artless Inc. | a global branding agency

artless Inc. is an independently owned global branding agency integrating graphics and architecture, based in tokyo and kyoto, founded by shun kawakami in 2001.

our activities are based in visual communication and the language of design; branding and consulting, art and design, graphics and identity, architecture and interior, typography and signage, fashion and music, web and digital experience, advertising and brand communications.

we don’t differentiate between art, design, architecture, digital and other forms of communication — we embrace it. diverse challenges that extend across multiple disciplines provides us with an experience that allows us to broaden our perspective. our philosophy is rooted in the Japanese sense of beauty, infused with contemporary creativity aiming to make a difference.

“artless Inc.” は、 東京と京都を拠点にグローバルに活動するブランディング・エージェンシーです。

アート/デザイン/ビジネス、そして、グローバル/ローカルという5つの視点を軸に、ストラテジーフェーズから、グラフィックおよび建築空間まで、すべてのデザイン領域における包括的なアートディレクションとデザインを行い、日/英/中のトリリンガルによる独自のグローバル・ブランディングを行っています。

活動領域は、国内だけでなく、アジア、ヨーロッパ、アメリカと多岐に渡ります。ブランドや企業のヴィジュアル・アイデンティティやブランド・ストラテジーの構築からはじまり、ロゴ、タイプフェイス、グラフィック、建築、インテリア、サイネージ、アート、インスタレーション、フォト、ビデオ、ミュージック、ファッションなど、フィジカルなデザインから、ウェブやデジタルメディアにおけるインターフェースデザインまで、ブランドが必要とする、すべてのコミュニケーションデザインを行っています。また、独自のクリエイティブネットワークを築き、このグローバル・コレクティブ「artless collective™」 では、国内外の多様なジャンルの専門家やアーティストがリストアップされ、企業や組織の垣根を超え、各プロジェクトのニーズに応じた最適なチームを提案しプロジェクトを進行しています。

“artless Inc.” は、アートやデザインを「ヴィジュアル・ランゲージ」と捉え、フィロソフィーやヴィジョンといった目には見えない概念を表現する「ヴィジュアル・コミュニケーション」の姿勢を軸に活動しています。


corporate information
artless Inc. / 株式会社 artless
founder and ceo
Shun Kawakami
stock information
10,000,000 jpy
staff
23
year of establishment
2001

office
東京  tokyo
nakame gallery street J2+J3
(Nakameguro koukashita/85+86)
2-45-12 kami-meguro meguro-ku
tokyo 153-0051 japan
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京都  kyoto

gojo place 9f, 107-3 ebisucho, 
shimogyo-ku,
kyoto 600-8302 japan


what we do
Brand Strategy
Research and Insights
Brand architecture
Brand positioning
Naming and Brand concept
Communication and Design strategy
Content and Digital strategy

Brand Design
Visual identity
Verbal identity
Brand atmosphere
Typography
Image language
Illustration language
UX/UI design
Motion design
Sound identity

Brand Communication &
Brand Experience

Creative direction
Art direction
Architectural design
Interior design
Graphic design
Sign design
Digital product design
Application design
Retail
Environment
Exhibition
Installation
Curation

team of artless Inc.

Team of artless Inc. | July 2019
Languages: Japanese + English + Chinese
Staff: 20 members

1 creative director & art director
4 project managers
10 designers
1 programmer
1 photographer
1 stylist
2 baristas


founder
Shun Kawakami (JP/EN)
branding & design consulting,
creative direction & art direction

instagram facebook twitter pinterest
www.shunkawakami.jp
wikipedia

project management
Asami Kinoshita (JP/EN)
Moeko Tamakawa (JP/EN)
Jun Kohmura (JP/EN)
Mimaki Hata (JP/EN)

art direction & design
Kazuki Kaneko (JP/EN)
Shinsaku Iwatachi (EN/JP)
Thomas Zimmerman (EN/JP)
Shien Ayako (JP)
Kanako Ueno (JP)
Yafa Koseko (CH/EN/JP)
Qiwen Chao (CH/JP)
Ryo Akao (JP)
Aori Nagai (JP/FR)

architectural design
Ken Aoki (JP/EN)

interactive design & programming
Adrien Dufond (FR/EN/JP)

photography
Yuu Kawakami (JP)

stylist
Miho Kawakami (JP/EN)

barista for artless craft tea & coffee
Kazu Watanabe (JP)
Yuichi Onouchi (JP/EN)

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global partners 

artless collective™ : www.artless-collective.com
partner companies & collaborators from our global network

Designart Tokyo www.designart.jp
new design & art festival in Tokyo, Japan, established in 2017.

AODJ Ambassador of Design, Japan. (NPO) : www.aodj.org
non profit organization in Japan. AODJ strive to connect, inspire and elevate creative professionals in the world.

W tokyo www.tokyo.co.jp
PR & creator management company


special thanks:
internship designers

Cécile Brissez (FR/EN) – France
Chani Pouzet (FR/EN) – France
Jeerapak Nitipon (EN) – Bankok Thailand
Aoi Fujikawa (JP/EN) – New York USA
Amaya Hagelaar (DU/EN) – Netherlands
Stefano Cometta (GE/EN/IT/SP/FR) – Swiss
Miikka Toiviainen (EN/FIN) – Finland
Alice Tosey (EN) – London UK
Karolina Pöll (SP/EN/GE) – Mexico
Leonie Aiko (GE/EN) – Germany
etc.

recruitment & internship

we are always looking for new members. if you’re interested, please send your cv & portfolio (pdf) to info@artless.co.jp

artless Inc. では、随時、メンバー及びインターンの募集を行っています。下記を参照の上、メールにてポートフォリオをPDFでお送りください。書類審査後、面接のアポイントのお返事をさせて頂きます。(インターンシップ・プログラムでは交通費のみの支給となります)

available positions:
* architect & interior designer
* graphic & web designer
* producer & project manager/public reactions

category:
branding & consulting/ v.i. & typography/ graphic & signage/ web & digital experience/ architecture & interior

required skill:
conversational level English & Japanese

type of employment:
業務委託契約 yearly contract
(test working/internship: 1month)

location:
artless Inc.
(head office / nakameguro tokyo)
nakame gallery street J3 (nakameguro koukashita 86)
2-45-12 kami-meguro
meguro-ku tokyo 153-0051 japan
https://goo.gl/maps/ED2JKaYfX822

award

2019 –

ADC 98th Annual Awards  (New York, US)
Spatial Design – Bronze prize: artless craft tea & coffee
Branding – Merit: Mist hot spring hotel

2018 –

Red Dot Winner  (Germany)
[Shortlist] QM weather. / Product Design

DFAA – Design For Asia Award 2018 / Bronze Award  (Hong Kong)
MIST Hot Spring Hotel / Brand identity

ICONIC AWARDS 2018 / INNOVATIVE ARCHITECTURE (Germany)
[best of best] MIST Hot Spring Hotel / Brand identity
[best of best] artless craft tea & coffee / Café

SDA Award 2018 (Japan)
[Gold] MIST Hot Spring Hotel
[Bronze] hotel koé tokyo

Topawards Asia (Japan)
[FOOD | Outstanding in Functionality (Theme “LINES”)]
Package Design for Satoyama Jujo -Hot pepper & Miso / Natural Honey/ Butterbur bud & Miso

2017 –

DFAA – Design For Asia Award 2017  (Hong Kong)
hotel kanra kyoto / branding, V.I., Signages
artless craft tea & coffee / branding & interior design

The One Show (New York, US)
[Shortlist] 10 SOUNDS OF LIFE SCIENCE

2016 –

NY TDC 62
the Type Directors Club
(New York, US)
the TDC Communication Design Competition:
“Certificate of Typographic Excellence”
Hotel Risveglio Akasaka / original typography, Logo, sign system & graphic design

2015 –

The Webby Awards (US)
“The 19th Annual Webby Awards” the Websites: Corporate Communications category.
[Nomination]

2014 –

GOOD DESIGN AWARD 2014
Singapore Design Award 2014
Satoyama Jujo – artwork

2013 –

DFAA – Design For Asia Award 2013 (Hong Kong)
[DFA Silver Award] NANAMIYA – brand Logo & package design
[DFA Bronze Award] 10 TEN – Ehime/Mikan
[DFA Award 2013 Merit Winner] huug 001

The One Show (New York)
[GOLD PRIZE] design and paper engineering (Brand Design & Package Design)

The Tokyo Typo Directors Club (Tokyo TDC)
Annual Award 2013

[Nomination] design and paper engineering (Brand Design & Package Design)

GOOD DESIGN AWARD 2013
10 TEN – brand Logo & package design

SDA AWARDS 2013
[First Prize]
– OBI / Installation by AODJ
[Jun Aoki Prize]
– MONOCO GINZA GALLERY

DSA Award – Japan Design Space Association Award
(GOLD PRIZE) :
OBI / Installation by AODJ

2012 –

iF: International Forum Design Hannover (Germany)
“huug – balance of light and shadow -”
[Brand Design & Product Design]

CREATIVITY INTERNATIONAL AWARDS : 41st annual
Print & Packaging Competition :
ISETAN | the stage & show window “bokusho” new year 2011

2011 –

the 2011 elections to the D&AD Executive Committee. (London)

The Tokyo Typo Directors Club (Tokyo TDC)
Annual Award 2011
[Nomination] ISSEY MIYAKE INC. / ELTTOBTEP (present package)

GOOD DESIGN AWARD 2011
HOTEL ANTEROOM KYOTO
installation work / original print

DDA AWARD – Japan Display Design Award 2011
[Nomination] ISETAN (Honkan & Men’s) : Show Window “boku-sho” 2011

2010 –

CANNES LIONS
International Advertising Festiva : “GOLD” (Design Lions)
Corporate or Brand Identity / Broadcast Design & Graphics :
Channel 4 (TV Nelonen – Helsinki, Finland)

D&AD / THE BEST ADVERTISING AND DESIGN IN THE WORLD (UK)
Awards 2010 : TV & Cinema Communications
TV Promotions, Stings & Program Junctions

*ED AWARDS / European Design Awards
“Bronze”

Vuoden Huiput (Finland)
(Best of the Year) : “Shortlist”

2009 –

NY ADC:
Young Gun 7 / Judge

NY TDC 55
the Type Directors Club
(New York, US)
Print [Packaging] (New York)

The Tokyo Typo Directors Club (Tokyo TDC)
Annual Award 2009

JAGDA : Graphic Design in Japan 2009
[Nomination] ISSEY MIYAKE INC. / Package Design

2008 –

ADC Young Guns 6 (New York)
Award-winning: The final 50

The One Show Book Design Finaist (New York)

London International Awards (UK)

TIAA: Tokyo Interactive AD Award
Finaist : GYRE

JCD Design Award 2008 BEST 100
Dual City Sessions 2007 (the Japanese Society of Commercial Space Designers)

DDA AWARD : Display Design Awards 2008
Selected Work / Dual City Sessions 2007 (the Japan Display Design Association)
* Exhibition Design by upsetters architects

2001-2007

The ADC 86th Annual Awards
GRAPHIC DESIGN – POSTER DESIGN/PROMOTIONAL
Merit (New York)
The FWA (UK)
Adobe Motion Award Interactive / grand prize
Tokyo Interactive AD Award Finalist, Branding Site
Japan Good Design Award
Applied Japan Typography
Web Design Annual Japan