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JAGDA Designer Awards Exhibition 2014 – Visual Roundup

JAGDA – short for Japan Graphic Designer Association – is currently holding their annual Designer Awards Exhibition at G8 Gallery in Tokyo. We went for a visit.

The Japan Graphic Designers Association Inc. (JAGDA) was established in 1978 under strong leadership of the late Yusaku Kamekura, who built the foundation for the postwar graphic design in Japan with such masterpieces as posters for Tokyo Olympics. Today it is the only nationwide graphic design organization in Japan with approximately 2,900 members. Its broad activities include the publication of yearbooks, the hosting of exhibitions and symposia, design education, regional development, and the protection of members’ rights and welfare. – JAGDA

This years 32th iteration of the award exhibition consists of posters and small graphic works by the three winners of this years JAGDA Newcomer Award: Daijiro Ohara, Junya Kamada and Kentaro Harano. The Newcomer Award was set up in 1983 as a gateway to success for upcoming designers.

Daijiro Ohara

Born in Kanagawa Prefecture in 1978. Attended Musashino Art University in 2003 graduated from the Department of Science of Design. He founded Omomma the same year.
In addition to engaging in video production and design work, exhibitions, workshops and performance, he creates a large number of projects that explore new perception of words and letters. He also won a 2014 TDC (Tokyo Type Directors Club) award for HaKU “everything but the love”  a music video.

jagda designer awards exhibition 2014 - daijiro ohara

“Riding on Words” – Typographic skateboard carvings.

jagda designer awards exhibition 2014 - daijiro ohara

TypogRAPy – Typographic concert poster for a rap band.

jagda designer awards exhibition 2014 - daijiro ohara

TypogRAPy – illustration

jagda designer awards exhibition 2014 - daijiro ohara

Chalkboard as base for freestyle typographic explorations.

jagda designer awards exhibition 2014 - daijiro ohara

Chalkboard as base for freestyle typographic explorations.


HaKU “everything but the love”

jagda designer awards exhibition 2014 - daijiro ohara

Still images from the award-winning and purely Japanese typography based music video HaKU “everything but the love”.


jagda designer awards exhibition 2014 - daijiro ohara

Cover for a book on “Showa” era (1926–1989) record sleeve design.

jagda designer awards exhibition 2014 - daijiro ohara

A music guide book

jagda designer awards exhibition 2014 - daijiro ohara

“Rap” & “Record” – Kotobadge – laser-cut wooden badges of Japanese lettering.

jagda designer awards exhibition 2014 - daijiro ohara

“Photo” & “Image” – Kotobadge – laser-cut wooden badges of Japanese lettering.


Junya Kamada

Born in Hokkaido in 1976. Hokkaido Tokai University (now Tokai University) graduate. Hokkaido College of Art and Design graduate. Became freelance graphic designer and art director from 2012.
Some of his main awards: JAGDA Award 2011, Japan Package Design Award Gold, Silver, Bronze, Japan Typography Award best work and China International Poster Biennale Bronze.

jagda designer awards exhibition 2014 - junya kamada

Kinotoya – Branding for a pâtisserie.

jagda designer awards exhibition 2014 - junya kamada

Kinotoya – Branding for a pâtisserie.

jagda designer awards exhibition 2014 - junya kamada

Packaging for an apple farm.

jagda designer awards exhibition 2014 - junya kamada

Branding for tomato juice packaging.

jagda designer awards exhibition 2014 - junya kamada

Packaging design for farm produced meat sauce.

jagda designer awards exhibition 2014 - junya kamada

Farm pamphlet

jagda designer awards exhibition 2014 - junya kamada

”Dschinghis Khan” – Pamphlet for a Japanese Yakiniku BBQ restaurant

jagda designer awards exhibition 2014 - junya kamada

”Dschinghis Khan” – Pamphlet for a Japanese Yakiniku BBQ restaurant

jagda designer awards exhibition 2014 - junya kamada

“Birth Project” – Animal Calendar

jagda designer awards exhibition 2014 - junya kamada

“Birth Project” – Animal Calendar

jagda designer awards exhibition 2014 - junya kamada

Design package for a Tofu shop. The clusters of Tofu shapes are actually coasters for pots.

jagda designer awards exhibition 2014 - junya kamada

Design for a Japanese agricultural union.

jagda designer awards exhibition 2014 - junya kamada

Bookshelf Design: NI-HON-GO – meaning Nihongo (“Japanese” in Japanese language). “Hon” also means book.

jagda designer awards exhibition 2014 - junya kamada

“One Day One Hand” – Alphabet badges

jagda designer awards exhibition 2014 - junya kamada

Underground “walking-walking-walking etc” passage

jagda designer awards exhibition 2014 - junya kamada

Branding for a copy writer Maruchino Yuko – It`s made up of the Japanese letter “Ma” (マ) from her sirname. If you look closely you can see the pointy top of a pencil.

jagda designer awards exhibition 2014 - junya kamada

Branding for a photographer

jagda designer awards exhibition 2014 - junya kamada

JAGDA exhibition poster

jagda designer awards exhibition 2014 - junya kamada

Tokyo Midtown – Design Hub Exhibition Poster


Kentaro Harano

Yamaguchi  born in 1983. 2006 Tama Art University Department of Graphic Design graduate, the same year he joined Hakuhodo Inc (Japan`s second largest advertising agency, after Dentsu Inc).

jagda designer awards exhibition 2014 - kentaro harano

SWIM

jagda designer awards exhibition 2014 - kentaro harano

SWIM

jagda designer awards exhibition 2014 - kentaro harano

To Be – Love Koto

jagda designer awards exhibition 2014 - kentaro harano

To Be – Love Koto (client)

jagda designer awards exhibition 2014 - kentaro harano

Shanti – Born to sing (Columbia Records)

jagda designer awards exhibition 2014 - kentaro harano

Shanti – Born to sing (Columbia Records)

jagda designer awards exhibition 2014 - kentaro harano

“Mount Woman” – Winter Wrapping Material

jagda designer awards exhibition 2014 - kentaro harano

Shutter Graffiti (client: Love Koto)

jagda designer awards exhibition 2014 - kentaro harano

Creatively stapeled memo pads

jagda designer awards exhibition 2014 - kentaro harano

Poster for a company trading with stuffed animals.

jagda designer awards exhibition 2014 - kentaro harano

Poster for a company trading with stuffed animals.


The exhibition is still running until 24th June 2014.

Venue Website:
http://rcc.recruit.co.jp/g8/index.html (Japanese)

Entrance:
Free

Venue Hours:
From 11:00 To 19:00
Closed on Sundays, Holidays

Address:
Recruit GINZA 8 Bldg. 1F, 8-4-17 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 104-0061
Phone: 03-3575-6918 Fax: 03-3575-7077

Access:
3 minutes walk from Shinbashi Station, 7 minutes walk from Ginza Station, 7 minutes walk from JR Yurakucho Station

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Founder & designer at Tokyo based Bento Graphics Inc. Specialities are corporate identity design, interface design, user experience design and website/mobile development with responsive design.

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