A New Line of Hanko Ink Inspired by the Colors of Nature | Spoon & Tamago

Times have been difficult for Japan’s hanko, a personal signature tool that dates back centuries. Technology has been rendering the system obsolete and a work-from-home environment triggered by the global pandemic has only accelerated this phase-out. But it’s a beautiful tradition. And in order to rethink the hanko’s place in modern society, stationery company Shachihata has released a new line of hanko ink, normally just red or black, in beautiful, lush colors inspired by nature.

The new line of hanko ink was actually born from a design contest that the stationery company hosted last year in order to solicit ideas from the public. Designer Satoru Utashiro sent in his idea for a new line of hanko ink called watashi no iro, or “my colors,” which ended up winning first prize. In fact, the company was impressed enough to commercialize the product, which just went on sale July 1.

Watashi no iro comes in 5 different colors, each inspired by a type of nature that is very familiar to Japan: ocean, citrus, nishikigoi (or koi fish), forest and camelia flowers.

Source: A New Line of Hanko Ink Inspired by the Colors of Nature | Spoon & Tamago

Lawson private brand logo & packaging | nendo

for Lawson

While many Japanese convenience store chains develop and offer private brand products under a unified image, Lawson operates multiple brands according to product type and target customer base: MACHI Café for coffee, Uchi Café for sweets, and NATURAL LAWSON for healthy goods, as well as branded fried chicken and rice balls. Such a system provides customers the joy of selecting from among highly specialized and distinctive brands, as if the convenience store were a shopping mall, but it also impedes the ability to appeal the Lawson brand itself. And so a visual identity system came to be considered, one maintaining the traits of each brand while creating a sense of unity under Lawson.

First, the silhouette from Lawson’s main logo and its L were taken to develop a highly recognizable and serviceable private brand icon, the ‘ L-logo’. It was conceived that, by having the L-logo change into existing brands as if the latter were costumes, a connection could be tied elegantly to the Lawson brand without damaging its former, conventional image. Other private brand products were included in a regular assortment for everyday life and labeled ‘L basic’, taking on the L-logo without modification. Packages are unified—with milk, eggs, bread, and other such foods in beige, and tissues, soap, and household goods in gray—and designed with silhouette illustrations to indicate package contents. Product names are indicated in four languages—Japanese, English, Chinese, and Korean—to accommodate overseas visitors. To reduce visual clutter once products enter the customers’ living spaces, prices and product descriptions are written clearly on the store POP displays. Food products outside L basic are branded as ‘L marche’ and placed into 4 categories—frozen foods, snacks, fast foods, and others—with features of each category added to the L-logo. In pursuit of a soft look that also appeals to non-regular female customers, a cozy font and hand-drawn illustrations depicting package contents and ingredients in an easy to understand manner are patterned across packages, rather than favoring large product photography like those covering the old packaging. The designs of Lawson’s nearly 700 private brand products, sold in approximately 14,000 stores nationwide, were systematized in a project undertaken in the hopes of bringing a little joy and comfort to everyday life.

Source: Lawson private brand logo & packaging | nendo

World Bee Day – Bee Home by SPACE10

My Folks keep bees, they did before I was born and in the last year or so they have finally gotten back to it big time. They LOVE it. and thats why I didn’t mind when my ma messaged early this morning to tell me it was World Bee Day!

And just in time for World Bee Day, SPACE10 have created a system for making a bee home/hotel for your own garden. Not just practical, but beautiful as well.

You configure the Bee Home on the website, generate and download CNC files and take them to a local Makerspace, then BOOM, you are helping the  bees.

Here is my Bee Home, 8 stories, with a stand.

SPACE10 created Bee Home in collaboration with technology-driven design studio Bakken & Bæck and industrial designer Tanita Klein.

SPACE10 is a research and design lab on a mission to enable a better everyday life for people and planet, and is proudly supported by IKEA.

01 Design

Design your very own Bee Home in a few minutes. Just select size, visual style and desired placement, like a rooftop, balcony or garden — or play around with the shuffle button. Your design will instantly update.

02 Fabricate

Download the design files for free and share them with a makerspace. We’ll help you find a local space, and they’ll help you create your Bee Home.

03 Place

Once assembled, place your Bee Home facing the morning sun. Plant some flowers in your local area to help the native bees thrive.Finally, upload a few photos of your new Bee Home and place it on the community map.

Source: Bee Home

My Famicase Exhibition 2020 – My Entry

Here is my entry for the 2020 My Famicase Exhibition. where you make up a game for a famicom cartridge and draw the art label for the cartridge.

Gotcha Gacha

BAKAkid|Designer|Australia

Gotcha Gacha brings all the excitement and fun on real Capsule Machines to the digital world. Don’t worry, you won’t miss out on anything, you still have to pay each time you want to turn the handle. Gotcha Gachas gonna Get ya.

「わたしのファミカセ展」はファミコンに育まれた様々な職種のクリエイターが、ファミカセのラベルをキャンバスにデザインする夢のファミカセ展です。

Source: わたしのファミカセ展 2020 – My Famicase Exhibition 2020

Here are a few of my other favourite entries!

 

‘EVERYONE CAN MAKE A MASK’ | ZHIJUNWANG

Hi everyone,

It’s an extreme tough time to all the people who have to face and struggle the virus, we hope you stay healthy and safe.

‘Do something helpful for our living community’ has inspired me and Yutong to keep trying and creating. We know not everyone can get a proper protection at quarantine time right now, so we want to share the idea of our home-made mask — ‘EVERYONE CAN MAKE A MASK’. It’s a quite simple way to help and keep you safe with what matters to you the most.

Make sure you have the proper tools and protective materials for making the mask, hope it helps people not harms. You can download the mask template for free and check the tutorial video below.

It’s a public interest project for benefiting people, do not use for any commercial purpose without authorization.

Keep social distance, wash your hands and support the frontline. Hope it can help you to get through this tough time.

Best,
Zhijun Wang & Yutong Duan


Zhijun Wang, Chinese, born 1982. Customized sneaker mask since 2013, in the past 7 years, he has handmade over 200 pieces of sneaker masks.

Source: ‘EVERYONE CAN MAKE A MASK’ | ZHIJUNWANG