• ddd starts exhibitions in collaboration with universities to deepen ties with educational and research institutions in Kyoto and to convey the attractiveness of graphic design to the younger generation. The first exhibition "How Will You Go, and Where? Travel is Wonderful" is held in collaboration with the Kyoto Institute of Technology's Art Manager Training Course.

  • World Events

    The Paris Agreement enters into force. The UK decides to leave the EU. A government centering one the National League for Democracy is established in Myanmar. The Rio Olympics and Paralympics are held. Japan's total population declines for the first time since surveys began. The My Number system begins. Partial revision of the Public Offices Election Act lowers the voting age to 18. With the full liberalization of the electric power retailing business, customers are able to choose the company that sells them electricit . The Kumamoto earthquake occurs. A murder occurs at a facility for the disabled in Sagamihara.

  • Graphic Design's Events

    The new emblem for the Tokyo Olympics, based on a checkerboard pattern created by Asao Tokoro, is selected as a result of a re-advertised competition. "Mobile Talk 2016 #1 OSAKA," a talk series that goes around Asia with Asian creators as speakers, is held at FLAG Studio in Osaka, with Na Kim as guest speaker. Ken Miki receives the 18th Yusaku Kamekura Design Award. Koichi Sato (b. 1944) and Tadato Nadamoto (b. 1926) pass away.

  • JAGDA New Designer Award

    Yuri Uenishi(b.1987) Eriko Kawakami(b.1982) Masashi Murakami(b.1982)

  • ADC Grand Prix

    Poster, Commercial Film “Calorie Mate Show them what you've got” / Otsuka Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd.

  • TDC Grand Prix

    Henrik Kubel + Scott Williams The New York Times Magazine Custom Fonts

  • Media

    People enjoying the game "Pokemon Go" fill the streets. The movies “Kimi no Na wa” (Your Name), “Kono Sekai no Katasumi ni” (In this Corner of the World), and "Shin Godzilla" become blockbusters. The music streaming service Spotify launches in Japan. Instagram adds a story function to enhance video posting. The manga "KochiKame: Tokyo Beat Cops” comes to an end. Tver, a free streaming portal by five commercial broadcasters, begins service.

  • Culture

    Pico Taro's "PPAP" becomes a worldwide sensation after spreading on social networks. “Koi Dansu” (Love Dance) becomes popular, triggered by a TV drama, with men and women of all ages dancing to it. Reselling tickets for popular artists' concerts at high prices becomes a problem. SMAP disbands.

  • Japanese Buzzword Award

    Kamitteru (as if possessed with godlike abilities) (Hiroshima Toyo Carp manager Koichi Ogata / Hiroshima Toyo Carp outfielder Seiya Suzuki)

  • Word of the Year

    POST-TRUTH dumpster fire(ADS)

  • Hit Items

    IQOS (electronic cigarette), Lenor Honkaku Shoshu (Authentic Deodorant), cushion foundation

  • Pop Music

    Japanese music RADWIMPS: "Zen Zen Zense" (Past Past Past Life) Hoshino Gen: “Koi” (Love) Suchmos: "STAY TUNE"

    Western music Justin Bieber: "Sorry" The Chainsmokers feat. Halsey: "Closer"

Exhibitions in 2016