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Tombow Pencil 2016 Good Design Award Winners Report
Two items of modified tape “Monoair” and Sharp “Monograph Zero” won the Good Design Award.

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20160929_gmark_1Tombow Pencil Co., Ltd. (Head office, Kita-ku, Tokyo, President, Akihiro Ogawa) was released in June 2016 with the light force of the Correction Tape ” MONO Air”, and the fine-precision Eraser released in August 2016 Plastic EraserThe two new products of the mechanical pencil ” MONO graph zero (MONO graph Zero)” were awarded the 2016 Good Design award of the Japan Design Promotion Association of Japan.
At the same time, we are pleased to see that the two new products from the “MONO” brand that we have raised over the half century from 1963 have been honored as “good Design”. We hope to contribute to the design promotion that enriches our lives through our products.
We would like to thank all of you for recommending our products.

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2016 Good Design award Tombow Pencil Winning products

Product 1 ” MONO Air” Mono air
20160929_gmark_2Release date: June 8, 2016
Retail Price: 250 yen (270 yen including tax)
Product Features: The tape drawing force had become heavier when the tape remaining amount was reduced to the previous Correction Tape . This product has a new built-in mechanism to control the tape running by using the force to push and release the correction head to the paper, and to halve the tape drawing force (our conventional product ratio). This light weight is the world’s lightest (our survey).
Details → http://www.tombow.com/press/160601/

Producer Tombow Pencil Co., Ltd. Product Planning Dept. Planning 1 Group Watanabe Hiroki
Director Tombow Pencil Co., Ltd. Product Planning Department, Memento Kazunori
Designer Tombow Pencil Co., Ltd. Product Planning Dept. Memento Kazunori
The judges commented that the product was reviewed from a fundamental structure, and the experience of the use was greatly improved. The balance of the appearance design is good, and the operability is considered well.

Winning product 2 “monograph Zero” MONO graph
Zero Release date: 8 Aug 201620160929_gmark_3
Retail Price: 600 yen (648 yen with tax)
Product Features: Before the spread of CAD and the like, the guide pipe , which was widely used as a mechanical pencil for drafting, precision writing mechanical pencil employing a low center of gravity knurl grip (2 kinds of 0.5 mm core/0.3 mm core). Newly equipped with a twist eraser feed Plastic Eraser with a diameter of 2.3 mm and 25 millimeters in length, the knock part, to precisely correct the precise writing, to meet the needs of both in one book, to double the joy of writing (draw) by hand.
Details → http://www.tombow.com/press/160725/
Producer Tombow Pencil Co., Ltd. Product Planning Department Planning 2 Group Kazuki Kunita
Director Tombow Pencil Co., Ltd. Product Planning Department, Memento Kazunori
Designer Tombow Pencil Co., Ltd. Product Planning Dept. Planning 2 Group Kazuki Kunita
Jury comments the product planning and design that used the company’s brand assets were evaluated. It’s a great point to have a new user experience that can be pinned down.

* What is the Good design award?
The Good Design Award is sponsored by the Japan Design Promotion Association, which aims to lead our lifestyles, industries and society as a whole, through the selection of “Good design” from the various events that will be developed. A comprehensive design recommendation system.
It was founded in 1957 by the Ministry of Trade and Industry (now METI), and it has been implemented for about 60 years since the “Good Design Product Selection system (aka G Mark System)”. The target spans all areas of design, with approximately 1,200 awards each year and about 43,000 in 59 years. In addition, the “G mark” is allowed to be applied to the design that won the Good Design award. “G Mark” has been playing its role as an indicator of “good design” for more than half a century since its founding.

Japan Design Promotion Association WEBSITE http://www.g-mark.org/

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