• ddd Gallery closes in August for relocation. The gallery relocates to Ohata, Kyoto on October 9, and becomes the Kyoto ddd Gallery. "THE NIPPON POSTERS" exhibition of works from the DNP Graphic Design Archive collection is held as the opening commemorative exhibition.

  • World Events

    Russian military units invade and annex the Crimean Peninsula, a Ukrainian territory. The Sochi Winter Olympics is held. The Japanese government approves a cabinet decision to change the interpretation of the Constitution to allow the exercise of the right of collective self-defense. The consumption tax is raised to 8%. The STAP cell paper is found to have been fabricated and falsified.

  • Graphic Design's Events

    The Japan Typography Association and Sun-Ad celebrate their 50th anniversaries. The magazine “Idea" changes from a bimonthly to a quarterly publication. The “Hikaru Gurafikku” (Glowing Graphics) exhibition organized by Ryoji Tanaka at g8 and the “Chimu Rabo Odoru! Ato Ten and Manabu! Miraino Yuenchi” (Future Amusement Park for Learning Team Lab Dancing! Art Exhibition) at the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation demonstrate the possibilities of evolving digital expression. "I'm not sure," an attempt to describe graphic design in the Kansai region by Yuma Harada, Satoshi Kondo, and Akiko Masunaga, is held at Grand Front Osaka. Kaoru Kasai wins the 16th Yusaku Kamekura Design Award. Mizumaru Anzai (b. 1942) passes away.

  • JAGDA New Designer Award

    Ohara Daijiro(b.1978) Junya Kamada(b.1976) Kentaro Harano(b.1983)

  • ADC Grand Prix

    Podter, Space Design / “HIROSHIMA APPEALS 2013” / Hiroshima Prace Creation Fund, Hiroshima International Cultural Foundation, Japan Graphic Desginers Association Inc. Hiroshima, Recruit Holdings Co., Ltd.

  • TDC Grand Prix

    Brighten the Corners: Billy Kiosoglou & Frank Philippin Symphony for a Beloved Sun

  • Media

    TV program “Waratte Iitomo” (It’s okay to laugh) ends. PlayStation 4 goes on sale. The game and anime "Yokai Watch" and the movie "Anna and the Snow Queen" become big hits. Smart News, Antenna, and other "curation sites" that collect and summarize information on the internet appear.

  • Culture

    Abeno Harukas is completed. Obstacles to women in dual-income households, such as “matahara” (maternity harassment) and “kajihara” (housework harassment) draw attention. The appearance of low-cost smartphones with low monthly fees leads to an increase in the number of people switching from flip phones to smartphones. The FIFA World Cup is held in Brazil.

  • Japanese Buzzword Award

    “Dameyo, dame dame” (No, no, no!) (Comedy duo Nippon Erekiteru Rengo) Shudan-teki Jieiken (right to collective self-defense) (award winner declines)

  • Word of the Year

    vape #blacklivesmatter(ADS)

  • Hit Items

    Jeru boru senzai (gel ball detergent), Ban Ase Burokku Roru-on (Sweat Block Roll-On), Iyemon Tokucha (beverage)

  • Pop Music

    Japanese music Dream5: “Yokai Taiso Daiichi" (Youkai Gymnastics Part 1) Takako Matsu: "Let It Go" (Ari no Mama de) Motohiro Hata: "Himawari no Yakusoku" (Sunflower Promise)

    Western music Pharrell Williams: “Happy" John Legend: "All of Me" Sam Smith: "Stay With Me" Ariana Grande feat. Iggy Azalea: "Problem"

Exhibitions in 2014