JAGDA Awards 2018: selection process and exhibitions

Awarded Works
Poster “Life ” by Kazumasa Nagai
General Graphics “Perspective Desk Note” by Ken Okamuro
CI “Takamatsu Art Museum” by Kenya Hara
Book Design “Wanobi” by Atsuki Kikuchi
Package Design “On the Road / She Came to Stay ” by Ryuhei Nakadai
Newspaper Advertising “dansko” by Yoko Inoue
Ambient Design & Spatial Graphics “Mt Ex” by Koji Iyama
Interactive Design “Boxx” by Kentaro Oshimi
Video “Anima of Onomatopoeia” by Tomohiro Okazaki
Integrated Design “‘Design Anatomy’ Exhibition” by Taku Satoh

Publication: “Graphic Design in Japan 2018” (June 2018)
Award Ceremony: JAGDA General Assembly 2018 on 29 June 2018 in Niigata
Exhibition:Wednesday 20 June to Tuesday 31 July 2018 at Tokyo Midtown Design Hub

Selection Process of JAGDA Awards 2018
The“JAGDA Awards (initially known as the JAGDA Category Awards) were inaugurated in 2008 in line with JAGDA’s conviction that selecting and recording the outstanding graphic design works of the year is one of its most important activities. This year, a JAGDA Award was bestowed on one particularly outstanding work in each category from among the entries featured in this yearbook.

In most categories, the 10 works garnering the highest number of votes in the initial round of voting were nominated for a JAGDA Award. The following categories were exceptions: Posters, 20 nominations (owing to the large number of entries); General Graphics, 15; CI, VI, Symbols, Logotypes & Typefaces, 15; and Interactive Design and Videos, 5 nominations each (due to the small number of entries).

Voting was carried out separately for each category, with each of the 27 members of the Selection Committee in attendance (10 members in the case of the Interactive Design and Videos categories) allowed to cast up to 3 votes per category (with the option of casting fewer than 3). During the voting process, the names of the designers were concealed, and judges who themselves had an entry among nominated works were excluded from voting within the particular category. Ultimately, the 3 works in each category garnering the largest number of votes were designated as finalists.

The final round of voting was then conducted using printed voting sheets, with each judge required to cast 1 vote per category. Again, the designers’ names were concealed, and when a judge’s own work was included among the finalists in a given category, he did not participate in the voting. In the end, the works attracting the largest number of votes in each category were designated the winners of this year’s JAGDA Awards.