Graphic Design in Japan 2022
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 its member’s works, selected according to strict criteria, are introduced with over 1,000 plates. It also contains Yusaku Kamekura Design Award as the best work and its creator of the year, JAGDA Awards as especially outstanding works, and JAGDA New Designer Awards as the most promising young graphic designers. This is an unprecedented design almanac presenting the latest world-class graphic designs created by Japanese designers, which also serves as a database.
The 24th Yusaku Kamekura Design Award | JAGDA Awards 2022 | JAGDA New Designer Awards 2022 | Posters | General Graphics | CI, VI, Symbols, Logotypes & Typefaces | Book & Editorial Design | Package Design | Newspaper & Magazine Advertising | Ambient Design & Spatial Graphics | Digital Media | Videos | Integrated Design
[The 24rd Yusaku Kamakura 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. Takuya Onuki for “Hiroshima Appeals 2021.”
The award-winning work was the 2021 edition of “HIROSHIMA APPEALS,” the series of peace-promoting posters created by a different JAGDA member each year, coupled with related works. Besides creating the physical poster itself, Mr. Onuki used augmented reality (AR) whereby the viewer, by placing a smartphone over the poster image, sees the white dove appear out of black snow.
The judges expressed their high acclaim of the work. “The contrast between the scary impact of the black snow globe and the beauty of the white dove evokes a clear and powerful message.” “Every aspect of the work, starting with the dove’s three-dimensional form, is crafted with sheer perfection, absolutely brilliant.” “The designer has injected new technology into this peace campaign with its long history, and I sense his firm determination to convey the memory of the atomic bombing to the next generation.” “The work has a persuasive power befitting the designer’s extensive background in creating advertising.”
[JAGDA Awards 2022]
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 “Image 0, Joshibi University of Art and Design”, general graphics “Eiko Box”, Logotype “Degree Zero, Nakahira Takuma”, book & editorial design “Nakajo”, package design “Everypan”, magazine advertising “Dansko”, ambient design & spatial graphics “Who are We and What Can We Learn from Observation?”, digital media “Picnic Art Festival 2021”, video “Shikoushiten”, and integrated design “Hiroshima Appeals 2021”.
[JAGDA New Designer Awards 2022]
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 137 nominees, 2022 awards, the 40th to date, were presented to Miori Takeda, Shoichi Maehara and Taku Sasaki.
“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.
A list of JAGDA members by prefecture is included.
Special Feature: Hiroshima Appeals 1983–2021
In Memoriam: Masayoshi Nakajo
JAGDA International Student Award 2021 Winning Works
Appendix: JAGDA Activities in Fiscal 2021
Published: 20 July 2022
Format: 280mm x 210mm | 476 pages | color
Editor in chief: Masahiro Kakinokihara
Book design: Yuri Uenishi
Katsunori Aoki, Katsumi Asaba, Tsuguya Inoue, Koji Iyama, Yoshiaki Irobe, Yuri Uenishi, Ryosuke Uehara, Rika Eguchi, Takuya Onuki, Masahiro Kakinokihara, Kaoru Kasai, Atsuki Kikuchi, Shogo Kishino, Hitomi Sago, Taku Satoh, Katsuhiko Shibuya, Norito Shinmura, Yui Takada, Ryoji Tanaka, Kazufumi Nagai, Hiroaki Nagai, Norio Nakamura, Kazunari Hattori, Kenya Hara, Masaaki Hiromura, Shin Matsunaga, Haruka Misawa, Manabu Mizuno, Yoshie Watanabe (29 in total)
Non-members 16,500 JPY (with tax / without shipping fee)
Members and Friends 13,750 JPY (with tax / without shipping fee)
[domestic distribution] Rikuyosha
[overseas distribution] JAGDA Secretariat