Editor’s Picks: 2013 A’Design Awards. It is our second year supporting the A’Design Awards and Competition, an event showcasing the best-of-the-best in product design, branding, electronic devices and more. With over a hundred exciting projects from the 2012-13 winners, photovide.com have personally reviewed them all and have selected my favorites.
“Slider Folding Bicycle” by Paul Hao Ting Hsu. A’ Design has awarded a number of bike creators, but this concept was the one that stood out for me. It isn’t complex looking, it is a two-wheeler which can be foldable—and it is practical because you can put it into the trunk of your car, or if you don’t have a garage, place it to the side of your room or hallway.
“Post Animal” by Katsumi Tamura. In 2012, I had featured Tamura’s animal calendar titled “Safari.” This year, she won another award for her message cards (see above), which you or I can write inspiring notes on and offer to loved ones. Her past designs are usually all white, or in one solid color, and the appeal of this collection is the multicolor and animal prints. These cards would be great for selling in gift shops.
“Cruor Barolo Wine Bottle” by Audric Henri Dandres. We have all seen this popular illusion of the two faces and chalice, and although it is not a novelty, its implementation on the Cruor Barolo wine bottle is brilliant! Would you like to have a glass of red? It is a suggestive and elegant design, and the black and white look is spot on.
“Town” by Katsumi Tamura. I imagine these calendars being utilized for company branding—e.g. logo on one side, and the days of a month printed on the other—which would result in useful gifts for clients. Who wouldn’t put a cardboard cutout of a town on their desk? I would! Designer Tamura is apparently on a roll inventing paper related products, and she should continue to do more.
“Amur Tiger Vodka Bottle” by Guilherme Jardim. Guilherme Jardin’s packaging design was inspired by the snowy climate of Siberia, as well as the tigers that live in that location. He envisioned a stylish wine label in white, gold and black that would be appealing for a modern cosmopolitan public going to night clubs.
“Calliope Hi-Fi Turntable” by Deniz Karasahin. Even if you are not a DJ, you may still want this polished turntable! It was blueprinted based on physic studies of how sound travels, and it’s also a homage to the 50s and 60s music devices. The “Calliope” was constructed with an important goal in mind: to produce the purest of sounds.
“Real Boy” by Duncan Shotton. A Pinocchio push pin. How clever is this product design? I wish I had invented it first, but I haven’t. Designer Shotton hand-paints each item, and sells the “Real Boy” in packs of two at his online shop. In addition, he has a few other cool products such as the cassette tape dispenser and cloud key holder.