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 57th Japan Sign Design Award Application InformationPlease be sure to download and read the Application Information.
Deadline for Application
Wednesday, May 31, 2023 24:00 JST
Annual schedule (currently reorganizing)*The following is the initial schedule.
Eligibility for Application
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)
Number of the Grand Prize, Gold Prize, Silver Prize, Bronze Prize and selected entries will be determined by the final judging panel.
President, Takeuchi Design Inc.
President, Japan Sign Design Association
SDA Jury: Juries of selected SDA members (In alphabetical order, titles omitted)
Representative, Emotional Space Design Inc.
Vice President, Japan Sign Design Association
Representative, Tsukikage Design Consulting
Vice President, Japan Sign Design Association
Director and Vice President, University of Toyama
Executive Director, Japan Sign Design Association
President, Hiromura Design Office
Representative Director, KMD Inc.
Regional jury(Primary screening only)
Secondary Selection Commissioned Jury (Tentative) (In no particular order, titles omitted)
Partner and Chairman of Kontrapunkt Japan
Representative of NOSIGNER
Evolutional Creativity Inventor
Representative Director, Tezuka Architects
Editorial board member, Nikkei Design
- Web-based screening
- Monday, June 5, 2023 to Tuesday, June 13
- Secondary Selection Meeting
- June 19, 2023
Online Screening Session
- Final Review Session
- July 1, 2022
Scheduled to be held in Tokyo
SocialityEvaluation of the social significance and the effect of the project, such as the harmony with surrounding landscape or environment, and sustainability.
InformativenessEvaluation of the work if it properly conveys the originator’s intention and provides appropriate communication.
InnovativenessEvaluation of the work whether there is an unprecedented approach in the idea, the construction or the process.
AestheticsEvaluation of the beauty in the form, the material selection and the expression.
Application FeeApplication 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 YearbookThe yearbook, “Annual of Spatial Design in Japan 2024 – Display, Sign and Commercial Environment” containing the works of award winners and the finalists will be published in December 2023 (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 (scheduled)
The Japan Chamber of Commerce and Industry
Federation of Japan Out-door Advertising Associations
Japan Design Space Association
Japan Commercial Environmental Design Association
Japan Sign Association
Japanese Technical Organization for Commercial Spaces
Japan Promotional Marketing Institute Inc.
Japan Advertisers Association Inc.
Japan Graphic Design Association Inc.
Japan Typography Association
Japan Industrial Design Association
(In no particular order)