Tokyo Midtown Design Hub 60th Exhibition
JAGDA Student Grand Prix 2016

The JAGDA Student Grand Prix is a poster design competition held by the Japan Graphic Designers Association Inc. (JAGDA) for students who are at high-school level or above. The competition was newly established in 2015 with the goal of discovering and producing outstanding new talent in the field of graphic design in Japan. Seven of JAGDA’s member designers active on the front lines in the industry undertook the selection.

In the first year the competition called for works dealing with the theme of “Japan,” and 758 works were submitted from 645 participants nationwide. An exhibition showcasing the selected and awarded works was held at Tokyo Midtown Design Hub and also toured Kyoto.

This year, the competition’s second year, the theme is “social networking services (SNS).” Half of all Japanese people now use SNS, and the scale of these services only continues to grow. Generationally, SNS usage rates are higher among younger people, and SNS are also being described as modern communication infrastructure. In the JAGDA Student Grand Prix 2016, students consider SNS from various standpoints and angles, and express those views on posters.

The exhibition presents a total of 111 pieces selected and awarded from over 800 submitted works. By all means enjoy the exhibited works not only on the basis of their expressive techniques, but in combination with their individuality of interpretation, creativity and other elements also.

Tokyo Midtown Design Hub 60th Exhibition: JAGDA Student Grand Prix 2016

[Exhibition Outline]
Venue: Tokyo Midtown Design Hub
Dates: Friday 26 August – Sunday 11 September 2016
Open daily 11am–7pm, Admission Free
Organized by Tokyo Midtown Design Hub
Produced by Japan Graphic Designers Association Inc. (JAGDA)

[Award Ceremony & Deinks Reception]
Date and Time: Friday, 9 September, 6:30pm–8pm

[Competition Outline]
Eligibility: students of high schools, colleges, universities and graduate schools in Japan as of 2016 (students graduating in March 2016 included)
Submission: B1 posters (1,030mm×728mm, vertical only)
Theme: SNS
Submission period: Friday, 1 April – Wednesday, 25 May, 2016
Juries: Kenya Hara (chair), Katsunori Aoki, Daijiro Ohara, Shogo Kishino, Yui Takada, Kazuhisa Nakajima, Yumiyo Miyata
Entries: 74 schools / 698 students / 810 works (983 pieces including series)
Visit JAGDA website for further details (Japanese only)