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The 51st SDA Award. Awarded works are published on the Japan Sign Design Association website.

Japan Sign Design Association Award (as known as SDA Award) was established in 1966 for the purpose of promoting and educating the public about the sign design through presentation of signature design works to the wide society. It continues to be the only award program for sign design in Japan.

Signs today is considered as an interface that connects urban space or corporate activities with consumers, or as information that is indispensable for revitalizing the environment and establishing communication, and their examples are seen with more diverse variations.

In regards to the varying concepts and methods, we have set 5 categories and 8 scopes and invite award application for signature design works with high quality, for assessment by new evaluation criteria. We strongly encourage you to participate in this program.

Annual schedule (plan)

Deadline for Application
Friday, May 19, 2017 24:00 JST
Primary selection (preliminary screening)
Wednesday, May 24, to Monday, May 29, 2017
Primary selection conference
Thursday, June 1, 2017. In Fukuoka city, Fukuoka
Secondary selection (Preliminary screening)
Monday, June 5, 2017 to Friday, June 16, 2017
Secondary selection conference
Friday, June 23, 2017. In Minato-ku, Tokyo
Award winning announcement
Late July
Award Ceremony
Friday, November 17, 2017 in Minato-ku, Tokyo
Publication in the Yearbook, Traveling exhibition
From December, 2017

Selection schedule

Primary selection

Primary selection on WEB(preliminary screening)
Wednesday, May 24, to Monday, May 29, 2017
Primary selection conference
Thursday, June 1, 2017 13:30 – 17:00
In Fukuoka city, Fukuoka

Secondary selection

Secondary selection on WEB(Preliminary screening)
Monday, June 5, 2017 to Friday, June 16, 2017
Secondary selection conference
Friday, June 23, 2017 13:00 – 17:30
in Minato-ku, Tokyo

Guide to the opening of the Jury

Preliminary application is required for both the primary and secondary selection conferences.
Please fill in the e-mail (sda@sign.or.jp) after clarifying the following necessary matter.

  • Name of application representative
  • Company name, Department name
  • Contact phone number (mobile number recommended)
  • e-mail address
  • Number of people wishing to visit and names of visitors

Please enroll as soon as we will close as soon as it becomes quorum.
*Although the reception on the day can be accepted to the first screening meeting as well, there are cases where we will refuse when full, so please apply in advance as possible.

Please observe the following notes when you visit.

  • Please sit down at designated auditorium space at the examination venue.
  • Please refrain from eating, drinking and smoking in the visitor space.
  • Access to the outside of the visitor’s space is strictly prohibited.
  • In and out of visitor space is free within the judging time。
  • We should not disclose or disclose the information we learned at the Board to third parties.
  • In addition, unless the examination results are published from this examination board, that is not the limit.

Jury

The Primary Jury

Jury President
Japan Sign Design Association President
SDA Jury: Juries selected by the election of SDA members (In alphabetical order, titles omitted)
Masaaki Hiromura: Art Director
Kei Miyazaki: Creative Director
Toshimitsu Sadamura:Designer
Katsuhiro Shimazu: Creative Director
Makoto Takeuchi: Director, Architect
Taro Watanabe: Art Director
Kozo Yamada: Design Director
Regional jury
Director (Representative Secretary) of SDA from each region and one SDA Award Selection Committee member from each region, nominated by regional representative secretary.

Secondary Jury

Jury President
Japan Sign Design Association President
Commissioned Jury (Tentative)
Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, Commerce and Information Policy Bureau, Creative Industries Division, Design Policy Office
Astrid Klein: Klein Dytham architecture
Yugo Nakamura: tha ltd.
SDA Jury: The same members selected for primary jury

Awards

Japan SDA Grand Prize – Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Award (Provisional): 1 winner (Certificate and crystal trophy)
Japan SDA Award for Best Design: 1 winner from Each Category (including subcategories) (Certificate and crystal trophy)
Japan SDA Award for Outstanding Design: 1 winner from Each Category (including subcategories) (Certificate and crystal trophy)
Japan SDA Incentive Award: 1 winner from Each Category (including subcategories) (Certificate)
SDA Special Jury Award: 2 winners (Certificate and crystal trophy)
SDA Award Finalists: Selected as necessary for each category (Certificate)
SDA Contribution Award – Chairman of Japan Institute of Design Promotion Award: maximum 2 winners (Certificate)

Publication in the Yearbook

The works of the winners and the finalists will be included in the “Annual of Spatial Design in Japan 2018” on Display, Sign and Commercial Environment (Domestic and International edition).
Winners are expected to submit high-resolution photographs required for publication in the Yearbook.
The Yearbook is to be edited by SDA, The Japan Design Space Association (DSA), Japan Commercial Environmental Design Association (JCD), Rikuyosha Inc. and the Publication Committee of Kukan Design Organization, and published by Rikuyosha Inc.
The Yearbook is scheduled for publication in December 2017.

Sponsor

Support (tentative)

Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry
Japan Institute of Design Promotion
The Japan Chamber of Commerce and Industry
Nikkei Inc.
Federation of Japan Out-door Advertising Associations
Japan Design Space AssociationNippon Display Federation
Japan Commercial Environmental Design Association
Japan Sign Association
Japanese Technical Organization for Commarcial Spaces
Japan Promotional Marketing Institute Inc.Japan Advertising Federation
Japan Advertisers Association Inc.
Japan Graphic Designers Association Inc.
Japan Typograhy Association
(In no particular order)