TEDxTokyo yz – Shun Kawakami “Design With the Unconscious”

June 21, 2012




Shun Kawakami
Born 1977 in Tokyo. Establishes his own design firm, artless Inc., in 1999. His vision, unconstrained by genres and categories, is embodied through a broad range of activities, from graphic design, art direction, and branding to interactive art, video, installation, and space design. As an artist, participates in various exhibitions and projects in Japan and aboard, curates exhibitions, and contributes art to various media outlets. Receives numerous awards, including NYADC Award, One Show, Good Design Award, and Tokyo Interactive Ad Award.

Working for clients, designer Shun works on a lot of personal art projects employing traditional Japanese culture/style but from a non-Japanese standpoint. Since his art doesn’t have concepts or strong messages, he lets viewers to determine what they are. He sees art as a platform to refine and enrich himself, which he believes is the most crucial thing upon his creation.

About TEDx, x = independently organized event

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)

installation & interior

Social Apartment Wako : total design

June 18, 2012

Social Apartment Wako :
total design direction by artless Inc.


concept design, interior coordinate & brand design
(logo & typeface, sign design, AD, PR/Event Planing…)

creative & art direction : shun kawakami (artless)
design : taichiro takeo (artless tokyo)
interior design : dewt work studio
client : Global Agents Co., Ltd.

logo (entrance sign) :

second logo (lounge entrance sign) :

signs :


artless-exhibition: 2007-2012

June 01, 2012

exhibition of artless Inc “portfolio” (Tokyo, Japan)
Jan 12,2012

arnk: solo exhibition of shun kawakami at kyoto (Kyoto, Japan)
Nov 3, 2011

Tokyo Graphic Passport at Centre Pompidou (Paris, France)
Sep 17, 2011

Seoul Design Festival 2010 (Korea)
Dec 9, 2010

art award tokyo 2010
Oct 12, 2010

Japan Design Exhibition / Musee du Louvre (Paris)
Dec 12, 2008

Singapore Design Festival 2007 (shingapore)
November 12, 2007

Design Tide 2007 (tokyo)
Oct 21, 2007

>> http://www.artless.co.jp/exhibition/


A4A Inc. : corporate site

May 31, 2012

A4A Inc. :
corporate site


credits :
creative direction, art direction, design : artless Inc.
art direction : shun kawakami (artless)
design : ryo sugi (artless tokyo), taichiro takeo (artless tokyo)
html development : HUSMA

client : A4A Inc.



Graniph / Control Bear : balloon art project

May 30, 2012

Control Bear :
balloon art project


brand design by artless inc.

creative direction & art direction : shun kawakami (artless)
design : taichiro takeo (artless tokyo)
video : yuu kawakami (artless tokyo)
copy writing : maki wakamatsu (artless tokyo)
development : yoshiaki fujimori (grandbase)

client : Graphis Inc.


version of coming soon:


[art balloon making video 01-04]
direction : taichiro takeo (artless tokyo)
film/video editing : yuu kawakami (artless tokyo)
music : noiselessly by chikao maruyama (artless records)





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