Dimension in the Shadows Calendar by Emi Kawasaki and Daisuke Kodama

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DESIGN DETAILS
DESIGN NAME:
Dimension in the Shadows

PRIMARY FUNCTION:
Calendar

INSPIRATION:
It is inspired by light and shadow in daily life, which is existing as a matter of course in every era, in every world and in every season. Each abstract object represents a scene and a moment in changing seasons in Japan. An appearance of black Silhouette combines subtlety and boldness, it casts constantly varying shadow like a sundial. Regardless of age or nationality, those abstract figure call forth variety of personal impressions, and inspire each one to expand individual imagination freely.

UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
Black paperboard is carried out fine laser cut, come out 12 pieces of differently designed monthly calendar cards, mounted each one in a slit of wooden cube. Each figures may causes optical illusion as 3-dimensional. It is worthy for observation as a kind of sculpture, perceive a sharp outline attractively at back light. In every moment, the casted shadow forms different shape from the paper itself according to the light come in, add a little entertainment in everyday scene respectively.

OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
Monthly calendar cards are inserted in a slit of wooden cube. At the place receive sun shine or light that let it make shadow, they show and entertain us slow transforming of light and shadow. It is also as a part of the interior object, people will have enjoyment of replacing each calendar card month by month.

PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
Their originative calendars has been gifted to their clients and business partner on every beginning of the year since the company established 2015. It is not only the tool for expressing gratitude, but also for calling to mind the pure delight and enjoyment of design that has their potential for creativity.

FITS BEST INTO CATEGORY:
Graphics, Illustration and Visual Communication Design

PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
To know and consider the durability of paper and representability by laser cut process, experimental testing was repeated. Using 2 power level of laser, being cut out dates mean Saturday, Sunday and national holiday, other ones of half cutting mean weekdays. It was made fine adjustment to entire balancing with standing posture that depend on the relation between depth and angle of slit when each calendar is inserted in wood cube.

SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
Package dimensions: W146mm x D146mm x H36mm Calendar cards within 135mm square Wood stand: 25mm cube. (Slit angle: 80 degrees, Depth: 20mm)

TAGS:
calendar, desk calendar, laser cut, light and shadow, dimension, black paper, 3D, silhouette, optical illusion, japan

RESEARCH ABSTRACT:
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CHALLENGE:
At the first plan, we had aimed to carry out different effect on the card. It's a technique that scrape some parts extremely thinner by laser cut, so that light could be seen through. This was quite unique approach because it would be appear some places of light "come through" and "see through" mixing on a same paper. But it was required superfine point laser irradiation repeatedly, it causes burnt paper and takes huge amount of time, accordingly, increasing in manufacturing cost. So we changed plan and design as use half cutting for dates number, redesigning by thin line for some parts, those were the realizable plan without load of production speed.

ADDED DATE:
2020-06-25 04:56:18

TEAM MEMBERS (3) :
Art Director & Graphic Designer: Emi Kawasaki, Coordinator: Daisuke Kodama and Print & Processing manufacturer: Shinohara Printing

IMAGE CREDITS:
All image: Photographer Naohiro Isshiki

CLIENT/STUDIO/BRAND DETAILS
NAME:
Shilushi Inc.

PROFILE:
Tokyo based design agency is established in 2015, through the graphic design, branding, web design advertising and consulting, they make efforts to bring out unique individuality of clients, offer solution for corporate identity and brand innovation.

NOMINATION DETAILS

Dimension in The Shadows Calendar by Emi Kawasaki and Daisuke Kodama is a Nominee in Graphics, Illustration and Visual Communication Design Category.

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AWARD DETAILS

Dimension in The Shadows Calendar by Emi Kawasaki and Daisuke Kodama is Winner in Graphics, Illustration and Visual Communication Design Category, 2020 - 2021.



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