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JAGDA New Designer Awards Exhibition 2019Natsuki Akanuma, Tomohiro Okazaki, Ikki Kobayashi

  • DATES : Tue. May 28 - Sat. June 29, 2019
  • HOURS : 11:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. Closed Sundays. Admission free.

The Japan Graphic Designers Association Inc. (JAGDA), established in 1978, is one of Asia’s largest design organizations, its membership currently standing at some 3,000 designers. JAGDA undertakes a wide variety of activities aimed at enhancing the environment for communication through design. These include organization of exhibitions and seminars, promotion of design education, initiatives to foster public design and revitalize regions, international exchange, and publication of a yearbook: Graphic Design in Japan.

Each year, from among the works selected for inclusion inGraphic Design in JapanJAGDA presents the “JAGDA New Designer Awards” to promising designers under the age of 40 who are expected to be prominent in the field in the years to come. Since the awards were inaugurated in 1983, they have been bestowed on 110 designers now active at the very forefront of their profession. As a result, today the JAGDA New Designer Awards are considered a gateway to success, and their winners garner much attention among members of both the design and advertising fields.

In 2019, after a rigorous selection process evaluating 152 eligible candidates, the 37th JAGDA New Designer Awards were presented to Natsuki Akanuma, Tomohiro Okazaki and Ikki Kobayashi. This exhibition will introduce their winning and recent works, with a focus on posters, product designs, and videos. Natsuki Akanuma, an in-house designer at Hakuhodo, creates logos for diverse corporate clients, posters, merchandise for illustrators’ solo exhibitions, etc. Tomohiro Okazaki started in graphic design, but today his activities go beyond printed materials to include video production and exhibition spatial design. Ikki Kobayashi develops product advertising and package design at Shiseido, and from May 2019 he is now also active on a freelance basis.

The exhibition will present an insightful and entertaining overview of the design works of this year’s three JAGDA New Design Award winners.

Natsuki Akanuma

Born in Kagawa Prefecture in 1990. In 2015, she completed a Bachelor’s Degree in the Department of Design at Tokyo University of the Arts and joined Hakuhodo.

  • Logo and poster for shop specializing in mackerel sushi (client: Minokichi Shokuhin)

  • Poster for lecture event (client: Hakuhodo)

  • Poster for metal casting exhibition (client: The Metal Casting Artists and Craftsmens Association of Japan)

  • Merchandise for illustrator’s solo exhibition (client: Hikaru Ichijo)

Tomohiro Okazaki

Born in Kanagawa Prefecture in 1981. In 2003, graduated from the Department of Design of Tokyo Zokei University. After initially working at ayrcreative, Okazaki established the design studio SWIMMING in September 2011. With a focus on graphic design, he works mainly in visual communication: printed materials, video, exhibitions, etc.

Poster, exhibits, spatial layout and video for solo exhibition (org: Japan Design Committee)   photo:Nacása& Partners Inc.

  • Exhibits for exhibition by museum and broadcasting company (org: NHK Educational Corp. and NHK Promotions Inc.)

  • Merchandise for exhibition by museum and broadcasting company (org: NHK Educational Corp. and NHK Promotions Inc.)

Ikki Kobayashi

Born in Hikone, Shiga Prefecture, in 1992; raised in Neyagawa (Osaka Prefecture) and Yokohama. Graduated from Tama Art University, Department of Graphic Design, in 2015. The same year Kobayashi began working in Shiseido’s Creative Division, until going freelance in May 2019. He has received a Tokyo TDC Award (2016) and Japan Package Design Silver Award (2019).

Posters for solo exhibition and related events (org: Tokyo Musashino Academy of Art)

  • Noncommissioned work (client: Ikki Kobayashi)

  • Poster for college preparatory school (client: Tokyo Musashino Academy of Art)

Awards Ceremony
June 28 (Fri), 2019 in Tokyo, at JAGDA’s regular annual general meeting (2019)

Traveling Exhibition
July 9 (Tue) – July 18 (Thu), 2019: Paper Voice Osaka (Heiwa Paper Co.)
July 30 (Tue) – August 4 (Sun), 2019: Kumamoto Prefectural Museum of Art Chibajo Branch
September 24 (Tue) – October 14 (Mon), 2019: Gallery Art Site, Seian University of Art and Design
November 2019: Nippon Designer Academy of Fine Arts (101 Gallery)
Niigata: to be announced

Publication Featuring the Award-winning Works
The award-winning works will be featured in the opening pages of Graphic Design in Japan 2019,slated for publication in June. This annually produced collection of JAGDA members’ works was launched in 1981 to introduce Japan’s multitude of high-quality graphic design works worldwide. All JAGDA members are eligible to enter their works of the previous year into the competition to be selected for inclusion in the yearbook. (Publisher: Rikuyosha Co., Ltd. Price: JPY 16,200)


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