Graphic Design in Japan 2016

Graphic Design in Japan 2016

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JAGDA, one of the largest design organizations in Asia, has been introducing outstanding designs in its annual Graphic Design in Japan since 1981. Every year more than 1,000 designs, selected through strict selection process, are introduced with staff credit such as copywriters and photographers, and the organisation’s member directory by prefecture. This is an unprecedented design almanac presenting the latest world-class graphic designs created by Japanese designers, which also serves as a database.


The 18th Yusaku Kamekura Design Award | JAGDA Awards 2016 | JAGDA New Designer Awards 2016 | Posters/General Graphics | CI, VI, Symbols, Logotypes & Typefaces | Book & Editorial Design | Package Design | Newspaper & Magazine Advertising | Ambient Design & Spatial Graphics | Interactive Design | Videos | Integrated Design

The 18th Yusaku Kamekura Design Award
The Yusaku Kamekura Design Award was established in 1999 in commemoration of the achievements of the late Yusaku Kamekura, JAGDA’s first president to contribute 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. Ken Miki for APPLE+, a series of posters created to publiceze his own solo exhibition. The judges gave high acclaim both to the bold design of the posters themselves and to Miki’s unique approach to design education behind the poster’s creation.

JAGDA Awards 2016
The JAGDA Award was launched in 2008 in reflection of JAGDA’s commitment to commend and record each year’s outstanding works of graphic design – an undertaking JAGDA considers to be among its important activities. The JAGDA Awards are presented to several particularly significant works among those submitted in the Annual that garnered the most number of votes in their specific category. This year, the award was given to the following ten works: poster “Sekai Takkyu 2015”, general graphics “Our Favourite Shop”, Logo “Chiyozuru”, book design “Nikkei Kairo”, package design “Shiseido Parlour 2015”, newspaper advertising “50 Selfies of Lady Gaga”, ambient design & spatial graphics “‘Minna no Mori’ Gifu Media Cosmos”, interactive design “Coron.”, video “B wo sagashi ni”, integrated design “Takao 599 Mueum”.

JAGDA New Designer Awards 2016
The JAGDA New Designer Award was established in 1983 with the goals of calling attention to outstanding young designers. The past winners have grown to be the most active creators in the industry. As a result of the strict selection with 169 nominees, 2016 awards, the 34th to date, were presented to Yuri Uenishi, Masashi Murakami, and Eriko Kawakami.

This One!
“This One!” is a system whereby each jury comments freely on one work among the year’s entries that attracted one’s interest in particular.

Member Directory
A list of JAGDA members by prefecture is included.

Special Feature: “One Work From 2016”: self-selected by 862 JAGDA Members
JAGDA Student Grand Prix 2015 Winning Works
Appendix: JAGDA Activities in Fiscal 2015

Format: 280mm x 210mm | 500pages | color
Editor in chief: Kazunari Hattory
Book design: Tomoko Yamashita

[domestic distribution] Rikuyosha
[overseas distribution] JAGDA Secretariat