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).