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The TAKEO Prize, established as one of the projects to mark TAKEO’s centennial, is intended to encourage and honor those working to develop and provide deeper insight into the visual communication field.
Beginning in 2002, the First Stage TAKEO Prize project solicited candidates for a Design History Paper division (1st-5th) and a Design Criticism division (4th, 5th). Entrants submitted a large number of high quality academic papers and stimulating examples of criticism.
From the 6th TAKEO Prize in 2008, the Second Stage project instituted two divisions-Design Publications, Design Criticism-selecting and awarding the TAKEO Prize for those two areas.

Works that have won the TAKEO Prize can be seen at MIHONCHO HONTEN.
* The positions/affiliations of judges and awardees given below are those that were current at the time of the award.

Second Stage:
10th (2014)
9th (2012)
8th (2010)
7th (2009)
6th (2008)
First Stage:
5th (2006)
4th (2005)
3rd (2004)
2nd (2003)
1st (2002)

10th TAKEO Prize (2014)

Judges
  • Design Publications: Mitsuo Katsui (Chair of judging panel/graphic designer), Hiroshi Kashiwagi (design critic), Nozomu Hayashi (writer/bibliographer), Tetsuya Ota (graphic designer)
  • Design Criticism: Takemi Kuresawa (art critic)

Winners

Design Publications

Top Award
“The Information: A History, A Theory, A Flood”
Author: James Gleick/Translator: Koichi Nirei/Design: Isao Mitobe/
Publisher: Shinchosha Judges’
Judges’ Special Award
“Juzo Takaoka-My Study of Letterpress Typography”
Author: Juzo Takaoka/Publisher: Uyu Shorin
T Award
“Ukanmuri no Kodomo”
Author: Atsuhiro Yoshida/Binding, illustrations: craft ebbing & co. (Hiromi Yoshida/Atsuhiro Yoshida) Publisher: Shinchosha

Design Criticism

Top Award
“The National Stadium and 100 Years of Japanese Sport”
Author: Takeo Goto/Publisher: Minerva Shobo
Exhibition
10th TAKEO Prize

9th TAKEO Prize (2012)

Judges
  • Design Publications: Mitsuo Katsui (Chair of judging panel/graphic designer), Hiroshi Kashiwagi (design critic), Nozomu Hayashi (writer/bibliographer), Tetsuya Ota (graphic designer)
  • Design Criticism: Yuko Hashimoto (Curator of Design, Utsunomiya Museum of Art)

Winners

Design Publications

Top Award
“Shoei de Tadoru Kansai no Shuppan 100: Meiji, Taisho, Showa no Chinpon Kisho”
Author, editor, jacket: Tetsuo Hayashi/Publisher: Sogensha
Judges’ Award
“Hosiimo-gakko”
Editorial planning, art direction: Taku Satoh/Design: Natsuko Fukuhara/Editing: Hoshiimogakko LLP/Taku Satoh Design Office/Publisher: Hosiimo-gakko LLP

Design Criticism

Top Award
issue+design project
* Publication related to overall project
“Chiiki wo Kaeru Dezain: Komyuniti ga Genki ni naru 30 no aidea”
Author: issue+design project/Editorial supervision: Yusuke Kakei/Publisher:Eiji Press
Exhibition
9th TAKEO Prize

8th TAKEO Prize (2010)

Judges
  • Design Publications: Mitsuo Katsui (Chair of judging panel/graphic designer), Hiroshi Kashiwagi (design critic), Nozomu Hayashi (writer/bibliographer), Tetsuya Ota (graphic designer)
  • Design Criticism: Eiko Ikui (Rikkyo University professor)

Winners

Design Publications

Top Award
“The Science of Design: Constellations of Ideas”
Author: Shutaro Mukai/Design: Takaaki Bando/Publisher: Musashino Art University Press
Judges’ Award
“Less and More” (exhibition catalog)
Direction: Keiko Ueki/Design: Shimada Design/Publisher: Suntory Museum Tempozan
Judges’ Special Award
“Idea”
Editor-in-chief: Kiyonori Muroga/Publisher: Seibundo Shinkosha
For producing a satisfying amount of content covering a single topic completely in a single issue with the special feature format adopted from Issue No.300 in 2002.

Design Criticism

Top Award
“Katsuji insatsu no bunkashi: Kirishitan-ban kokatsuji-ban kara shin jōyō kanjihyō made” (Bensei Publishing)
Editorial planning, editing: Hiroshi Komiyama, Mitsuo Fukawa
For arguing for a better approach to visual communication by gathering together papers that pioneered print culture to show the outstanding level they achieve.

7th TAKEO Prize (2009)

Judges
  • Design Publications: Mitsuo Katsui (Chair of judging panel/graphic designer), Hiroshi Kashiwagi (design critic), Nozomu Hayashi (writer/bibliographer), Tetsuya Ota (graphic designer)
  • Design Criticism: Hiroshi Kashiwagi (design critic)

Winners

Design Publications

Top Award
Not awarded.
Runner-up Award
“Niikuni Seiichi works 1952-1977”
Author: Seiichi Niikuni/Organization: Hitoshi Kanazawa/Design: Nobuhiro Yamaguchi + Toshiharu Sakuma + Akari Ono/Publisher: Shichosha
“Voyage into Substance: Art, Science, Nature, and the Illustrated Travel Account, 1760-1840”
Author: Barbara M. Stafford/Translator: Hiroshi Takayama/Design: Tsutomu Toda/Publisher: Sangyo Tosho
Judges’ Special Award
Kohei Sugiura
For working over the past 40 years to build awareness of design throughout Asia, and also for his contribution to publishing and expanding the reach of Asian design.

Design Criticism

Top Award
Takashi Kashima “Dezain wo Kataru kotowa Fukano nanoka” (in “Moji no Dezain Shotai no Fushigi”)

6th TAKEO Prize (2008)

Judges
  • Design Publications: Mitsuo Katsui (Chair of judging panel/graphic designer), Hiroshi Kashiwagi (design critic), Nozomu Hayashi (writer/bibliographer), Tetsuya Ota (graphic designer)
  • Design Criticism: Kazukiyo Matsuba (architecture critic)

Winners

Design Publications

Top Award
“Cheko Avangyarudo: Bukku Dezain ni Miru Bungei Undo Shoshi”
Author: Yoshiaki Nishino/Design: Kiyoshi Asai + Yoshiaki Nishino/Publisher: Heibonsha
Judges’ Special Award
Ginza Graphic Gallery
For publishing “ggg Books” over the past 20 years, and also for efforts and achievements in publishing related design books

Design Criticism

Top Award
Yasuhiko Uchihara “Web Photography Neighborhood” (carried by Dejikame-Watch website)

5th TAKEO Prize (2006)

Judges
Hiroshi Kashiwagi (Chair of judging panel/design critic), Eiko Ikui (professor, Kyoritsu Women’s University Faculty of International Studies), Kazukiyo Matsuba (architecture critic), Shunya Yoshimi (professor, University of Tokyo Graduate School of Interdisciplinary Information Studies)

Winners

Design History Paper

Top Award
“Ayao Yamana's Female Image: Focusing on the Shiseido Co., Ltd. Era”
Manami Uematsu (University of Tsukuba)
Hon mention
“Kami/Shijo no Uchu, aruiwa Iwan Leonidofu no Kakumei to Kenchiku”
Akiko Honda (University of Tokyo Graduate School)
“Miru Kiteiryoku no Dokkai: Washi Gensetsu nikansuru Rekishiteki Kosatsu”
Mujumdar Ashutosh Prakash (Chiba University Graduate School)

Design Criticism

Top Award
“WEB ha Naze Kami ni Naritagarunoka: Kokoku niokeru Kami Baitai no Kanosei”
Takahiro Hosoda (copywriter, Hakuhodo inc.)
Hon mention
“Sotei no Shigoto”
Sari Izumi (Shichosha)
“Fureru toiu Koto”
Daisuke Awata (Graduate School of Fine Arts, Tokyo University of the Arts)
Encouragement
“Kami wo Matou”
Nahoko Kimura (Graduate School of Fine Arts, Tokyo University of the Arts)
“Kami no Kioku: Purodakuto Dezain ni Miru, Forumu toshite no Kami”
Mirei Takahashi (designer)

4th TAKEO Prize (2005)

Judges
Hiroshi Kashiwagi (Chair of judging panel/design critic), Eiko Ikui (professor, Kyoritsu Women’s University Faculty of International Studies), Michiko Shimamori (“Kokoku Hihyo” editor-in-chief), Kazukiyo Matsuba (architecture critic), Shunya Yoshimi (professor, University of Tokyo Graduate School of Interdisciplinary Information Studies)

Winners

Design History Paper

Top Award
“Kanji Dezain no Keitairon: Jikeiron Saiteigi no Ichishiko”
Takuya Abe (University of Tokyo Graduate School)
Encouragement
“Bijutsu Kyoiku niokeru Tesukigami no Kenkyu: Chugoku niokeru Tesukigami Seisaku to Dentoteki Tesukigami Kensho wo Toshite”
Yang Wenwei (Tokyo Gakugei University Graduate School)
“Meijiki no Kokuku Hyogen ni Mirareru Kyarakuta no Senkuteki Sonzai”
Ryo Kimura (Namco Bandai Holdings Inc. )

Design Criticism

Encouragement
“Wabun to Obun no Kumiawase niyoru Eikyoryoku: Nihonjin no Shiten niyotte Sogosayo wo Motarasu Shokitaikei”
Reiko Tanihara (London College of Printing graduate)

3rd TAKEO Prize (2004)

Judges
Hiroshi Kashiwagi (Chair of judging panel/design critic), Eiko Ikui (professor, Kyoritsu Women’s University Faculty of International Studies), Michiko Shimamori (“Kokoku Hihyo” editor-in-chief), Kazukiyo Matsuba (architecture critic), Shunya Yoshimi (professor, University of Tokyo Institute of Socio-Information and Communication Studies)

Winners

Design History Paper

Top Award
“Kami Media no Shokika: 1903 nen kara 1928 nen nikakete no Doitsu niokeru Yoshi Fomatto Toitsuka Purojekuto wo Megutte”
Hisayasu Ihara (assistant professor, Kyushu University Graduate School of Design)
Hon mention
“Kinkarakawashi to Sumai no Teikokushugi: Igirisu niokeru Nihon Shumi no Juyo to Kyokyu”
Yasuko Suga (assistant professor, Tsuda College)
“Paperback Black Bear series: Dikku Buruna no Gurafikku Dezain”
Miki Imai (lecturer, Kyoto University of Art and Design)
“Roje Marukusu: 19 Seikimatsu Furansu niokeru Posuta Aiko Gensho to Hihyo”
Noriko Yoshida (instructor, Chuo University Faculty of Policy Studies)

2nd TAKEO Prize (2003)

Judges
Hiroshi Kashiwagi (Chair of judging panel/design critic), Eiko Ikui (professor, Kyoritsu Women’s University Faculty of International Studies), Michiko Shimamori (“Kokoku Hihyo” editor-in-chief), Kazukiyo Matsuba (architecture critic), Shunya Yoshimi (professor, University of Tokyo Institute of Socio-Information and Communication Studies)

Winners

Design History Paper

Top Award
Taipogurafi Shiron: Kocho-tai nitsuite”
Yasuyuki Okusada (Ikko Tanana Design Studio/ Ikko Tanaka Archives)
Hon mention
“Nikkan Shashin Shimbun Asahi Gurafu no Chosen to Zasetsu: Gurafu Zasshi to Gurafu Henshu no Genzo”
Tsutomu Soeno (doctoral student, University of Tokyo Graduate School)
“Okoshie-zu: Nihon no Dento Kenchiku niokeru Kenchikuzu no Hensen”
Ryoji Satsuma (Shimizu Corporation Design Center)
“Dezain no Hyoso toshite no Shotai Sanjunenshi”
Michiyoshi Oikawa (representative, Oikawa masaki Design Office/instructor, Mejiro University Faculty of Studies on Contemporary Society, Department of Media Presentation)

1st TAKEO Prize (2002)

Judges
Hiroshi Kashiwagi (Chair of judging panel/design critic), Eiko Ikui (assistant professor, Kyoritsu Women’s University Faculty of International Studies), Michiko Shimamori(“Kokoku Hihyo” editor-in-chief),
Kazukiyo Matsuba (architecture critic), Shunya Yoshimi (professor, University of Tokyo Institute of Socio-Information and Communication Studies)

Winners

Design History Paper

Top Award
“Senjichu no Posuta ni Miru Kaicho Hyogen nitsuite”
Yoshito Nakano (instructor, Kyoto Institute of Technology Department of Architecture and Design)
Hon mention
“Chinkonkateki Sakkaron: Shitekini Kuriyagawa Ken-ichi ”
Wataru Kijima (graphic designer)
“Kindai Nihon niokeru Posuta no Juyo: Meiji, Taisho-ki no Posuta-ten wo Chushin to shite”
Natsuko Tajima (lecturer, Jissen Women's Educational Institute)
“Tradition and Avant-garde in the 20th-century Typography: Symmetry and Asymmetry in the Printing Theory of Jan Tschichold”
Masayuki Yamamoto (assistant professor, Hyogo University of Teacher Education)