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Asia Package Design Conference (APD) is an international conference co-organized by package design organizations from five regions in Asia, namely Japan, South Korea, Shanghai, Taiwan and Thailand (guest). Themed “Think Design Future”, APD Nara 2021 this year will be held fully online, broadcasted live from Nara, Japan.

Last year, the whole world was affected by the coronavirus pandemic, as we welcome a “new normal”, in which we will experience drastic changes in our daily lives, society, economic activities and styles of working. How will this historic shift in our era affect the role of design? And what will the future of design be? At APD Nara 2021, we look forward to discussing these questions with our friends from Asia.

For our keynote speech, we will be welcoming Taku Sato, a world-renowned graphic designer and Mali-born Oussouby Sacko, the dean of Kyoto Seika University, to address us from different perspectives. Thereafter, we will be having area reports from representatives of the respective countries, giving us the precious opportunity to learn about the current situations of the rapidly developing regions in Asia.

At this year’s APD, we will be having two new activities. The first is the establishment of the “Asia Best Package Design Awards”, and secondly, we will be having a APD Joint Statement, in which we will declare our common goal for Asia’s package design. Both activities are a new challenge for us to spread the influence of Asia’s design to the world, for a better future.

Through APD, we have cultivated a deep friendship across the participating regions through the common theme of “package design”. We look forward to strengthening our ties and moving forward with everyone for the development of Asia’s package design.
Toru Ito
President of

"APD NARA 2021" 개최를 진심으로 축하드립니다.
아시아 4개국 패키지디자인 단체가 1993년 서울대회를 시작으로 28여년 세월이 지나오면서 만남의 장을 통해 상호 교류하면서 소통해 왔으나 지난해 글로벌 팬데믹으로 대변되는 COVID19에 의하여 정상적인 개최에 어려움이 생겼습니다.
이는 인류에 대한 거대한 위기이자 재앙으로, 21세기의 삶의 형식과 산업구조를 변화시키고 우리는 이러한 중차대한 격랑의 중심에 있습니다.
한번도 겪어보지 못한 세상을 경험하고 있는 것입니다. 현재 세계는 이러한 위기를 물리치기 위하여 다양한 해결책을 모색하고 있습니다.
그 가운데 디자인을 통한 삶의 형식과 방법의 변화와 다양한 해결책을 위한 엄청난 노력 또한 요구받고 있습니다.
따라서 친환경, 지속가능 디자인에 대한 가치와 포지셔닝을 중심으로 디자인의 가치 변화 흐름 속에서 이러한 가치가 디자이너와 소비자에게 미치는 영향을 파악 할 수 있도록 환경 친화 소비 지향점으로 하여 디자인 각 영역의 경계를 넘어 융합적 디자인 방법과 개발이 이루어져야 합니다.

이번 행사에 참여하시는 APD회원들과 관계자들이 국제교류를 통해서 새로운 영감을 얻고 각자의 작품세계와 디자인계의 발전을 위해 큰 성과를 이루게 되시기를 기대합니다.
APD모든 회원 여러분 건강 그리고 미래에 성공과 행복을 가져다주기를 기원합니다.

끝으로 "APD NARA 2021"의 성공적인 행사준비를 위해 노고가 많으신 JPDA 관계자 여러분과 각국의 협회장 및 회원분들께 KPDA을 대표하여 감사 인사올립니다.


Congratulations on the hosting of the “APD NARA 2021.”
Package design organizations in four Asian countries have been exchanging and communicating for about 28 years, starting with the first event held in Seoul in 1993, but we faced an obstacle hosting our event because of the global COVID-19 pandemic that occurred last year.
COVID-19 is a tremendous crisis and disaster for humankind, which has completely overturned the lifestyle and industrial structure in the 21st century. We are standing in the middle of such a critical moment in history.
We are experiencing an unprecedented world, and the world is seeking various solutions to overcome the crisis at stake.
We are asked to make extraordinary efforts to change people’s lifestyles and methods through design.
Accordingly, we must pursue environment-friendly consumption by focusing on the values and positioning of sustainable design so we can understand the impact of such values on designers and consumers. Convergent design methods should be developed by crossing the boundaries among various domains of design.

I look forward to seeing all members of the APD and relevant authorities who have come to this event get new inspirations through international experience and make greater achievements in the worlds of art and design.
I wish you good health, future success, and happiness.

Lastly, I want to add a word of gratitude, on behalf of KPDA, to the staff members of JPDA for their hard work preparing for the “APD NARA 2021” and the members and presidents of other associations.

회장 강부연
사단법인 한국패키지디자인협회
Kang, Boo Yun
President of
KPDA(Korea Package Design Association)



The Asia Package Design Conference(APD) has been in existence for nearly 30 years, which sees an era of tremendous changes in the world, Asia, and China. APD promotes the exchange and development of packaging design in Asian countries, leads the packaging design of various countries to the world, and contribute to the glitter of Asian lifestyle and culture with long histories in the new era of technology. Under the circumstance of the global spread Covid-19, which impacts on the economies and living conditions of Asian countries, the significance of holding APD has surpassed the need for exchanges between the packaging industries, design agencies and designers, and has become an important driving force for the recovery of economy, the promotion of trade and the strengthening of the sustainable development of society in Asia.
Nowadays, packaging design has become an important method for Chinese products to explore domestic and overseas markets. Emphasizing on the sustainability and the Green and Eco-friendly design has become the primary standards of value of the global packaging design. Shanghai’s packaging design industry has been developing in the exchange and integration with its counterparts in Asia and the world. As China increasingly integrates into the world, Shanghai’s packaging designers shall not only maintain the features of“Shanghai culture”, but also use“global design elements”to think about, discover, and solve problems facing the future. Therefore, it is quite necessary to have the communication with designers from Asian countries. On the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the establishment of the Japan Package Design Association (JPDA), I believe that the Asian Package Design Conference held in Nara is not only an opportunity for designers to use their wisdom to cope with the world’s problems, but also a new beginning for the future togetherness!

Yuan Zonglei
Deputy Director of Design Committee of
SPTA(Shanghai Packaging Technology Association)





如此,包裝不僅是品牌行銷的工具,更成為理念與價值的宣導,透過包裝設計的表現讓人們關注於自身生長的土地環境。 2021年是日本包裝設計協會成立60年,在此獻上祝賀,透過會議的舉辦讓我們相互砥礪陪伴,期盼能為這世界設計更美好的未來。


Hello, friends from the Asia Package Design Association. It has been a while since last time we saw each other. My best wishes to all of you and wish you safety in these difficult times. On behalf of the Taiwan Package Design Association, it is my great honor to participate in this meeting.

In these recent two years, the world has been shifted and affected by the shadow of the COVID-19 pandemic. It has had great impact on our lifestyle, our attitudes, our values and the way we deal with matters. In particular, it seems to have slowed down our pace of persistently pursuing creation and change. Perhaps this can be an opportunity for us to calm down and think about the relationship between the physical and social environments we share. Furthermore, it also enforces us to rethink if the pursuit of unlimited progress, creation and production is truly sustainable. This consideration of sustainability has clearly influenced the trend of package design.

First, facing issues of material surplus and overconsumption, sustainable circularity-or circular economy, and climate change topics need to be regarded by designers. Using reprocessed materials, closed-loop production, and minimization of packaging have become many designers’ mutual goals.

Secondly, under the influence of COVID-19 pandemic, people have valued local culture more respectfully. Designers increase the depth of cultural design and local characteristics through stories and traditions.

Thus, package design is not only a tool of brand marketing, but also promotion of ideas and values. The presentation of package designs inspires people to respect the land and environment in which we live and grow up.

The year of 2021 is the 60th year since the Japan Package Design Association—the JDPA—was established. My congratulations to you. May we continue to encourage and accompany each other as we peruse and present the best design to the world.

Ming - Yu Lee
Chairman of
TPDA(Taiwan Package Design Association)

ในนามของสมาคมการออกแบบบรรจุภัณฑ์ไทย ข้าพเจ้าขอแสดงความยินดีกับงาน APD NARA 2021 และ วันครบรอบ 60 ปของ The JapanPackage Design Association (JPDA).
ข้าพเจ้าขออวยพรให้ JPDA ประสบความสำเร็จอย่างต่อเนืองในความพยายามของสมาคมในการสานต่อการจัดแข่งขัน Asia Package DesignAward และการประชุม ซึงจัดเพือส่งเสริมการประกวดด้านการออกแบบบรรจุภัณฑ์และความคิดสร้างสรรค์ในหมู่ประเทศสมาชิกในเอเชีย AsiaPackage Design เปนเวทีเพือคัดเลือกงานออกแบบบรรจุภัณฑ์ทียอดเยียมและสนับสนุนการออกแบบบรรจุภัณฑ์สำหรับนักออกแบบ รวมถึงธุรกิจการออกแบบในภูมิภาคเอเชียด้วย
ข้าพเจ้าหวังว่า APD NARA 2021 จะประสบความสำเร็จตามเปาหมายและเกิดประโยชน์ต่อวงการออกแบบบรรจุภัณฑ์ในภูมิภาคเอเชีย


On behalf of the Thai Package Design Association, I would like to extend our sincere congratulations to APD NARA 2021 and the Japan Package Design Association upon your 60th anniversary.

We wish JPDA continued success in all your efforts including the Asia Package Design Award and APD Conference.

The Asia Package Design Award is highly beneficial to country members in Asia. This meaningful competition not only honors excellence in package design but also helps to elevate the status of designers as well as business in our region.

We wish that APD NARA 2021 achieve its goals and benefits to packaging design industry in Asia. We have very much enjoyed our continued friendship and cooperation among our respective organizations and we look forward to further strengthening our relations in the future.

วรรณา สุทัศน์ ณ อยุธยา
Varna Sudasna
President of
ThaiPDA(Thai Package Design Association)