JA Minds Design & Branding JA MINDS by 6D-K Tokyo


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Industry Business equipment & services, Corporate Image
Media Design & Branding
Market Japan
Agency 6D-K Tokyo
Designer Shogo Kishino, Nozomi Tagami
Illustrator Ichio Otsuka
Released May 2013


Cannes Lions 2013
Design Lions Consumer Services Gold

Credits & Description

Type of entry: 360 Brand & Identity Experience
Category: Consumer Services
Product/Service: JA MINDS
Agency: 6D-K Tokyo, JAPAN
Art Directore: Shogo Kishino (6d-K)
Designer: Shogo Kishino (6d-K)
Designer: Nozomi Tagami (6d-K)
Illustrator: Ichio Otsuka ()
Brief Explanation
The overall concept was to create a communication platform for customers, though we believed that JA did not suit the concept, as it was perceived as massive and conservative (somewhat like a government body) in Japan.
Therefore, we proposed a plan to create a new visual identity in addition to the sign design to rebuild the image, and fundamentally renew the brand that would enable communication with customers.
Furthermore, with regard to a projected future increase in imported farmed goods from overseas, we also aimed to integrate the primary industry and design to enhance its character and originality.
Describe the brief from the client
JA stands for Japan Agricultural Cooperatives; the nation's largest cooperative in its category; and JA Minds is an agricultural union responsible for the Tama district in Tokyo.

We were requested to design a new sign for the Tama branch, which is remodeled to mark its 20th anniversary.
Branding and VI development however, were not part of their initial request.
Design Process
The concept was to create a communication platform for customers, so we proposed a new visual identity with pictograms, capable of building affinity and instantly communicating its various services to wide generations from children to senior citizens, as well as people engaging in agriculture.
We also developed pictograms to match local specialties in respective areas so that it may be deployed in the other branches under JA Minds' possession.
As a result, we came up with an extremely unique brand identity suited for multiple uses, allowing various people to connect with one another without any use of words.
There was much inspiring feedback, such as "It now has a new image, thus much more approachable!" from those who saw JA Minds' new VI, which set it apart from any other JA branch.
Furthermore, the place attracted a wide range of customers.
Also, a variety of daily items adopting the brand identity were created, and played a significant role in promotion and advertising as more people carried those items along.
The pictograms allowed specific messages to be communicated via symbolic images, and with this, the plan managed to deepen the strong relationship between JA Minds and its users.