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The 56th SDA Award.

Japan Sign Design Award (as known as SDA Award) sponsored by Japan Sign Design Association (SDA) 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 and it continues to be the only award program for sign design in Japan.
Sign Design is the creative act of arranging and shaping “information to be conveyed to people” in order to make the increasingly complex environment around us more comprehensible and attractive. Sign design is positioned as information that is indispensable for communication, and its design is expanding in a diverse range of ways. SDA’s mission is to evaluate high quality sign design through the selection of the Japan Sign Design Award, to share the value and role of sign design with as many people as possible, and to contribute to social activities. We look forward to your active participation.

The 56th Japan Sign Design Award Application Information

Please be sure to download and read the Application Information.

Deadline for Application

Tuesday, May 31, 2022 24:00 JST

Annual schedule (currently reorganizing)

*The following is the initial schedule.
Application Period
Friday, April 1, 2022 to Tuesday, May 31 closes at 24:00 JST
Primary selection
Monday, June 6, 2022 to Wednesday, June 15
Secondary selection
Saturday, July 2, 2022 Scheduled to be held in Tokyo
Award Announcement
Mid September 2022
Award Ceremony
Early December 2022
Publication in the Yearbook and Panel Exhibition Tour
Starting December 2022

Eligibility for Application

Signs completed in the year from May 1, 2021 to April 30, 2022.


Japan 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)


Jury President
Makoto Takeuchi
SDA President
Takeuchi Design
SDA Jury: Juries of selected SDA members
Taro Watanabe
Emotional Space Design Inc. President
Ryozo Takeyama
University of Toyama Executive Vice President
Editor in chief of Signs magazine
Yasuo Yokota
Graphic Designer
Shimazu Katsuhiro
Environmental Graphic Designer
Shimazu Environmental Graphics
Maya Nakamuta
MED 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.

Screening Dates

Primary Selection

Web-based screening
Monday, June 6, 2022 to Wednesday, June 15

Secondary Selection

Secondary Selection Meeting
13:00 pm to 17:30 pm Saturday, July 2, 2022
Scheduled to be held in Tokyo

Selection Criteria


Evaluation of the social significance and the effect of the project, such as the harmony with surrounding landscape or environment, and sustainability.


Evaluation of the work if it properly conveys the originator’s intention and provides appropriate communication.


Evaluation of the work whether there is an unprecedented approach in the idea, the construction or the process.


Evaluation of the beauty in the form, the material selection and the expression.

Application Fee

Application fee is ¥8,000 for each entry. The application fee includes the examination fee for design concept and one image data. If you wish to submit more than one image data, additional examination fee of ¥1,500 is required for each additional image. If you wish to submit video data, an additional examination fee of ¥15,000 is required for each entry.

Publication in the Yearbook

The yearbook, “Annual of Spatial Design in Japan 2023 – Display, Sign and Commercial Environment” containing the works of award winners and the finalists will be published in December 2022 (scheduled) . The yearbook will be edited by Rikuyosha Inc. and the Yearbook Publication Committee formed by the members of the Kukan Design Organization, namely Japan Sign Design Association (SDA), The Japan Design Space Association (DSA) and Japan Commercial Environmental Design Association (JCD), and published by Rikuyosha Inc.


Supporting Organizations

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 Association
Nippon Display Federation
Japan Commercial Environmental Design Association
Japan Sign Association
Japanese Technical Organization for Commercial Spaces
Japan Promotional Marketing Institute Inc.
Japan Advertising Federation
Japan Advertisers Association Inc.
Japan Graphic Design Association Inc.
Japan Typography Association
(In no particular order)