2016 DNP Foundation for Cultural Promotion Research Grants for Academic Studies Relating to Graphic Design and Graphic Art, Selected Research Topics

Screening Process and Results

@Launched in 2014, the DNP Foundation for Cultural Promotion research grants program in its third year attracted a total of 46 applications.This number demonstrates that research scholars are steadily becoming aware of the programfs existence—a development that pleases us greatly.
@As in previous years, the grant winners for 2016 were decided in a two-part screening process: the first part consisting of evaluation of the application documents, and the second part a final evaluation session attended by the complete judging panel. After lengthy discussions of the merits of the finalists, ultimately the judges selected a total of 12 research topics to receive grant awards. Eleven topics were chosen in Category A, which encompasses research on graphic design or graphic art in general, and one topic was selected in Category B, which calls for research relating to graphic designer Ikko Tanaka. In addition, seven of the grant winners of 2015 had requested continuation of support for a second year, and after a review of these granteesf interim reports the judges approved ongoing assistance for all seven applicants.
@The applications received for 2016 were on research topics of even higher quality than before, confirming once again the significance and potential of this program. In evaluating the submitted applications, the judges carefully considered their respective merits from a variety of perspectives including novelty, originality, social or scholastic significance, and appropriateness as a research project. Amid the discussions, one judge voiced the opinion that opportunities should be given to scholars who are doing admirable research despite challenges presented by their environment. We intend to take this issue under consideration in the future.
@We wish the newly selected grant winners the greatest success in carrying out their research, and we look forward to learning of their significant results.

Hiroshi Kashiwagi
Screening Committee Chairman
DNP Foundation for Cultural Promotion

Application Overview

Application Period: May 1 through July 10, 2016

Number of Applications

  Subtotal Breakdown
Domestic Overseas
Category A 42 40 2
Category B 4 3 1
Total 46 43 3

2016 Selected Research Topics

Category Research Topic Applicant
Affiliated Institution
Grant Amount
A
A Study of Japanese Typefaces and a Typeface Customization System for Dyslexic Readers
Xinru ZHU
Graduate Student, Graduate School of Education, The University of Tokyo
500,000 JPY
A
The Representation of Architecture and Graphic Design:
Through the Analysis of Architectural Exhibitions
Kenjiro HOSAKA
Curator, The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo
500,000 JPY
A
Text paintings of "Viennese Kineticism":
An intersection of progressive design education and the international avant-garde
Tomoko KAKUYAMA
Part-time Lecturer, Dokkyo University
500,000 JPY
A
Comparative Study of the Visual Culture between Korea and Japan through the visual image of Female Ghosts
Mikyung BAK
Part-time Lecturer, Graduate School of Letters, Kyoto University
400,000 JPY
A
"Shumi to Heibon" (Hobbies and Ordinary Stuff) (1920-1926) magazine; its Design and Cosmopolitanism
Helena ČAPKOVÁ
Assistant Professor, School of International Liberal Studies, Waseda University
500,000 JPY
A
AWAZU Kiyoshi in the History of Graphic Design in Japan:
Architecture, Movie and Photograph
Meruro WASHIDA
Curator, 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa
300,000 JPY
A
Telling the future of the endangered languages with visual images | Multilingual picturebook design for folktales
Fumi YAMAMOTO
Designer, Illustrator, Part-time lecturer, Visual Design Department, Kyoto City University of Arts
500,000 JPY
A
Elucidation of the expert craftsmanship from woodcuts
Mariko ANDO
Temporary Researcher, Research Center for Knowledge Science in Cultural Heritage, Doshisha University
500,000 JPY
A
The Information spreading and communication in the refuge for resilience design
—Interpreating people's problems and solutions from the poster
Yoshito OGATA
Associate Professor, Faculty of Design, Kyushu University
300,000 JPY
A
Japanese Graphic Design Collections at Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum and Copper Union, Herb Lubalin Study Center
Sakura NOMIYAMA
Research Fellow, Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
300,000 JPY
A
Greek Vases as a field of shaping public image
Emiko TANAKA
Associate Professor, Faculty of Education, Niigata University
250,000 JPY
B
Application of Cavalier Perspective and Multi-focus
—Design Language of Ikko Tanaka
Lang XIAO
Postgraduate Student, Fine Arts Department, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
450,000 JPY

2016 Continuation Grants (2015 Selected Research Topics)

Category Research Topic Applicant
Affiliated Institution
Grant Amount
2015 Grant Amount
A
How to make a living as a graphic designer?
—A comparative study between Japan and France on the role of copyright
Makoto NAGATSUKA
Professor, Hitotsubashi University
500,000 JPY
500,000 JPY
A
Color Barrier Free Displays in Disaster Situations
Kensei TSUCHIDA
Professor, The Faculty of Information Sciences and Arts, Toyo University
500,000 JPY
500,000 JPY
A
A study on the British illustrated newspaper "The Graphic" and the revival of Fancy Pictures in the 19th century
Naoki SATO
Associate Professor, Tokyo University of the Arts
500,000 JPY
500,000 JPY
A
Representation of girls and its consumption in advertisements of modern Japan
Shiori MAEKAWA
Assistant Technical Staff, Kyoto Institute of Technology, Museum and Archives
500,000 JPY
500,000 JPY
A
Visions of the postwar capital: "Tokyo" and graphic design in visual communication
Kei OSAWA
Associate Researcher , The University Museum, The University of Tokyo
500,000 JPY
500,000 JPY
A
Study of Vernacular Belief Practice with the Visualization of the Dead
Takemi ODAJIMA
Research Specialist , Tohoku University, School of Arts and Letters
500,000 JPY
500,000 JPY
A
RANJI, The Roots of Japanese Commercial Graphic Design, and the Successors
Ako YOSHINO
Part-time Lecturer, School of Information Studies, Shizuoka Sangyo University
500,000 JPY
500,000 JPY