design in Japan 2020

Friday 10 July to Monday 31 August 2020 at Tokyo Midtown Design Hub

Selection Process of the JAGDA Awards 2020

The JAGDA Award (initially known as the JAGDA Category Award) was inaugurated in 2008 in line with JAGDA’s conviction that selecting and recording the outstanding graphic design works of the year is one of its most important activities. The JAGDA Award is bestowed on one particularly outstanding work in each category from among the entries featured in the yearbook.


This year, in most categories, the 10 works garnering the highest number of votes in the initial round of voting were nominated for a JAGDA Award. The following categories were exceptions: Posters, 20 nominations (owing to the large number of entries); General Graphics, 15; CI, VI, Symbols, Logotypes & Typefaces, 15; Newspaper & Magazine Advertising, 5; and Interactive Design and Videos, 3 nominations each (due to the small number of entries).
Voting was carried out separately for each category, with 28 members of the Selection Committee in attendance (10 members in the case of the Interactive Design and Videos categories) allowed to cast up to 3 votes per category (with the option of casting fewer than 3). During the voting process, the names of the designers were concealed, and judges who themselves had an entry among nominated works were excluded from voting within the particular category. Ultimately, the 3 works in each category garnering the largest number of votes were designated as finalists.
The final round of voting was then conducted using printed voting sheets, with each judge required to cast 1 vote per category. Again, the designers’ names were concealed, and when a judge’s own work was included among the finalists in a given category, he or she did not participate in the voting. In the end, the works attracting the largest number of votes in each category were designated the winners of this year’s JAGDA Awards. This year, in the General Graphics and Videos categories, the vote counts were extremely close (only 1 vote difference) and a special round of voting was held, limited to those finalists.