"Shueitai 100," a special exhibition commemorating the 100th anniversary of the birth of DNP's original typeface "Shueitai," is held in March in cooperation with Morisawa Inc. at two venues, ddd and the 1st floor entrance of Morisawa's headquarters. "gggBooks World Graphic Design Series" is launched as an e-book in October.
The Arab Spring anti-government and democratization movements unfold in Arab countries. North Korean General Secretary Kim Jong-il passes away and is succeeded by Kim Jong-un. US forces kill al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden. The Great East Japan Earthquake strikes with its epicenter offshore the North-Eastern part of Japan known as Sanriku. The tsunami triggered by the earthquake causes extensive damage to the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant, resulting in the meltdown of Reactor #1. The Kyushu Shinkansen bullet train line opens. Yoshihiko Noda becomes the 95th Prime Minister of Japan in September.
Graphic Design's Events
After the earthquake disaster, designers start participating in more social contribution and social movements, such as "Post 3.11 - Kore Kara Dezain ni Dekiru Koto” (What Design Can Do from Now on) and "Yasashii Hankachi-ten” (Handkerchief for Tohoku Children Exhibition) organized by JAGDA. The exhibition "Sharpen your wit! Shigeo Fukuda Super-Retrospective" is held at the Mie Prefectural Art Museum, and later tours throughout Japan (through 2012). An exhibition facility specializing in design called de sign de opens in Nakanoshima, Osaka.
JAGDA New Designer Award
Daigo Daikoku（b.1979） Yui Takada（b.1980） Masashi Tentaku（b.1978）
ADC Grand Prix
Commercial Fim / “The Relay of Songs” / Suntory Holdings Ltd.
TDC Grand Prix
Sonya Dyakova Creamier. Contemporary Art in Culture.
International Telecommunication Union announces that there are over 5 billion cell phone subscriptions and 2 billion internet users worldwide. LINE begins offering its services. Social networking services are used in the Arab Spring and Occupy Wall Street demonstrations. Hulu launches its service for Japan. Analog broadcasting ends in Japan. Steve Jobs, one of the founders of Apple Inc., passes away.
Cool Biz and Warm Biz are in full swing, and demand for high-functional materials increases. Japan wins the Women's World Cup Soccer Championship for the first time. Shinsuke Shimada retires from show business.
Japanese Buzzword Award
Nadeshiko Japan (Japan Football Association)
Word of the Year
squeezed middle occupy（ADS）
Makgeolli (beverage), Dare to Demo Teigaku (flat-rate for calling anyone) (cell phone rate plan), Loxonin S (medicine)
Japanese music AKB48: "Flying Get" Shojo Jidai: "GENIE Kaoru to Tomoki, Tamani Mook: "Maru Maru Mori Mori!"
Western music Adele: "Rolling in the Deep" Foster The People: "Pumped Up Kicks" LMFAO feat. Lauren Bennett and GoonRock: "Party Rock Anthem"