product design / graphic design

15 August 2018

summer graphics

Here are some graphics for hot summer days of Japan. Sunflower and morning glory are typical garden plants we used to seed and care during summer holiday when we were kids, so that we feel a kind of nostalgy to see even these simple graphics.


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10 August 2018


This botanical specimen is beautifully resin filled and the package says; Mt. Takao has about 1600 plant species grow wild, comparable to the species throughout the UK. Wow, what a diversity. Nippon Design Center which is led by Kenya Hara ( related page is here ) designed this.


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18 July 2018

amazing prototypes

The exhibition by the engineering laboratory of Tokyo University was held at their facility near Shibuya last month. The title of the show was Parametric Move, the prototypes of their resaerch project on movement were shown. This one below has a single micro motor with one time 3D-printed structure, and perfectry crawls around like a centipede. ( related page is here )


Thin nylon structure makes dynamic movement which changes its outline of the shape. I could not stop watching this for a while.


This prototype has flexible feet and makes elastic motion.


Amazing work is this SEER; Simulative Emotional Expression Robot by an artist Takayuki Fujido. The head moves toward a visitor and its eye contact was perfect due to its precise face tracking by a camera. Although the face only has a subtle movement of eyeballs, eyelids and eyebrows, it has surprisingly various expressions as if it has emotions.


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13 July 2018

bamboo package

This is the special package for single malt whisky called Yamazaki which is named after the place of the oldest distillery in Japan. I don't know how functionally this bamboo package really works, but it must be visually effective to appeal Japanese product and to emphasize it be manufactured carefully.


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01 June 2018

nodate coffee

Want to have a coffee outside? Like Nodate, open air tea ceremony? Then, here is a set of portable coffee maker from Snow Peak, the very popular Japanese brand for camping outfit. The company was originally for metal wares, so that they are very good at such kind of products. The coffee mill on the left hand side is so compact that it looks like the one for pepper, and the coolest one is the metal dripper which looks so mechancal.  ( related page is here )


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28 May 2018


These look normal bike,  but they are acutually e-bikes from BESV, one of a BenQ group company. Their stylish design is well engineered, the power drive unit is quite compact and the bold frame is made of carbon fiber. It has smartphone connection of course, and can operate the system or record driving. Cool, isn't it?


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23 May 2018

Kanji character

This wooden plate in front of the temple gate is saying 碧巌録提唱 which means to study Kongan-Roku, one of the old Buddhist scriptures. The style of the hand writing is so unique that even Japanese can hardly read it, though.


How about this graphic poster? It looks Kanji character something like 月尺日月, but is alphabet which can read AREA. Strange?


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11 April 2018

rope chair

The rope chair is designed by Riki Watanabe 60 years before. Although this looks like a prototype or unfinished, it is the product which is selling for decades and even now. My impression to see the chair at the first time was the ropes seemed to be quite few to support human body, however the feeling of sitting was not bad actually. This gap may be one of designer's intension.


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06 April 2018

refill pouch

This is very good idea for soap bottle. The refill pouch is hung from the neck of the pump shaped bottle and seen from the outside. Although the graphics of the pouch have to be carefully designed, it's effective to minimize the plastic waste and environmental loading.


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19 March 2018


This unique hanger is for dry Udon, Japanese pasta which is made of wheat flour. I don't know whether it needed to be hung like this, though. The pleats of the paper package implies its contents, and the bamboo clips on the both end make the product look naturally and carefully made. This package may be too much just for a noodle, but excellent idea for creating value.


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