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Eventbrite - Design Matters! – Innovative Minds from Japan


DESIGN MATTERS! - Innovative Minds from Japan
KAKEHASHI Project – The Bridge for Tomorrow


Tuesday, April 29, 2014 from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm
Refreshments will be served following Q&A with designers

Theater at New Museum
235 Bowery, New York, NY 10002


Five emerging Japanese designers from various fields - web design, product design, and architectural design - will share their design philosophies and approaches to how design can cope with societal challenges and provide innovative solutions for society.

The participating designers, including those who won prestigious the Good Design Award and have gained an international acclaim, aim to achieve Japan’s social innovation through a wide variety of designs, such as community design for disaster-stricken areas and smartphone application development.

The event is free and open to the public, but pre-registration is required. Please click here or the register button on this page.



Eisuke Tachikawa / www.nosigner.com /

Mr. Eisuke Tachikawa, who has a master of architecture from Keio University’s Department of Science and Technology, is the founder of NOSIGNER, a design firm aimed at “social design innovation", which he established while still in school in 2006. Specializing in a multi-disciplinary approach that traverses two-dimensional, three-dimensional, and spatial design, NOSIGNERs conceptual planning, innovative product development and branding has been recognized through global awards like Design for Asia Award, NY ADC Young Guns 7, PENTAWARDS PLATINUM, Good Design Awards, and many others. His activities extend beyond commercial work to encompass science and technology, education, local industries, and support for developing nations. Tachikawa is also the founder of “OLIVE PROJECT,” an initiative to provide meaningful design during times of disaster. Also he is an IMPACT JAPAN fellow and a guest professor of University of Saint Joseph (Macau).


Yuri Naruse / http://www.narukuma.com /

Ms. Yuri Naruse was born in Aichi Prefecture in 1979. She completed her doctorate course work at the graduate school of Tokyo University in 2007, and she co-founded Naruse Inokuma Architects. She became a special-appointed assistant professor of the graduate school of Tokyo University in 2009 and assistant professor in 2010. Naruse’s main works include “FabCafe Tokyo,” “THE SCAPE(R),” “LT Josai,” and “Kashiwa-no-ha Open Innovation Lab (KOIL).” She is also co-author of the following books: “Designing the Concept of Sharing” (Share o Design suru, Gakugei-shuppansha), “Soft-Thinking Architecture” (Yawarakai Kenchiku no Hasso, Filmart), and “Creative Community Design – Being a part of it, making it, and involving others” (Creative Community Design – Kakawari, Tsukuri, Makikomou”(Filmart).


Takako Kansai / http://zaim.net /

Ms. Takako Kansai is the president of Zaim Inc. After graduating from the Faculty of Environment and Information Studies of Keio University in 2001, Kansai joined Nikkei Business Publications, Inc. as a reporter. She ventured into the Web business at 25 years old and seriously began development at 29. While in charge of planning and developing tools for Web access, she also handled many individual development services. In 2012, Kansai released the online personal finance application “Zaim,” which she had developed in her free time. Since its release, Zaim has consistently ranked among the top applications in the free finance category, and in 2013 attracted over a million users. Zaim supports in 30 different currencies and be downloaded from 131 countries around the world. The application has also received many awards, including the grand prize at the Award on Rails and WISH 2011, and Best 100 of the Good Design Award.


Tadahiko Sakamaki / http://www.tadahiko-sakamaki.com /

Mr. Tadahiko Sakamaki was born in 1978 in Aichi Prefecture, and now resides in Tokyo. In 2004 he graduated from the design division of Chiba University Graduate School of Science and Technology, and joined KORG as a product designer. Sakamaki was transferred to the product planning division in 2005, where he is now in charge of planning novel products. The major products designed by Sakamaki are: Arp Odyssey reissue, littleBits x KORG Synth Kit, DS-DAC series, volca series, MS-20 mini, monotron series, kaossilator series, nano series, microKORG XL


Ayana Tsukahara / http://bracket.co.jp /

Ms. Ayana Tsukahara graduated from the Faculty of Intercultural Studies at Gakushuin Women’s University and joined Intelligence Ltd. as a new university graduate. In 2004 she changed jobs and moved to CyberAgent, Inc., working there for six years. After freelancing for a time, she joined Bracket, Inc. in 2012. Tsukahara is now the director of Bracket, where she is involved in almost all projects, such as planning and developing services and managing operations, planning and proposing new ideas to partners, and managing teams within the company.




The Japan Foundation

The Japan Foundation is Japan's public institution dedicated to sharing Japanese culture and language with people throughout the world. By presenting diverse aspects of Japanese culture, we create platforms of communication and understanding between the peoples of the world and Japan.


This program is part of the "KAKEHASHI Project – The Bridge for Tomorrow –" within the Youth Exchange Program with North America promoted by Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan (MOFA).
The Japan Foundation KAKEHASHI website: http://www.jpf.go.jp/e/intel/youth/index.html


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