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Kashiwa Sato

SAMURAI Co., Ltd. Representative / Art Director, Creative Director

website : http://kashiwasato.com


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Mr. Sato founded SAMURAI after working at Hakuhodo. He is recognized for his talent of finding and communicating the core essence of subjects as a brand architect, as reflected in his design for symbols and signs at the National Art Center Tokyo, his work as creative director for brand strategies at Uniqlo and Rakuten Group, his branding projects for Seven Eleven Japan and Imabari Towel, and his guidance and overall direction for design at the Cup Noodle Museum.
His vision and creative abilities continue to evolve, as shown in his design of the NTT Docomo N702iD cell phone, his communication strategy for the Honda N series, and creative direction of the Fuji Kindergarten, winner of the OECD Exemplary Educational Facilities award.
Mr. Sato has won various awards recognizing his contributions to design, including the Tokyo ADC Grand Prix and Mainichi Design Award.
Visiting professor at Tama Art University, Sato is also author of Kashiwa Sato's Ultimate Method for Reaching the Essentials (more than 200,000 copies sold) and Reaching the Solution: Kashiwa Sato's Creative Thinking Techniques (both books published by Nikkei Publishing), as well as Shochan to Chikyukun (Poplar Publishing).

Yasuhiro Suzuki

Artist

website : http://www.mabataki.com


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Born in Shizuoka Prefecture in 1979, Suzuki graduated from Tokyo Zokei University in 2001. That same year, he was awarded the annual NHK Digital Stadium Digista Award for his work Perspective of the Globe Jungle (a video work incorporating a rotating globe), featured in NHK's Digital Stadium program. IN 2002, Suzuki won the Philip Morris Art Award for his inter-reflection (2001). He has exhibited Blinking Leaves (2003), Zipper Boat (2010), and other works, as well as participating in design exhibits such as SENSEWARE, directed by Kenya Hara. He is co-author of the book Digital Public Art in Haneda Airport (Bijutsu Shuppansha), as well as a book of collected works called Blinking and Flapping (Seigensha Art Publishing). Today, Suzuki serves as a full-time lecturer at the Musashino Art University Department of Scenography, Display, and Fashion Design, as well as visiting researcher at the Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology. Winner of the 2014 Mainichi Design Prize in 2015.

Kinya Tagawa

takram design engineering Representative / Design Engineer

website : http://www.takram.com


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A design engineer well-versed in a wide variety of media, including hardware, software, and interactive. His major projects include the user interface design for the Toyota Motor Corporation NS4, prototyping for the Japanese government RESAS system (Big Data Analysis and Visualization System for Japanese economics), and art direction for Mimicries on NHK’s Educational Channel. His tagtype Japanese character input device was selected for the permanent collection of the New York Museum of Modern Art. Mr. Tagawa graduated from the Department of Mechano-Informatics, University of Tokyo, after which he completed the Industrial Design Engineering course at the Royal College of Art (UK). He was previously with Leading Edge Visual Design, and he currently serves as a visiting professor at the Royal College of Art.

Ryosuke Uehara

KIGI Representative / Art Director, Creative Director

website : http://www.ki-gi.com


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Born in Hokkaido in 1972, in 2012, Ryosuke Uehara founded KIGI Co., Ltd. together with Yoshie Watanabe, with whom he had worked on numerous projects since their days at DRAFT. Involved in art direction for corporations, brands, and retail outlets, as well as product design (KIKOF, D-BROS, UMEBOSI, and others). In 2014, Uehara began working together with various artisans in the Lake Biwa area to launch KIKOF, a brand focused on ceramics, furniture, and textile products. Uehara won the 2015 Tokyo ADC Grand Prix for his work as a brand designer at KIKOF.
In addition to client work, Uehara expresses his more creative side through personal exhibits and galleries running across a breadth of genres, while at the same time continuing to pursue and develop new concepts in graphic design. Uehara opened OUR FAVOURITE SHOP in Shirokane, Tokyo in summer 2015 in a joint project with three companies (bluestract, KIGI, Marushi Seito). The shop serves as a presentation studio for creative works and outlet for original goods.
Winner of the Tokyo ADC Grand Prix, Members Award, and ADC Award. Winner of the Tokyo TDC Award, the JAGDA Award, the 11th Yusaku Kamekura Design Award, the One Show Design Gold Prize, and the NY ADC Gold Prize, among others.
Major exhibits include the KIGI Exhibit (Ginza Graphics Gallery, 2012), the Next/KIGI Exhibit (Hillside Forum, 2013), the "One-Off Design" Exhibit (PASS THE BATON GALLERY), the KIGI Exhibition in Fukuoka (2015, Mitsubishi-Jisho Artium and seven satellite event halls), and KIGI in Clematis no Oka (Clematis no Oka/Vangi Sculpture Garden Museum, 2016).
Published the KIGI_M collection of works in three volumes (irregularly published magazine) through Little more (2016).

Yoshie Watanabe

KIGI / Art Director, Designer

website : http://www.ki-gi.com


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Born in Yamaguchi in 1961, Watanabe founded KIGI Co., Ltd. together with Ryosuke Uehara in 2012. Watanabe brings her unique worldview to graphic design, textiles, and product design (D-BROS and others). Launched KIKOF and designs apparel for CACUMA. Opened OUR FAVOURITE SHOP (original products) in summer 2015. Winner of the NY ADC Gold Prize for BROOCH (picture book of original illustrations with story by Yayako Uchida). Winner of the One Show Design Gold Prize and other awards. Watanabe has sold more than 100,000 copies of her books, influencing the design and publishing markets in Japan and around the world.
Other published works (through publisher Little more) include JOURNEY (poems by Hiroshi Osada, jewelry by Etsuko Sonobe), UN DEUX (text by Naomi Takayama), KIGI (collected works), and KIGI_M (collected works).
Major exhibits include the KIGI Exhibit (Ginza Graphics Gallery, 2012), the Next/KIGI Exhibit (Hillside Forum, 2013), the "One-Off Design" Exhibit (PASS THE BATON GALLERY), the KIGI Exhibition in Fukuoka (2015, Mitsubishi-Jisho Artium), and KIGI in Clematis no Oka (Clematis no Oka/Vangi Sculpture Garden Museum, 2016).
Published the KIGI_M collection of works in three volumes (irregularly published magazine) through Little more (2016).

Akihiro Kuroda

KOKUYO Co., Ltd. Representative Director of the Board, Chairman


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Born in 1949, Akihiro Kuroda graduated from the Keio University Faculty of Economics in 1972, after which he joined KOKUYO Co., Ltd. After working in corporate sales for office furniture, materials procurement, human resources, and other positions, he was named KOKUYO director in 1977. Mr. Kuroda variously served as managing director, senior director, vice president, and president of KOKUYO, being named chairman in March 2015. Mr. Kuroda serves as president of the Japan Paper Manufacturing Industry Association and vice chair of the Japan Office Institutional Furniture Association, among other industry leadership roles.