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JAGDA New Designer Awards Exhibition 2022

Taku Sasaki, Miori Takeda, Shoichi Maehara

  • DATES : Tue, May 31 - Sat, July 2, 2022
  • HOURS : 11:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. Closed Sundays. Admission free.

  • * Please note: On June 15 (Wed), the gallery will close at 6:00 p.m. to accommodate that evening’s Creative Salon.

    *Upon entry to the gallery, all visitors are requested to submit to a temperature check, sanitize their hands, wear a face mask, and maintain a social distance of 2 meters. Persons with any of the following symptoms are requested to refrain from visiting the gallery: fever (above 37. 5℃), cough, sore throat, general fatigue, etc. When necessary, the number of visitors allowed in the gallery may be limited in order to avoid crowding.

The Japan Graphic Design 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 the organization of exhibitions and seminars, support of design education, initiatives to cultivate 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 in Graphic Design in Japan JAGDA 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 119 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 2022, after a rigorous selection process evaluating 137 eligible candidates, the 40th JAGDA New Designer Awards were presented to Taku Sasaki, Miori Takeda and Shoichi Maehara. This exhibition will introduce their winning and recent works, with a focus on posters and product designs.

1. Novelty item for manufacturer of stationery products (cl: KOKUYO)
2. Promotional tool for stationery company (cl: KOKUYO)
3. Promotional tools for online shop (cl: KOKUYO)
4. Promotional items for multi-purpose facility (cl: KOKUYO)

1. Wrappings for fashion brand (cl: BAYCREW’S)
2. Works to show at gallery exhibition (org: OFS Gallery)
3. Publicity posters for cosmetics brand (cl: Shiseido)
4. Book covers for paper trading company and publisher of marketing communications magazines (cl: TAKEO, Sendenkaigi)

1. Poster for outdoor power equipment maker’s in-house magazine (cl: Yamabiko)
2. Poster for flower workshop (cl: Hanaike Japan Project)
3. Poster for flower shop (cl: Camille)
4. Illustrations for outdoor power equipment maker’s in-house magazine (cl: Yamabiko)
5. Package designs for silk fashion brand (cl: Atelier Y)

Taku Sasaki

Born in Tokyo in 1985. In 2008, on graduating from Tama Art University with a concentration in Product Design, he joined Kokuyo Co. Here, he is engaged in product brand planning and design, signage planning, corporate branding, etc., working in both the two- and three-dimensional realms. Among the major awards he has won to date are the Tokyo ADC Award, Good Design Awards (Gold and Best 100), Red Dot Design Award, and Kokuyo Design Award.

Miori Takeda

Born in Yokohama in 1986. A graduate of the Graphic Design course of Tama Art University, she worked in the Creative Division of Shiseido from 2011 until she went freelance in 2021. She performs art direction primarily related to beauty products, fashion and jewelry brands.

Shoichi Maehara

Born in Tokyo in 1982. Graduated from Tama Art University in the Graphic Design course. After working at Dentsu Tec and DRAFT, he went freelance in 2019.

Traveling Exhibition
Information will be provided when available.

Publication Featuring the Award-winning Works
The award-winning works will be featured in the opening pages of Graphic Design in Japan 2022, 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 creations 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 16,500)


Creation Gallery G8


Japan Graphic Design Association Inc. (JAGDA)

KOKUYO K Heart Co., Ltd., TAKEO Co., Ltd., Heiwa Paper Co., Ltd., Koubunsha Co., Ltd., BBmedia Co., Ltd.