Famous Graphic Designers from Japan

List of notable or famous graphic designers from Japan, with bios and photos, including the top graphic designers born in Japan and even some popular graphic designers who immigrated to Japan. If you're trying to find out the names of famous Japanese graphic designers then this list is the perfect resource for you. These graphic designers are among the most prominent in their field, and information about each well-known graphic designer from Japan is included when available.

Eiko Ishioka and Shigeo Fukuda are only the beginning of the people on this list.

This historic graphic designers from Japan list can help answer the questions "Who are some Japanese graphic designers of note?" and "Who are the most famous graphic designers from Japan?" These prominent graphic designers of Japan may or may not be currently alive, but what they all have in common is that they're all respected Japanese graphic designers.

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  • Chikabo Kumada
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    Chikabo Kumada is a highly-regarded botanical artist, book illustrator, and author who may be to Japan and insects what James Audubon was to North America and birds. Kumada is often identified as a pioneer in the field of botanical art in Japan but he may be better known for the vibrantly-painted insects in the series of books titled "Kumada Chikabo’s World". Born in 1911, the artist was just entering adolescence when the “Great Kanto Earthquake” virtually destroyed his hometown of Yokohama and the city of Tokyo on September 1, 1923. In all, approximately 140,000 lost their lives to the earthquake and the resulting fires. Kumada began his career in the 1930s as a graphic designer. A ...more
    • Age: Dec. at 98 (1911-2009)
    • Birthplace: Yokohama, Japan
  • Ed Tsuwaki
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    Ed Tsuwaki is a painter, illustrator, graphic designer and fashion/product designer.
    • Age: 56
    • Birthplace: Saeki-ku, Hiroshima, Japan
  • Eiko Ishioka
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    Eiko Ishioka (石岡 瑛子, Ishioka Eiko, July 12, 1938 – January 21, 2012) was a Japanese art director, costume designer, and graphic designer known for her work in stage, screen, advertising, and print media.Noted for her advertising campaigns for the Japanese boutique chain Parco, her collaboration with sportswear company Descente in designing uniforms and outerwear for members of the Swiss, Canadian, Japanese, and Spanish teams at the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City and was the director of costume design for the opening ceremony of the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. She won the Academy Award for Best Costume Design for her work in Francis Ford Coppola's 1992 film Bram Stoker's Dracula ...more
    • Age: Dec. at 73 (1938-2012)
    • Birthplace: East Asia, Tokyo, Asia, Japan
  • Katsumi Komagata
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    Katsumi Komagata is a Japanese graphic designer.
    • Age: 70
  • Keiichi Tanaami
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    Keiichi Tanaami (田名網 敬一, Tanaami Keiichi, born in 1936 in Tokyo) is one of the leading pop artists of postwar Japan, and has been active as multi-genre artist since the 1960s as a graphic designer, illustrator, video artist and fine artist.
    • Age: 87
    • Birthplace: Tokyo, Japan
  • Kiyoshi Awazu was a graphic designer, film art director and production designer.
    • Age: Dec. at 80 (1929-2009)
    • Birthplace: Japan, Meguro