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JAGDA New Designer Awards Exhibition 2014

Daijiro Ohara, Junya Kamada & Kentaro Harano

  • DATES : Tue. May 20 - Tue. June 24, 2014
  • HOURS : 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. Closed Sundays and holidays. Admission free.

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 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 communal design, regional revitalization and international exchange – and the publication of Graphic Design in Japan, its yearbook showcasing the works of its members.

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 95 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 2013, after a rigorous selection process evaluating 190 eligible candidates, the 32nd JAGDA New Designer Awards were presented to Daijiro Ohara, Junya Kamada and Kentaro Harano. This exhibition will introduce their winning and recent works, primarily in the categories of posters and small graphics.

Daijiro Ohara

Born in Kanagawa Prefecture in 1978. Ohara undertakes numerous projects searching for new perceptions of words and letters through graphic design, exhibitions, workshops, etc. His recent projects include: “Mojyuryoku” (Letter-Gravity), mobile typography on the theme of gravity; Ryosen (Geographical Lines), a series of graphics incorporating reconstructed trekking maps and mountain photography by Takashi Homma; “TypogRAPy,” performances with musician Shuta Hasunuma and rapper Illreme; and “NEW co.,” live print and drawing sessions with Masatomo Yoshizawa (YOUR SONG IS GOOD). Ohara is the recipient of a JAGDA New Designer Award and Tokyo TDC Award.

Junya Kamada

Born in Hokkaido in 1976. Graduated from Hokkaido Tokai University (now Tokai University) and Hokkaido College of Art & Design. Went freelance in 2012. President of KD. Major awards received to date include a JAGDA Award (2011), Japan Package Design Association Golden, Silver and Bronze Awards, Japan Typography Annual Best Work Award, and China International Poster Biennale Bronze Prize.

Kentaro Harano

Born in Yamaguchi Prefecture in 1983. Graduated from Tama Art University in 2006 majoring in graphic design. The same year, joined Hakuhodo.


Japan Graphic Designers Association Inc. (JAGDA)