Dr. Yusaku Kamekura
Yusaku Kamekura was born in Niigata Prefecture, Japan in 1915. He was a pioneer of graphic design in Japan, and founded the Japan Design Center in 1960. He served as President of Japan Graphic Designers Association (JAGDA) from 1978 to 1993. As the brain, editor and publisher of 'Creation,' a magazine focusing on international graphic design, art and illustration, he promoted the highest achievements in contemporary graphic art and its representative artists worldwide.

Among the major awards Yusaku received are: the Purple Ribbon Medal and the Order of the Sacred Treasure from the Japanese government; Gold and Silver Awards, Art Award, and a Special Award at the International Poster Biennale in Warsaw; Silver and Bronze Awards at the Biennale of Graphic Design, Brno; Grand Prize at the Lahti Poster Biennial; and the New York Art Directors Club Hall of Fame Award. Yusaku designed posters for the Tokyo Olympics, Expo '70 in Osaka, Japan. In 1984, he was awarded Doctor Honoris Causa from the Academy of Fine Arts, Warsaw.

Yusaku died on 11 May 1997 at the age of 82.
Dr. Yusaku Kamekura
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