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Want to know what "Kansei" is?

For those capable of the German language, in the current issue of PAGE magazine (5.2010) I provide a look at the activities of the Kansei Information Laboratory of the University of Tsukuba. See the full article here or check the link list of the article.

Also covered is the "visual brainstorming" software alchemy by Karl D.D. Willis -- a master's graduate of the University of Tsukuba -- and Jacob Hina, which is a very inspirational tool and I highly recommend anybody who wants to boost creativity to give it a try.

And many thanks to Verena Dauerer, Prof. Toshimasa Yamanaka, Prof. Toshiaki Uchiyama and Karl D.D. Willis!

Japanese Packaging Design column on SNOW Magazine

I am very happy to be a contributor to the Tokyo-based SNOW Magazine, an online magazine providing you with news and guest columns covering the cultural landscape of Japan.

For my monthly column about Japanese Packaging Design, I will pick a talkative example — not necessarily one of the latest trends — and "interview" it about packaging design, consumption, and Japanese culture.

Check the two pieces that are up already: Xylish Chewing Gum’s Transformer Packaging and MUJI’s 100 kcal series.

And thanks to Jean Snow.