Design Academia - 国公立デザイン系大学会議

Participating University TagsKyushu University

Kyushu University’s School of Design was founded in 1968 as Japan’s first Institute of Design to offer education and research in the field of design. The institute started with four departments (Environmental Design, Industrial Design, Visual Communication Design, and Acoustic Design). In 1997, the number of departments increased to five with the establishment of the Department of Art and Information Design. Then, in 2003, the institution integrated with Kyushu University. From 2020, the school has only one department, Department of Design, with five courses and a flexible curriculum that allows students to study based on their interests.
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How do We adapt Technology into Human Life?

Kyushu University’s School of Design was founded in 1968 as Japan’s first Institute of Design to offer education and research in the field of design. The institute started with four departments (Environmental Design, Industrial Design, Visual Communication Design, and Acoustic Design). In 1997, the number of departments increased to five with the establishment of the Department of Art and Information Design. Then, in 2003, the institution integrated with Kyushu University. From 2020, the school has only one department, Department of Design, with five courses and a flexible curriculum that allows students to study based on their interests. The School of Design aims to train students to become designers who possess […]

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2021.7.2

COVID-19 and "Humanization of Technology"

Behind the “humanization of technology” as the founding philosophy of the Kyushu Institute of Design is an urgent need for the appropriate use of science and technology for the realization of people’s well-being in order to solve the various social problems associated with the rapid economic growth. Today, fifty years later, we are facing serious social issues brought about by a pandemic, and the important task is to overcome these difficulties and restore human life through “humanization of technology”. How did Kyushu University Faculty of Design Respond? Due to the impact of COVID-19, which has been spreading since the beginning of 2020, Kyushu University has decided to conduct all classes […]

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2021.7.2

Japan-China Design Symposium and Asia Design Symposium Report

On November 29, 2020, Japan-China Design Symposium was held at the Design Common, a learning support facility on Kyushu University’s Ohashi Campus in Fukuoka. It was initially scheduled in February of the same year but was postponed due to the coronavirus outbreak. The symposium was held online with five Chinese universities and three Japanese universities participated. The plenary session was held with simultaneous interpretation provided in Japanese, Chinese, and English.The theme of the first part was “The Current Status of Design Universities in Japan and China and the Potential and Effects of International Exchange”. Chinese and Japanese universities reported on their educational policies and initiatives in design-related faculties. In both […]

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2021.4.21

SDGs Design International Awards 2020

In response to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) set by the United Nations, the SDGs Design Unit of the Faculty of Design, Kyushu University has established the SDGs Design International Awards 2019 to tackle the challenges facing humanity through design. The goal is to solicit design ideas that may change society from students worldwide, share their solutions widely, and apply them to create a sustainable society. In 2020, the competition theme was “Overcoming the Pandemic, Design for Evolution” and we received 184 submissions from high schools and higher educational institutions from 15 countries around the world. There were a wide range of ideas, including ideas for immediate responses to an […]

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2021.4.20

Joint Research: Hitachi, Ltd. Design Headquarters (at the time)

Proposal for Strategic Task Execution Methods for Design Projects – Using Information Design as an Example This proposal aims to use the concepts of “understanding characteristics of design projects” and “extracting success factors and risk hedging factors” to inform its research purpose, which is to establish which methods allow design projects to be executed in a strategic manner in line with the basic management processes of strategy formulation. In “Characteristics of Design Projects,” items for evaluation have been collected and organized based on past research into R&D, with 17 classifications of strengths and weaknesses (Table 1) and 13 classifications of opportunities and threats (Table 2) for an overall total of […]

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2020.12.18

Design Development for the "Student Study Notebooks" Industry-academia Collaboration Project(Received the Good Design Award in 2017/2020)

This article is about a project jointly developed by Kyushu University and a local company. This joint study is the development of the design of a “student’s notebook for studying” in which students design a notebook that students really want. This study was conducted by the Kyushu University Faculty of Design’s Sugimoto Laboratory with Sanko Co., Ltd., a comprehensive printing business that is based in Imari, Saga Prefecture.This notebook was designed by the students themselves, and as such the project was undertaken as part of an industry-academic collaboration project, where students from Kyushu University’s Faculty of Design and Graduate School of Design participated. The three notebooks developed in 2016 and […]

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2020.12.18

Kyushu University, Takagi Co., Ltd., and National Institute of Technology - Kurume College collaborate on "IoT in Our Lives," a joint design engineering project

The Akita Laboratory of the Faculty of Design at Kyushu University carried out a joint design engineering project in 2018 and 2019 as part of their education and research activities together with product designers and engineers from Takagi Co., Ltd., experts in electrical and electronic engineering from the National Institute of Technology – Kurume College, experts in system design engineering from Kyushu University, and students in the design strategy department. This project explores the ideal form of the IoT (Internet of Things) in our daily lives from the perspective of both design and engineering, with the purpose of proposing “ways of feeling” and products which enable us to feel the […]

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2020.10.9

2020 Asia Digital Art Award FUKUOKA, Call for Competition

Asia Digital Art Award FUKUOKA, established in 2001 here in Kyushu, Japan, encourages the creation of digital contents that combine top-notch technology with Asian sensibility. The competition strives to spread the notion of “high-level artistic expression based on logical thinking” by recognizing digital contents creators who represent Asian culture. This world-class Media Art competition serves to encourage the digital contents industry of Japan as well as realizing the potential of authentic digital media throughout Asia. All of us at Asia Digital Art Award FUKUOKA are looking forward to meeting Asia’s next generation of creators.   【2020 Asia Digital Art Award Guidelines for Application】 Categories ○General Category:For those who aim for […]

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2020.8.18

Kami Amakusa City and Kyushu University Signed an Agreement “To Build a New Everyday Life”

Center for Designed Futures of Kyushu University and Kamiamakusa City have signed a comprehensive cooperation agreement to cooperate with the aim of realizing new daily regional revitalization.Through the agreement, we will take the opportunity to develop an optical fiber network as an opportunity to build a new everyday model of Kamiamakusa City with a view to realizing Society 5.0 and SDGs through digital transformation. In the future, we will discuss and deepen the new way of life and lead to policies that contribute to regional revitalization, and promote the efforts to use the design to make the municipality a new figure.

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2020.8.13

SDGs Design International Awards 2020, Call for Competition

We are calling for ‘design’ that can save the world, from students all over the world who are interested in design. The SDGs Design International Awards will be held again this year to show good solutions to the world.We are soliciting creative ideas to solve social issues from students all over the world. There are things we can contribute to solving social issues! We are waiting for applications from the younger generation who are trying to solve complex social problems. Theme “Overcoming the pandemic, Design for evolution” Innovation is needed to overcome a pandemic that poses a crisis to the world. We are looking for innovative ideas to evolve future […]

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2020.6.10

SDGs Design International Awards 2019 "Final Presentation and Award Ceremony" Part 2

The results have finally been announced (click here for the previous part). After the presentation, Professor Yasuyuki Hirai of Kyushu University, Faculty of Design, gave a comment on each work and a general comment on this award. In addition, the comments of the three groups who were interviewed at the venue on that day will also be posted. Grand Prize: Extended Island Zhejiang A&F University Tang Zhongyu, Zheng Qingqing, Xu Mengting, Zhang Qing and Miao Wenqi Review The floating mass system, which uses seaweed cultivation, creates a sea forest in the intertidal zone and the coast to restore the ecosystem, is convincing and highly evaluated. It is also wonderful that […]

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2020.3.15

SDGs Design International Awards 2019 "Final Presentation and Award Ceremony" Part 1

The “SDGs Design International Awards 2019” was held in 2019 by the Kyushu University, Faculty of Design’s SDGs Design Unit and Center for Designed Futures, inviting students from around the world to submit innovative ideas and designs addressing SDGs. On March 14th, 2020 (Saturday), the “SDGs Design International Awards 2019 Final Presentation and Award Ceremony” was held in the multi-purpose building at Kyushu University’s Ohashi Campus. The theme for this competition was “Changing the World through Design.” Students from around the world with interest in design were invited to submit their ideas on how to solve various issues. This competition served as an opportunity for the youth, the leaders of […]

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2020.3.15

New Design Education Starting in 2020

Kyushu University School of Design was formed in 2003 when Kyushu Institute of Design merged with Kyushu University. The institute was established in 1968 with four departments, namely Environmental Design, Industrial Design, Visual Communication Design, and Acoustic Design. In 1997, the department of Art and Information Design was established as the fifth department. Since the establishment, there have been numerous social issues involving a change in values, such as declining birth rate and aging population, global environmental problems, and the sustainability of economic activities. As such, it is necessary to reexamine design education, given that the design field is expanding due to the present issues. Currently, the field of design […]

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2019.9.13