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Art Direction Japan 2018 Exhibition

  • DATES : October 29 (Mon) – November 22 (Thu), 2018
  • HOURS : 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. Closed Sundays and holidays. Admission free.

“Art Direction Japan Exhibition 2018” is the latest in a series of annual exhibitions that until last year were known as the “Tokyo Art Directors Club (ADC) Exhibitions.” These regular events at Creation Gallery G8 have consistently garnered great attention within advertising and design circles.

The Tokyo ADC, founded in 1952, currently has 80 members, art directors all ranking at the top of their profession. Together they serve as the judging panel for annual open competitions. The awards they bestow each year—the Tokyo ADC Awards—draw attention both in Japan and abroad as prestigious indicators of the latest trends in Japanese advertising and graphic design.

This year’s competition attracted some 8,000 entries, all works making their first appearance, usage or publication in the 12-month period from May 2017 through April 2018. The year’s award-winning works, along with other outstanding works to be featured in the Tokyo ADC’s annual compendium—now renamed “Art Direction Japan”—were chosen by the club members during rigorous judging sessions spanning three days.

Ahead of the publication of the new yearbook, this year’s award-winning and outstanding works will be on display simultaneously at Creation Gallery G8 (works by non-members) and ginza graphic gallery (works by Tokyo ADC members).

For a list of the 2018 Tokyo ADC Award winners, click here.

Tokyo ADC Award winners (non-members)

Double A “Obsession for Smoothness” movie
Yusuke Tanaka film director
Kentaro Harano art director
Takeshi Nozoe creative director
Jin Saito planner
Daito Manabe technical director

Nissin Foods “Cup Noodle: HUNGRY DAYS” commercial film
Masaru Seo art director
Masanobu Hiraoka film director
Show Yanagisawa film director
Yusuke Takase film director
Yusuke Sato creative director, planner

The Kobe Shimbun “SINCE 1995” newspaper advertisements?
Yoshinaka Ono art director
Kazunori Kawagoshi creative director
Koji Hirayama copywriter

KOKUYO “THINK OF THINGS” general graphics, package design, logomark and logotype
Aki Kanai art director

Toyota Motor “GR” posters?, magazine ads? and commercial film
Tatsuki Ikezawa art director
Takeshi Nozoe creative director
Stefan von Borbely photographer
Shoji Uchida photographer

Otsuka Pharmaceutical “POCARI SWEAT” commercial film
Atsushi Oogi art director, planner
Koichi Iguchi film director
Takuya Isojima copywriter

Suntory “Rest Style Reform” posters
Akihiro Hamabe art director
Akihiro Terui copywriter
Norihisa Tojimbara illustrator
Yoshihiko Ueda photographer

SEED “GRAPH x SEED G Series” package design
Issay Kitagawa art director

ITOCHU “Corporate Advertising” posters? and newspaper ads?
Manabu Okamoto art director
Koichiro Yamamoto creative director
Mika Kunii copywriter
Seizo Tashima illustrator

Tokyo ADC Award winners (members)
Exhibited at ginza graphic gallery

Grand Prix
Graphic-sha Publishing “Advertising is” book and editorial design
Takuya Onuki art director

Tokyo ADC Members Awards
CULEN “Atarashii Chizu” newspaper ads, logomark and logotype
Kenjiro Sano art director
Taku Tada creative director
* Tokyo ADC Production Award
Yumi Katori designer
Mikiya Takimoto photographer

Hiromu Hara Award
Book & editorial design of “Bridget Riley: Paintings from the 1960s to the Present,” Kawamura Memorial DIC Museum of Art
Atsuki Kikuchi art director

Creation Gallery G8 (works by non-members)
Recruit Ginza8 Bldg., 8-4-17 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 104-8001
Tel: 03-6835-2260

ginza graphic gallery (works by Tokyo ADC members)
DNP Ginza Bldg., 7-7-2 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 104-0061
Tel: 03-3571-5206

11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. Closed Sundays and holidays. Admission free.

Featured Exhibits
Approx. 100 award-winning or outstanding works: TV commercials, posters, newspaper ads, editorial designs, package designs, logomarks, websites, videos, etc.

Traveling Exhibition in Nagano
Komorokougen Museum – Shiratori Eisetsu Museum
January 6 (Sun), 2019 – February 17 (Sun), 2019
2805-1 Oaza Hishidaira, Komoro City, Nagano Pref. 384-0041
Tel: 0267-26-2070

Traveling Exhibition in Ishikawa
Manabi-no-Mori Nonoichi Kaleido
April 4 (Thu), 2019 – May 7 (Tue), 2019
4-156 Taheiji, Nonoichi City, Ishikawa Pref. 921-8845
Tel: 076-248-8099

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