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JAGDA New Designer Awards Exhibition 2007

Tadahiro Gunji, Yosuke Kobayashi & Tomoaki Furuya

  • DATES : Mon. June 4 - Fri. June 29, 2007

The Japan Graphic Designers Association Inc. (JAGDA), established in 1978, is one of Japan’s largest design organizations, its membership currently standing at some 2,400 designers. JAGDA undertakes a wide variety of activities aimed at enhancing our lives and culture through design. These include organization of exhibitions and seminars, and publication of works such as the JAGDA yearbook Graphic Design in Japan (formerly, JAGDA Annual) and VISUAL DESIGN, a textbook on design.

Each year, from among the works selected for inclusion in Graphic Design in Japan JAGDA presents the “JAGDA New Designer Awards” to promising young designers (up to age 39) who have produced high-quality works of outstanding freshness. To date the awards have been bestowed on 72 designers, all now active at the very forefront of their profession, including: Kaoru Kasai, Makoto Saito, Kenya Hara, Takuya Onuki, Ken Miki, Katsunori Aoki, Taku Satoh, Kashiwa Sato, Nagi Noda and Chie Morimoto. Today the JAGDA New Designer Awards and award winners garner much attention among members of both the design and advertising fields.

This year, after a rigorous selection process evaluating 178 eligible candidates, the 25th JAGDA New Designer Awards were presented to Tadahiro Gunji, Yosuke Kobayashi and Tomoaki Furuya. This exhibition will introduce their winning and recent works, with a focus on posters and small graphics.

Tadahiro Gunji

Yosuke Kobayashi

Tomoaki Furuya

Tadahiro Gunji

Tadahiro Gunji was born in Fukui Prefecture in 1978. In 2002, upon graduating from Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music (now, Tokyo University of the Arts) with a major in Design, he joined Nippon Design Center, Inc. In 2006, he participated in establishment of Koiso Design, where he is currently working as a graphic design and film director. Gunji has shown his works at onedotzero and RESFEST.

Yosuke Kobayashi

Yosuke Kobayashi was born in the city of Niigata in 1975. As a student at Meiji Gakuin University, Faculty of Letters, he happened upon the posters of Yusaku Kamekura and decided to change his course of studies. In 2009, he established Kitchen Sink.

Tomoaki Furuya

Tomoaki Furuya was born in Saitama Prefecture in 1973. In 1997, he graduated from Keio University, Faculty of Environment and Information Studies. In 2002, upon graduating from the Graphic Design course of Tama Art University, he joined DRAFT Inc. In 2003, Furuya received a Tokyo TDC Award, and in 2006 a Nikkei Advertising Award.

Exhibition Profile
The exhibition will feature the three winners’ award-winning and recent works, with a focus on their posters, small graphics and film works.

Traveling Exhibition
The exhibition will travel to Osaka in July, Shiga in August, Niigata in October, Fukuoka in December, and Aichi in January 2008.

Awards Ceremony
June 8 (Fri), 2007 (3:00 p.m.) at JAGDA’s 24th regular annual general meeting (2007), scheduled to take place at Tokyo Midtown Conference in Roppongi.

Publication Featuring the Award-Winning Works
The award-winning works will be featured in the opening pages of Graphic Design in Japan 2007, 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. It contains outstanding works created by JAGDA members during the preceding year, selected through an open call for entries. Editor-in-Chief: Yasuhiro Sawada; Book Design: Manabu Mizuno; Publisher: Rikuyosha Co., Ltd.; Price: JPY 15,750 (tax included).

Creation Gallery G8

Japan Graphic Designers Association Inc. (JAGDA)

Nippon Design Center, Inc.; e company

Taiyo Printing Co., Ltd.