JAGDA New Designer Awards Exhibition 2013
The Japan Graphic Designers Association Inc. (JAGDA), established in 1978, is Japan’s largest design organization, its membership currently standing at some 2,900 designers. JAGDA undertakes a variety of activities aimed at enhancing the environment for communication through design. These include organization of exhibitions and seminars and the publication of works such as Graphic Design in Japan – its yearbook showcasing the works of its members – and VISUAL DESIGN, a design textbook.
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 39 who are expected to be prominently active in the field in the years to come. Since the awards were inaugurated in 1983, they have been bestowed on 92 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 those in both the design and advertising fields.
In 2012, after a rigorous judging process evaluating 204 qualified candidates, the 31st JAGDA New Designer Awards were presented to Yoshihisa Tanaka, Atsushi Hirano and Yumiyo Miyata. This exhibition will introduce their winning and recent works, primarily in the categories of posters and small graphics.
Born in Hamamatsu, Shizuoka Prefecture, in 1980. Tanaka’s recent work includes: visual identity (VI) planning for Tokyo Photographic Art Museum and other cultural facilities; joint ownership of the POST bookshop and CASE publishing firm; and art direction of Tokyo Art Book Fair, “Anish Kapoor in Beppu,” Takeo Paper Show, etc. Tanaka is also active in the artist unit Nerhol, together with sculptor Ryuta Iida. Their major solo exhibitions include “Index” at Foam Photography Museum (Netherlands), “Nerhol Promenade” at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, and “Interview, Portrait, House and Room” at Youngeun Museum of Contemporary Art (Korea). nerhol.com
Graphic Designer. Born in Toyama Prefecture in 1973, where she was raised and currently resides. Initially worked for Cross Inc. before going freelance on April 1, 2002. She creates brand images from a graphic perspective, including logomarks, pamphlets and packaging. She has also built up a prolific portfolio in book design and editorial design. She won a JAGDA New Designer Award in 2013 and is currently a member of JAGDA.