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JAGDA New Designer Awards Exhibition 2015

Yuka Shiramoto, Ryoji Tanaka & Ryosuke Miyashita

  • DATES : Tue. May 26 - Sat. June 27, 2015
  • 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 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 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 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 98 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 2014, after a rigorous selection process evaluating 198 eligible candidates, the 33rd JAGDA New Designer Awards were presented to Yuka Shiramoto, Ryoji Tanaka and Ryosuke Miyashita. This exhibition will introduce their winning and recent works, primarily in the categories of posters and small graphics.

Yuka Shiramoto
1. Scarf and gift boxes designed for “Maholo” brand (client: Maholo)
2. “Puzzle Cookies” gift set (client: efuca)
3. “Noriko Miyamoto” typeface and “Stone Hues” graphics for jewelry artist’s exhibition (client: Ishi to Gin no Soshingu)

Ryoji Tanaka
1. Production materials and video record for “Semitransparent Design: Boring/Bored” exhibition (organizer: ginza graphic gallery)
2. Music CD (client: ATAK Tokyo)
3. Apparel brand website: “LOOK UP AT THE PLANET AND MAKE A WISH” (client: Issey Miyake)

Ryosuke Miyashita
1. “Caps” posters for self-produced font (client: Ryosuke Miyashita)
2. “Shirayuki-hime.docx” self-produced work designed using only Word (client: Ryosuke Miyashita)
3. Promotional goods for paper trading company: “PAPER SAMPLE BOOK COASTERS” created using leftover paper samples (client: Heiwa Paper Co.)

Yuka Shiramoto

Born in 1979, raised in Shizuoka Prefecture. Graduated from Kansai Gaidai University with a concentration in English Language and Communication. After working at Shinmura Design Office, DRAFT Co., Ltd. and POSTALCO, she went freelance in 2011. In 2014 she won a Tokyo ADC Award, followed in 2015 by a Japan Package Design Award (Silver Prize) in the food packaging category.

Ryoji Tanaka

Web designer and Head Designer of Semitransparent Design, Ryoji Tanaka graduated from Doshisha University (Faculty of Engineering) and the International Academy of Media Arts and Science. He is active in a broad palette of media, especially web-based media, performing everything from corporate branding and ad planning and production to exhibition of his works at art museums and galleries in Japan and abroad. His recent endeavors include planning of “Illuminating Graphics” at CREATION Gallery G8 and “Semitransparent Design: Boring/Bored” at ginza graphic gallery (ggg).

Ryosuke Miyashita

Born in Kanagawa Prefecture in 1975. Upon graduation from Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music (now, Tokyo University of the Arts) in 2002 with a Masters Degree in Design, joined Dentsu Inc. Among awards he has received to date are the “Hitotsubo Exhibition” Grand Prix, the Liquitex Biennale Grand Prize, and a Golden Egg Prize at “The JAGDA Poster Exhibition: JAPAN 2001.”

Works on Exhibition
The exhibition will introduce the three winners’ award-winning and recent works, mostly posters and small graphics.

Awards Ceremony
June 26 (Fri), 2015 at JAGDA’s regular annual general meeting (2015) to be held in Tokyo

Traveling Exhibition
Osaka (July); Shiga (September), Fukuoka (October); Niigata, Aichi and other venues 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 2015, 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 works of graphic design to readers worldwide. All JAGDA members are eligible to enter their works of the previous year into the competition to be selected for inclusion in this yearbook. (Publisher: Rikuyosha Co., Ltd. Price: 15,000 yen + tax)

Previous JAGDA New Designer Awards Exhibitions can be accessed here.


Japan Graphic Designers Association Inc. (JAGDA)

Taiyo Printing Co., Ltd., NISSHO Co., Ltd., Heiwa Paper Co., Ltd.

Publicity Printing Paper
airus (Tokushu Tokai Paper Co., Ltd.)