Graphic Design in Japan 2019

Graphic Design in Japan 2019

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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 21st Yusaku Kamekura Design Award | JAGDA Awards 2019 | JAGDA New Designer Awards 2019 | 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 21th 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. Yoshiaki Irobe for subway system CI plan “Osaka Metro.”

[JAGDA Awards 2019]

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: posters “Life”, general graphics “the exhibition ‘Bridget Riley’ ”, CI “Osaka Metro”, book design “PAUL KLEE: TAGEBÜCHER 1898-1918”, package design “Tartine”, newspaper advertising “SINCE 1995”, ambient design & spatial graphics “the exhibition ‘MASS’”, interactive design “History of The Internet”, video “Split Up!”, and integrated design “the exhibition ‘Observatory of Imagination’”.

[JAGDA New Designer Awards 2019]

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 152 nominees, 2019 awards, the 37th to date, were presented to Tomohiro Okazaki, Natsuki Akanuma, and Ikki Kobayashi.

[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.


Prefatory Note: “The View of Design from an Alternative Vantage Point” by Takako
Terunuma (Secretary General, Tokyo Type Directors Club)
Special Feature: Business Cards of 659 Designers
JAGDA Student Grand Prix 2018 Winning Works
Appendix: JAGDA Activities in Fiscal 2018

Format: 280mm x 210mm | 480 pages | color
Editor in chief: Masahiro Kakinokihara
Book design: Daijiro Ohara


[domestic distribution] Rikuyosha
[overseas distribution] JAGDA Secretariat