Designers

Katsumi ASABA

Born in 1940 in Kanagawa Prefecture. After studies at Kuwasawa Design School and work for Light Publicity, he founded the Katsumi Asaba Design Studio in 1975. Representative works include the direction of popular advertising campaigns for Suntory ("Yume Kaido"), Seibu Department Stores ("Oishii Seikatsu"), and Misawa Homes ("Misawa Design 2009 Bauhaus"); the logo of the Democratic Party of Japan; and the official poster for the 1998 Olympic Winter Games in Nagano. He has received many awards, including the Japan Academy Prize for Outstanding Achievement in Art Direction, the Yusaku Kamekura Design Award of the Japan Graphic Designers Association (JAGDA), and the Medal with Purple Ribbon from the Government of Japan. He is a committee member of the Tokyo Art Directors Club, chairman of the Tokyo Type Directors Club, president of JAGDA, and representative of Japan to the Alliance Graphique Internationale. He is a visiting professor at Tokyo Zokei University and Kyoto Seika University, and president of Kuwasawa Design School. He is a councilor of the Japan Table Tennis Association and is ranked at the sixth level in the sport. In the spring of 2013, he was awarded the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Rosette from the Government of Japan for his contributions to culture and the arts.

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Masayoshi NAKAJO

Born in Tokyo in 1933. After graduating from the Department of Design at the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music in 1956, he worked in the advertising department of Shiseido and for Deska, establishing his own Nakajo Design Office in 1961. Major work includes more than forty years of art direction and design for Shiseido's magazine Hanatsubaki and for The Ginza / Tactics Design; package design for Shiseido Parlor; logotype and signage planning for the Tokyo Ginza Shiseido Building; and corporate identity programs for Matsuya Ginza Department Store, Wacoal Spiral Building, Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, and Hosomi Museum. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Membership Grand Prize of the Tokyo Art Directors Club, the Members Gold Prize of the Tokyo Type Directors Club, the Yusaku Kamekura Design Award of the Japan Graphic Designers Association, the Mainichi Design Award, the Japan Advertising Awards Yamana Prize, and the Medal with Purple Ribbon and the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Rosette from the Government of Japan.

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Tsuguya INOUE

Born in 1947. Founded his own design office Beans in 1978. His work for industries ranging from advertising to music, publishing, and television has cut across genre boundaries with the innovative use of photography and typography. Creator of the logotype for the Nippon Professional Baseball Organization. He has published two collections of his work: Inoue Tsuguya Graphic Works 1981-2007 and Inoue Tsuguya Graphics: Talking the Dragon (Little More Books). He has been awarded the Tokyo Art Directors Club (ADC) Grand Prix, the Tokyo Type Directors Club (TDC) Grand Prix, and the Japan Advertising Awards Yamana Prize. He is a member of Tokyo ADC, Tokyo TDC, and the Japan Graphic Designers Association.

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Kazunari HATTORI

Born in Tokyo in 1964. Graduate from the Department of Design at the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music in 1988. After working at Light Publicity, he went freelance in 2001. Major work includes direction of advertising for Kewpie Half (low-cal mayonnaise); art direction for the magazines Mayonaka (Around Midnight), Ryuko tsushin (Fashion Bulletin), and here and there. He served as art director for the "365 Charming Everyday Things" project sponsored by the Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry, and designed the logo for the Mitsubishi Ichigokan Museum. He has been active in the field of book design, including a popular French-Japanese dictionary, photo collections, and literary works. He is a recipient of numerous awards, including the Mainichi Design Award, the Yusaku Kamekura Design Award of the Japan Graphic Designers Association, the Tokyo Type Directors Club Grand Prix, the Tokyo Art Directors Club Prize.

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Norio NAKAMURA

Born in 1967 in the city of Kawasaki in Kanagawa Prefecture. Graduate of the Nihon University College of Art. Active in the conception and design of digital content, children's books, advertising, video, toys, and others. Representative work includes graphic design for the art unit Maywa Denki and the PlayStation game "I.Q. Intelligent Qube" (marketed in Europe as "Kurushi"). A line of toys called Pontiki is sold in such outlets as the Museum of Modern Art in New York and Colette in Paris. He is the recipient of awards that include the Excellence Award in the Japan Media Arts Festival sponsored by the Agency for Cultural Affairs of Japan and a Silver Award from the New York Art Directors Club.

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