Selection Process of the JAGDA Awards 2023


Awarded Works

Poster: “Ceci n’est pas une pomme” by HATTORI Kazunari

General Graphics: “Geijutsu Gekiryu” by MAKI Jujiro

Logotype: “Juchheim” by NAGAI Kazufumi

Book & Editorial Design: “Collection of Plays by Ryo Iwamatsu” by KASAI Kaoru

Package Design: “Shichijokanshundo” by SEKIMOTO Akiko

Newspaper Advertising: “Album of Yuming Cover Songs” by KUBOTA Arata

Ambient Design & Spatial Graphics: “Tamatsukuri Kindergarten” by MISAWA Haruka

Digital Media: “Enso Zuan” by SAKAMOTO Shunta

Video: “Pocari Sweat” by MATSUNAGA Miharu

Integrated Design: “Korinkyo” by FUJITA Kako


“Graphic Design in Japan 2023” (July 2023)


Award Ceremony

JAGDA General Assembly on 16 June 2023 in Tokyo


Friday 1 September – Thursday 12 October 2023 | Tokyo Midtown Design Hub

Selection Process of the JAGDA Awards 2023

The “JAGDA Awards” (initially known as the “JAGDA Category Awards”) were 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. This year, a JAGDA Award was bestowed on one particularly outstanding work in each category from among the entries featured in the JAGDA yearbook, Graphic Design in Japan 2023.


In most categories, the 15 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); Digital Media, Videos, Newspaper & Magazine Advertising, and Ambient Design & Spatial Graphics, 7 nominations each (due to the relatively small number of entries).
Voting was carried out separately for each category, with 27 members of the Selection Committee in attendance allowed to cast up to 3 votes per category (with the option of casting fewer than 3). During the voting process, printed voting sheets were used, 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 works placing in the top 3 in each category were designated as finalists.
The final round of voting was then conducted, again 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.