TDC 2021 : ginza graphic gallery

An exhibition showcasing the fruits of the Tokyo TDC Annual Awards 2021, an international graphic design award focused on the visual representation of written language through type design and typography.

The Tokyo TDC Exhibition is held annually in April. While last year’s exhibition was unavoidably postponed to summer, this year the exhibition returns to April and will be held for two months. Despite fears that it would not be possible due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the competition has attracted as many as 3,750 entries (1,947 by Japanese entrants and 1,803 by overseas entrants) from 35 countries—exceeding the numbers in other years. As a showcase of the fruits of this competition, the exhibition will display around 122 of the prizewinning and nominated works.

This press release introduces the 12 prizewinning pieces in the form of comments from the prizewinners.
Each of the pieces has its own appeal—such as the vast amounts of time and energy poured into a design—and the diversity of the stories behind the creation of each of the 12 winning pieces is truly astounding. There are also designs that were born amid the unique social conditions of 2020. As in previous years, this year’s pieces provide a rich source for discussion.

*Poster design: Jianping He

ggg will be temporarily closed from April 27 (Tue) for the time being to prevent infection and spread of the new coronavirus (COVID-19) in response to the government’s Declaration of a State of Emergency.

Re-opening plans will be announced later on our website and Twitter. We apologize for any inconvenience and we appreciate your understanding and cooperation. (2021.4.26)


April 01, 2021 – May 29, 2021

ginza graphic gallery (ggg)
(Closed on Sundays and holidays)
Opening hours : 11:00am – 7:00pm
Free admission
Address : DNP Ginza Building 1st floor
7-2, Ginza 7-chome, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 104-0061
Tel : +81-3-3571-5206

<Design Forum TDC DAY 2021>

The 12 groups of prizewinners will share their thoughts, focusing on their prizewinning pieces, in intensive 20-minute slots.
The TDC DAY event was held as an extensive forum spanning half a day with the prizewinners at the venue, aimed at “creating a place to encounter diversity that transcends everyday interest.”
Even with the forum to be presented as a YouTube broadcast this year, that aim remains unchanged, and the forum will be broadcast all at once as one program of around four and a half hours, from Saturday evening to late night.


Date and time: April 3 (Sat.), 2021; 18:00– (tentative)
YouTube broadcast (in Japanese and English)
Further details will be published on the Tokyo TDC website on March 13 (Sat.).

<Award Ceremony>

An online awards ceremony connecting Tokyo, London, Paris, Näfels, Guangzhou and Beijing will be held in the evening of April 2 (Fri.), 2021.
A report of the ceremony will be provided the YouTube broadcast at a later date .

<Release of Exhibition’s VR contents​>

Please enjoy Tokyo Type Directors Club Exhibition 2021 exhibition space and works online.

<Prize Winning Works of Tokyo TDC Annual Awards 2021>
Award Comment + Biography