KOKUYO DESIGN AWARD 2018

KOKUYO DESIGN AWARD2018

2018 Theme: “BEYOND BOUNDARIES”
We have received 1,289 works from in and out of Japan (766 from Japan and 523 from overseas).
The 10 designs that passed the first round judging will undergo final judging on Janualy 18, 2019.
One Grand Prix winner and three Merit Award winners have been selected.

Grand Prix

Grand Prix

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Sound of Drawing

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Takuma Yamazaki

Description

By amplifying the faint noises created by the friction between pencil and paper, this project represents a new way of communicating with stationery. I reflected on the meaning of drawing, and discovered that stationery can be not only writing instruments, with the purpose of leaving visual information, but also musical instruments. By redefining stationery as creative tools for drawing sounds, this pencil offers a fresh creative experience for both people who are sighted and those who are not.

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Merit Award

Merit Award
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Palletballet

creator

Soch (Athul Dinesh / Ghufran Ahmed / Pranav Kishore Bidwe)

Description

In today's world people are hesitant to showcase their creativity and thoughts in form of art due the fear of judgement and disapproval, especially children. The product is an immersive painting kit which makes the children go beyond the boundaries of conventional painting practices and enjoy the process of drawing and painting. The product will encourage the child to be more free in making their creations and empowers them to explore more. The redesigned painting kit makes it easy for the child to mix colours and create a new colour. The colour pigment boxes in this kit are designed to make this process easy and intuitive. There is also a paint spinner which has a play factor in it, which will give the child a different, playful experience and the paintings made with it will be unique every time.

Merit Award
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Smart Double Clip

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Akihiro Toyofuku

Description

Double clips are very useful when organizing materials, because they can hold papers together and are easy to use. However, they may make documents harder to see when you turn the page. “Smart Double Clip” has the same triangular shape as the corner of a piece of paper when you turn the page, so it allows pages to be turned smoothly. This new double clip is designed not for consumers, but for users.

Merit Award
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Monochrome Notebook

creator

Kunihiko Nakata

Description

I would like to propose a gray notebook that you can write in with both black and white pens. This notebook utilizes the nature of human eyesight—namely, that letters in bright colors and dark colors on a paper cannot be easily read at the same time. When someone reads a series of black letters and then switches to white letters, they have to change visual channels. By using two different colors, you can concentrate on one color at a time when reading. Use this effect to highlight important parts, indicate additional information, add light and shadow to illustrations, and more. “Monochrome Notebook” takes advantage of the limits of human vision to bring forth new uses for notebooks.