Top Creators from NDG
NDG has produced many exceptional graduates since its establishment. Here are just a few of the top creators from NDG who are active in a variety of arenas.
HUSMA/cyocun Tadashi Koiwahara
Graduated Visual Design Course in March 2006 / Attended Nagano Prefectural Hotaka Commercial High School
Born in January 1986, from Nagano Prefecture. Grew up as child without any particular artistic talent or knowledge of design. Learns the enjoyment of designing through creating homepages while helping out in the family business supermarket. Enrolled in NDG with a strong desire to learn more. Spent days stimulated by classmates, visuals and graphics, and even while being scolded for missing classes, enjoyed creating favorite things. After graduation, planned to become a web designer but became enamored with the fun of programming and became an engineer. While creating various websites, also participates in a wide range of activities such as travelling in and outside of Japan as an artist for the Magical Art Museum exhibitions, and holding the UNFRAME Exhibition each year with colleagues.
Ear Hack Shooter
By pulling the trigger of a shooter with a directional speaker embedded inside, it emits various environmental sounds such as mosquito buzzing sounds or mobile phone ringtones which in turn creates a fake illusion for the viewer in the line of the muzzle.
2017 UNFRAME exhibition works
©︎ tadashi KOIWAHARA & masanori MIYAMOTO
Hold Hands Tree
Created under the theme of "LOVE," an illumination tree that glows when people hold hands. Appearing like a regular tree at first glance, the illumination of the tree changes depending on the strength of the grasp which is detected by the special gloves with built-in sensors.
2016 UNFRAME exhibition works
©︎ tadashi KOIWAHARA @ shiiho FURUKAWA
KIRIN 365 FLOWERS by Tanrei Green Label
A definitive edition of a birth flower dictionary that expresses birth flowers with animation for 365 days as a promotion measure for the Tanrei Green Label that delivers a pleasantly refreshing and delicious taste. Flowers dance happily with Mr. Paul Cox's illustration.
©Kirin Brewery Company, Limited
TITLE DESIGNER VFX ARTIST
TITLE-AYA Ayano Otsuki
Graduated Visual Design Course (formerly: Multi-Media Design Course) in March 2001 / Attended Saitama Municipal Omiya Kita High School
Born in 1981, from Saitama Prefecture. Became interested in movie CG in high school and enrolled in NDG to study visuals. After graduating, joined Malin Post-Production as a title designer. Became an independent freelancer in 2005 and has since been involved in designing main titles, captions, credit rolls for movies and TV, and VFX productions. Major works include "Attack on Titan" (2015), "Shin Godzilla (Godzilla Resurgence)" (2016), "Hirugao: Love Affairs in the Afternoon" (2017), "Peach Girl" (2017), etc.
©2017 Motion Picture "Ajin" Production Committee
"Let's Go Jets"
©2017 Motion Picture "Let's Go Jets" Production Committee
"Your Lie in April"
©2016 Fuji Television/Kodansha/Toho
©2017 Motion Picture "My Teacher!" Production Committee
ZNEM Co., Ltd. Atsushi Koido
Graduated Graphic Design Course in March 2011 / Attended Kanagawa Prefectural Sakae High School (formerly: Kanagawa Prefectural Konandai High School), Tokai University
After graduating from the Graphic Design Course, worked at an advertisement production company, and then, joined ZNEM Co., Ltd., as a graphic designer mainly focused on space design. At the same time, has also been freelancing and has worked on the key visual for the "2015 NHK Trophy", spatial graphics for "Shaun the Sheep Family Farm", and the logo of "Thomas Land" at Fuji-Q Highland.
THROUGH Tsuyoshi Otsu
Graduated Evening Graphic Design Course in March 2004 / Attended Gifu Prefectural Ogaki-Kita High School / Aichi University, Faculty of Economics
Currently living in Gifu Prefecture as an art director/designer. After gaining experience as a web designer at production companies in Tokyo and Nagoya, became independent and founded THROUGH in Gifu Prefecture in 2010. Aims to enhance brands by creating a consistent brand design such as logo, business cards and pamphlets based on the company website, through carefully listening to and discussing the needs and goals with the clients. Was selected in the "NIPPON 47 2015 GRAPHIC DESIGN" (d 47 MUSEUM). Featured in "Nihongo Logo 2," "Design Note No. 64," "Typography 08."
STONE Toshinori Baba
Graduated Graphic Design Course in March 2010 / Attended Saitama Prefectural Fukaya High School
After graduating from the Graphic Design Course, participates in the launch of the original Tee shirt brand ARTON with a "communication" theme. Until 2014, was involved in the services within the brand, interior decoration and products, and all designs and directions. Joining STONE in March 2015, has been involved in the production of many advertisements and package designs. Currently remains in the search of a wide, deep and creative design.
Graduated Graphic Design Course
Established Mitsuo Shindo & Associates in 2011. Has produced many CD jacket designs for artists such as Yumi Matsutoya, Pizzicato Five, Mr. Children, MISIA, Kyohei Tsutsumi and AKB48, etc. Recent works include the brand logo designing of KEITA MARUYAMA, ad design of "LAPLUME" (Samantha Thavasa), TV-CF "Ryuichi Sakamoto Version" for Aoyama Trading Co., Ltd., TV-CF for "XSOL," poster for the "Smart Life Project" for The Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare, etc. Active in a wide range of areas, including visual works such as movies, MVs, CMs, etc., stage direction, direction of store displays, etc. Also involved in many social work initiatives.
Central67 Yutaka Kimura
Graduated Graphic Design Course in March 1988
After graduating from the Graphic Design Course, became independent after working in the Design Department, CBS Sony. Founded Central67 in Shimokitazawa in 1995. In charge of art direction and promotion video production of numerous artists such as Spitz, Ringo Sheena, Kaela Kimura, Superfly, Fishmans and Akai Ko-en. Winner of the Grand Prize at the 2015 Music Jacket Awards, and Secondary Prize at the 2016 awards.
CREATIVE DIRECTOR / DESIGNER
Creative Team decoboco Shinya Yamada
Graduated Graphic Design Course in March 2011
From Hyogo prefecture. Creative director/designer. Worked as a designer at a web production company while still in school. After graduation, works as the art director at BS Asahi, TV Asahi involved in the production of program advertisements and websites. Became independent in 2014 as the representative of "Creative Team decoboco" where he had been active from earlier on. Focused on website production, also creates various designs such as pamphlets, posters, business cards and logo marks.
Standard Corp. Kouta Ujihara
Graduated Interior Design Course in March 2000 / Attended Tokyo Metropolitan Chitose High School
After graduating from the Interior Design Course, joined an office interior design office specializing in foreign companies. By being involved in the designing the offices of foreign companies, becomes influenced by the high level of the blueprints, interior design, presentations and the construction, and this experience becomes the basis of his perspective of work. Currently works at Standard Corp., which operates restaurants and other facilities, and handles store designs which had been his goal as a student. Also places importance in making adjustments in compliance to the Building Standards Act and the Fire Service Act that are requirements for designs and store productions.
Space Design Office BAKUDAN Fugai Chou
Graduated Interior Design Course in March 2012 / Attended Aletheia University (Taiwan), Department of Applied Japanese
After graduating from the Interior Design Course in 2012, joined the Space Design Office BAKUDAN. Main works so far include "ONE PIECE Mugiwara Store," "ONE PIECE Grand Arena Tour," "Masami Kurumada Museum," "PreCure Pretty Store," and others. Also involved in exhibition booths including the "TOKYO MOTOR SHOW Honda Motor Company Booth." Dreaming of the day that his designs will become world famous, continues to study everyday.
Graduated Graphic Design Course in March 2006
After working for an advertisement design company, became a freelancer. Regularly holds solo exhibitions, presenting works such as "PORTER," "CAROL," and "Hidamari Asobi (Playing in the Sun)." Participates in solo exhibitions at Shinjuku FEWMANY twice a year, Shibuya Loft POPBOX and Design Festa among others. Mainly works on illustration productions of mobile contents and designs for the Marui EPOS Card. Her concept is "one story for each character." To express the characters' world perspective, she produces picture books and holds solo exhibitions.
Graduated Graphic Design Course in March 2005
Creator of the monster designs of "Monster Strike." In charge of the production and supervision of the illustrations of the monsters appearing in the anime and app. After graduation, joins the Nagoya studio of Game Republic Inc. As the designer, was involved in the development of consumer games such as character model production. Participated in the production of "Monster Strike" as a designer before its release, and worked on creating characters such as Arthur and Izanami. Currently belongs to XFLAG PICTURES. Art Director and Monster Designer for "Monster Strike THE MOVIE."
Graduated Graphic Design Course in March 2006 / Attended Saitama Prefectural Asaka-Nishi High School
After graduating from the Graphic Design Course, has gained popularity being in charge of illustrations magazine "SS" (Asuka Shinsha), and their issues of "Creating monochrome with fine-liner pens and tone-pens," "Character Course," "39th Cover Illustration," etc. Illustrates a colorful, unique view of the world mainly using watercolors. Also active in a wide range of fields other than illustration productions, such as participating in group exhibitions, publishing creative illustration books, and the production and sales of goods.
Graduated Manga Course in March 2012
Mainly focusing on the production of illustrations for online card-game apps, also handles cover illustrations such as "Hana no Otome no Ginban Renbu" (author: Amane Yoshida), "Shikirei no Mori Gusha no Yakusoku" (author: Kazuki Ichida), and "Hisshu SAI Master" (author: Oblagon).
"Tenkuu no Legion" illustration
©Kabe Don Kareshi〜KABE KARE〜
"Do S Joushi to Shucchou hen/caerux"
TEAS Studio (author)/Published by Hobby Japan Co., Ltd.
"Moeru! Sacred Weapons Encyclopedia"
©Amane Yoshida, Sena Tenryoji/Kodansha
"Hana no Otome no Ginban Renbu"
X Bunko White Heart (Kodansha)
Author: Amane Yoshida/Illustrations: Sena Tenryoji
©Kazuki Ichida, Sena Tenryoji/Kodansha
"Shikirei no Mori Gusha no Yakusoku"
X Bunko White Heart (Kodansha)
Author: Kazuki Ichida/Illustrations: Sena Tenryoji
©oblagon ©SB Creative Corp.
"Hisshu SAI Master"
Oblagon Co., Ltd. (author)
Published by SB Creative Corp.
Cover Illustration/Sena Tenryoji
Graduated Manga Course in March 2006 / Completed Manga Special Course, Manga Artist Development Major in 2007 / Attended Saitama Prefectural Kumagaya Commercial High School
Made a debut with "Lion Heart" which won the 56th Ribon Newcomer Manga Award Honorable Mention Prize. Ran a serial "Zekkyō Gakkyū (Screaming Lessons)" in Monthly Ribon (Shueisha) and released a complete set of 20 volumes. In 2013, "Zekkyō Gakkyū (Screaming Lessons)" was turned into a live-action film and in 2014, was awarded the 59th Shogakukan Manga Award (Children's Manga Category). Currently, runs a serial "Zekkyō Gakkyū: Tensei (Screaming Lessons: The Sequel)" in Monthly Ribon and has published 6 volumes. Other comics include "Ushiro no Hikaruko-chan," complete set of 2 volumes.
Ribon July Edition (Shueisha)
"Screaming Lessons: The Sequel" Vol. 1-6
RIBON MASCOT COMICS
"Screaming Lessons Vol. 17" Paperback books (Shueisha) Winner of the 59th Shogakukan Manga Award (Children's Manga Category)! The Shogakukan Manga Award is intended for works that have been published in magazines, books and newspapers in the past year, and is awarded to new or serialized works. Categories are separated into children's, sho-nen (boys), sho-jo (girls), and general, and the best work in each are presented the Shogakukan Manga Award. The award was established in 1955 and past winners include renowned manga artists such as Osamu Tezuka, Fujio Fujiko, and Shotaro Ishinomori.
"Ushiro no Hikaruko-chan Vol. 1-2"
Graduated Manga Course, Design Research Department in March 2002
In June 2006, won the honorable mention award in the 58th Shogakukan Newcomer Comic Grand Prize Awards with "Yumecha!." From February 2010, ran a short-term serial "Buchikamashi!" in Bessatsu KoroKoro Special (Shogakukan). Started the running of the serial "Usotsuki! Gokuo-kun: A small lie is useful in some cases" from August 2011 in Bessatsu KoroKoro Special (Shogakukan), later to run in "Monthly KoroKoro Comic" (Shogakukan), and currently 14 comic volumes are on sale. Won the 61st Shogakukan Manga Award (Children's Manga Category) with "Usotsuki! Gokuo-kun: A small lie is useful in some cases."
Graduated Evening Manga Course in March 2007 / Attended Saitama Prefectural Kuki Hokuyo High School
Winning second place in the Young Jump MANGA Grand Prix, debuts with "Delivery Cinderella." Starts to run a serial "Delivery Cinderella" in Weekly Young Jump (Shueisha) from January 2010, and has released 11 comic volumes. Later, started running the serial "Hare-Kon." in Weekly Young Magazine (Kodansha) with 15 comic volumes currently on sale.