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JAGDA New Designer Awards Exhibition 2017

Taichi Tamaki, Haruka Misawa, Yoshihiro Yagi

  • DATES : Tue. May 30 - Thu. June 29, 2017
  • 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 public 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 104 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 2017, after a rigorous selection process evaluating 145 eligible candidates, the 35th JAGDA New Designer Awards were presented to Taichi Tamaki, Haruka Misawa and Yoshihiro Yagi. This exhibition will introduce their winning and recent works, with a focus on their posters and small graphics.

Taichi Tamaki
1. “NEW ANGLE, NEW WORLD”: posters, image video and graphic tools for fine arts university (client: Nihon University College of Art)
2. “Segment” Wool Stone: poster for textile artist’s solo exhibition (client: Tomohiro Shibuki)
3 “DARS” chocolate poster (client: Morinaga & Co., Ltd.)

Haruka Misawa
1. “UENO PLANET”: branding for zoo (client: Ueno Zoological Gardens)
2. VI, graphic tools and posters for exhibition center (client: Tokyo Big Sight)
3. “waterscape”: solo exhibition works, layout, posters and catalog (org: Link Lion)

Yoshihiro Yagi
1. “Life is electric”: advertising campaign for electronics manufacturer (client: Panasonic)
2. “I’m going to Tohoku”: campaign posters and newspaper ads for railway company (client: East Japan Railway Co.)
3. “Pure Design”: advertising awards exhibition poster and promotional video (client: Yoshida Hideo Memorial Foundation / Advertising Museum Tokyo)

Taichi Tamaki

Born in Kanagawa Prefecture in 1984. Graduated from Nihon University’s College of Art in 2006, where he majored in Communication Design. Upon graduating, he joined Dentsu.

Haruka Misawa

Born in Gunma Prefecture in 1982. Graduated from the Interior Design Course of Musashino Art University in 2005. After working at the design office nendo, in 2009 she joined the Hara Design Institute at Nippon Design Center. Since July 2014 she conducts her artistic activities as the Misawa Design Institute.

Yoshihiro Yagi

Born in Kyoto in 1977. Graduated from Kyoto University of Art and Design in 2001, where he concentrated in Information Design. That year, he joined Dentsu. His awards received to date include Tokyo ADC Awards (2009, 2013, 2014), Keizo Saji Prize, ONE SHOW Design Grand Prize, Cannes Lions Design Grand Prix, D&AD Yellow Pencil, and New York ADC Gold Prize.

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

Awards Ceremony
June 23 (Fri), 2017 at JAGDA’s regular annual general meeting (2017) to be held in Tokyo

Traveling Exhibition
Osaka (July); also Aichi, Shizuoka, Shiga, Kumamoto and Niigata

Publication Featuring the Award-winning Works
The award-winning works will be featured in the opening pages of Graphic Design in Japan 2017, 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: JPY 16,200)

Previous JAGDA New Designer Awards Exhibitions can be accessed here.


Japan Graphic Designers Association Inc. (JAGDA)