Kokuyo Design Award 2018 - DESIGN CONTEST

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Kokuyo Design Award 2018

CALL FOR ENTRIES - KOKUYO is holding the Kokuyo Design Award 2018 which is a Design Contest aiming to gather and commercialize designs from a wide range of users in the general public that are excellent from the perspective of those using them.


The Kokuyo Design Award 2018 organised by KOKUYO Group is Design Contest recently announced for entries dedicate to attract beautifully functional product designs, taking the best of the best to the actual consumer market, enhancing design as a value and supports the production of items loved by the user.

This is the 16th Kokuyo Design Award to be held since it was established in 2002, and from among the winners so far, such products as "Kadokeshi", "Campus Notebook Paracuruno", "Wagomu","Nameless Paints" and "True Measure" have been created.


This year's theme is "Beyond Boundaries". Factors such as ambiguity in the boundaries between work and everyday life and progress in the flattening of communications have changed the whole concept of the way in which boundaries have naturally existed so far. This is also happening in KOKUYO's business domain. On the other hand, they believe that the theme of crossing the boundaries in society, such as the boundaries between countries, cultures and genders, is worth watching.

There are countless boundaries in this world. Countries. Languages. Culture. Gender. Age and class. All kinds of boundaries that used to make a distinction between "here" and "there" now either no longer play that role or are trying to change their definition in this diverse society. Working and living. Connections between people. Social status. Family structure. Every form of relationship changes each time these boundaries change. What kind of tool nurtures, revives, and strengthens those relationships, and what kind of design will it be?

It may be a social boundary or a small boundary in your everyday surroundings. Please find a boundary and propose a new world or a new relationship between people and things that you can see by crossing that boundary.

The target designs that organiser want to receive are for "stationery, furniture and all items generally used in working, learning and living scenes". As all items generally used in everyday life are included in the target design areas, they are expecting the submission of flexible ideas, not only in stationery and furniture which are the main product categories of KOKUYO.

Presentation Sheet:

• (A3, Portrait Orientation), Width: 297mm × Height: 420mm, up to 5Mb limit to one A3 size page. Additional pages will not be accepted.
• Add any information you feel helps explain your design.
• Entries must be in Japanese or English.
• Format - JPEG or PDF
• Size - JPEG / Width: 3508pixels × Height: 4961pixels
• Resolution - 300dpi Color Mode: RGB

Entry eligibility is limited to those designs never before shown publicly (in Japan and other countries). Multiple submissions are allowed.

The three criteria for judging the entries are whether they "propose new value", "propose a life scene" and have the "feasibility of commercialization". They make a comprehensive evaluation to ascertain whether the proposal has novelty, if the scene in life that is realized by the proposed product has been properly considered, and if the feasibility of commercialization has been studied.

There is no entry fee to partecipate.

It's free to enter!

Who can enter?

Kokuyo Design Award is open to corporations, organizations, individuals and group (up to 2 individuals for group entries) regardless of age, sex, professional background, or nationality.


The best entry will be awarded with a Grand Prix of 2,000,000 Japanese Yen (that's approximately 18,190 USD). Three Merit awards of 500,000 Japanese Yen each (that's approximately 4,545 USD) will also be announced.

Prize-winning designs may be adapted to commercial products. Winners may be asked to participate in meetings to assess the commercial viability of their products.

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