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Masayoshi Nakajo

Masayoshi Nakajo was born in Tokyo in 1933. In 1956, upon graduating from Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music, where he majored in Design, he joined the advertising department at Shiseido. In 1959 he moved to Deska, but then went freelance in 1960, establishing Nakajo Design Office the following year. He performed art direction and design of Shiseido’s cultural magazine “Hanatsubaki” and The Ginza/Tactics Design; corporate identity (CI) planning for Matsuya Ginza, Wacoal Spiral, the Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, and Hosomi Museum; and created logotypes and package designs for Shiseido Parlour, and logo and signage planning for Tokyo Ginza Shiseido Building. During his long career he received numerous awards, including the TDC Members’ Gold Prize, ADC Members’ Grand Prize, Yusaku Kamekura Design Award, Mainichi Design Award, and JAAC Yamana Prize. From the Japanese Government, he was bestowed the Medal of Honor with Purple Ribbon and the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Rosette. Masayoshi Nakajo passed away on October 26, 2021.