Kinya Tagawa

Kinya Tagawa is Japanese award-winning design engineer.

Kinya Tagawa, co-founder and partner of global design studio Takram, is an award-winning design engineer with an extensive knowledge of interactive art and hardware and software design. 

He holds a BEng from the University of Tokyo, and an MA in Industrial Design Engineering from the Royal College of Art (RCA) in the UK. He also serves as a Visiting Professor of Innovation Design Engineer and Global Innovation Design at RCA.

His prominent works include “tagtype”, a Japanese character input device selected as part of the permanent collection of The Museum of Modern Art in New York; “afterglow”, a laser drawing system and “NS4”, a user-interface developed for TOYOTA.

In addition, he has served as a member of the juries for the D&AD Design Award, Japan Good Design Award, James Dyson Design Award as well as a member of several design-related committees of the Japanese Government.

Tagawa and his design studio works in a wide range of design fields including product, space, hardware, software and interactive art. Unifying rapid prototyping, story-weaving and problem-reframing allows the studio to create innovative concepts, products and experience design for a variety of businesses and institutions around the world.

The studio has won several major awards including the Microsoft Innovation Award Grand Prize in 2007 and the Red Dot Award for product design in 2009.