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 are 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. We invite application for awards from signature design works with high quality. We strongly encourage you to participate in this program.
Eligibility for Application
Deadline for Application
Wednesday, June 30, 2021 24:00 JSTThe application period has been extended due to the Emergency Declaration regarding the spread of the SARS-CoV-2 infection.
Annual schedule (currently reorganizing)*The following is the initial schedule.
- Web-based screening
- Monday, June 5 to Sunday June 18, 2021
- Secondary Selection Meeting
- 13:00 pm to 17:30 pm Saturday, July 31, 2021
International Design Liaison Center
(Design Hub, Tokyo Midtown)
5th Floor, Tower, Tokyo Midtown 9-7-1 Akasaka, Minatoku, Tokyo
University of Toyama Executive Vice President
Editor in chief of Signs magazine
SDA Jury: Juries of selected SDA members (In no particular order, titles omitted)
Former GK Shanghai General Manager
Environmental Graphic Designer
Shimazu Environmental Graphics
Emotional Space Design Inc. President
Regional jury(Primary screening only)
Director (Representative Secretary) from each region (Hokkaido, Tohoku, Kanto, Chubu, Kansai, Chugoku, Shikoku, Kyushu, and Okinawa) and one SDA Award Selection Committee member from each region, nominated by regional representative secretary.
Secondary Selection Commissioned Jury (Tentative) (In no particular order, titles omitted)
Executive Design Director
Hashimoto Yukio Design Studio Inc.
OFFICE YUKO NAGAYAMA
Editor in chief of Discover Japan
AwardsJapan SDA Grand Prize – Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Award (Provisional): 1 winner (Certificate and trophy)
SDA Award Gold Prize: 4 winners (Certificate and trophy)
SDA Award Silver Prize: 15 winners (Certificate and trophy)
SDA Award Bronze Prize: 30 winners (Certificate)
SDA Award Finalists: 100 winners (Certificate)
SDA Award Jury Selection: 7 winners (Certificate and trophy)
SDA Contribution Award – Chairman of Japan Institute of Design Promotion Award: maximum 2 winners (Certificate)
Publication in the YearbookThe works of award winners and the finalists will be included in the “Annual of Spatial Design in Japan 2022” (Japan and International Edition)
The applicants are expected to submit at their responsibility the photographs and texts required for inclusion in the yearbook.
The Yearbook is to be edited by Japan Sign Design Association (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 2021.