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Company Name

Mitsuo Katsui

Company Type




Graphis Archives

Biography/Work Experience

(1931- ) After graduation from Tokyo University of Education, Mitsuo Katsui joined the graphic design firm Ajinomoto in 1956. Five years later he started his own firm. In addition to engaging in the full spectrum of graphic design, Mitsuo served as art director of the Japan World Exposition in Osaka (1970), International Ocean Exposition in Okinawa (1975), and International Exposition of Science and Technology in Tsukuba (1985). He also created the symbol for the International Garden and Greenery Exposition in Osaka (1990). Mitsuo is credited with pioneering new forms of visual expression enabled by new technologies. He is a Professor Emeritus at Musashino Art University and Director of Chameleon Project, a member of the Board of Directors of JAGDA and of Japan Display Association. He is also a member of Tokyo ADC and AGI. He has received numerous awards, including the Tokyo ADC Members Award, Mainichi Design Award, Kodansha Publishing Cultural Award, Katzumie Masaru Award, Minister of Education Art Incentive Award, Japanese Government Medal with Purple Ribbon, N.Y. ADC Gold Prize, Gold Prize at Lahti International Poster Biennial, Gold Prize at Brno Biennial of Book Design, Grand Prix at Poster Biennial of Mexico, and Gold Prize at Warsaw International Poster Biennial.