Exhibition information

The 382nd Ginza Graphic Gallery Exhibition Tokyo Type Directors Club Exhibition 2021

April 01, 2021 - May 29, 2021

designed by Jianping He
designed by Jianping He
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An exhibition showcasing the fruits of the Tokyo TDC Annual Awards 2021, an international graphic design award focused on the visual representation of written language through type design and typography.
 The exhibition will present 122 pieces of the world’s most cutting-edge graphics.
 
The Tokyo TDC Exhibition is held annually in April. While last year’s exhibition was unavoidably postponed to summer, this year the exhibition returns to April and will be held for two months. Despite fears that it would not be possible due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the competition has attracted as many as 3,750 entries (1,947 by Japanese entrants and 1,803 by overseas entrants) from 35 countries—exceeding the numbers in other years. As a showcase of the fruits of this competition, the exhibition will display around 122 of the prizewinning and nominated works.
 
This press release introduces the 12 prizewinning pieces in the form of comments from the prizewinners.
Each of the pieces has its own appeal—such as the vast amounts of time and energy poured into a design—and the diversity of the stories behind the creation of each of the 12 winning pieces is truly astounding. There are also designs that were born amid the unique social conditions of 2020. As in previous years, this year’s pieces provide a rich source for discussion.

Venue

ginza graphic gallery (ggg)                                             
DNP Ginza Building 1st floor
7-2, Ginza 7-chome, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 104-0061
Tel. 03-3571-5206
Opening hours: 11:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m.
Closed on Sundays and holidays
Admission free.

Award ceremony

An online awards ceremony connecting Tokyo, London, Paris, Näfels, Guangzhou and Beijing will be held in the evening of April 2 (Fri.), 2021.
A report of the ceremony will be provided as part of the YouTube broadcast of the design forum TDC DAY the following day (April 3 [Sat.]).

Design Forum TDC DAY 2021

The 12 groups of prizewinners will share their thoughts, focusing on their prizewinning pieces, in intensive 20-minute slots.
The TDC DAY event was held as an extensive forum spanning half a day with the prizewinners at the venue, aimed at “creating a place to encounter diversity that transcends everyday interest.”
Even with the forum to be presented as a YouTube broadcast this year, that aim remains unchanged, and the forum will be broadcast all at once as one program of around five hours, from Saturday evening to late night.
 
Date and time: April 3 (Sat.), 2021; 6:00 pm– (tentative)
                      YouTube broadcast (in Japanese and English)
         Further details will be published on the Tokyo TDC website on March 13 (Sat.). 
         www.tokyotypedirectorsclub.org
Organized by: Tokyo Type Directors Club
Co-organized by: DNP Foundation for Cultural Promotion
For inquiries, contact: Tokyo Type Directors Club Office :  contact@tokyotypedirectorsclub.org


■Prize winners gives a presentation on their awarded works, followed by guests’ comments.
*The time table will be released on the homepage on March 27th.

Gento Matsumoto / Tomoko Yabumae (Art curator)
OK-RM (Oliver Knight and Rory McGrath) / Naomi Hirabayashi (Graphic Designer)
Jia Yang + Yichao Xu + Yin Qiu / Ryoko Nishizuka (Typeface Designer)
Mio Iizawa + Shunya Hagiwara + Yurie Hata / Yugo Nakamura(Interface Designer)
M/M(Paris)+ Jonathan Anderson / Yoshiko Ikoma(Fashion Journalist)
Dafi Kühne / Ryoji Tanaka (Web Designer)
Kei Kawabe / Kaoru Kasai (Art Director)
Tomohiro Okazaki / Mina Tabei (Graphic Designer)
Henrik Kubel / Akira Kobayashi (Type Director)
Liu Zhao + Zhan Huode + Weng Donghua / Katsumi Asaba (Art Director)
Atsuki Kikuchi / Kazuko Koike (Creative Director)
Kazunari Hattori / Noriaki Hayashi (Graphic Designer)