Konica Minolta Wins Good Design Award 2019 For Four Products
Company Honoured by the JDP for Two Colour MFP Series, Portable Spectrophotometer and Tokyo Planetarium
Mississauga, ON. (November 20, 2019) – Konica Minolta Business Solutions (Canada) Ltd. is pleased to announce Konica Minolta, Inc. (Konica Minolta) has been awarded the Good Design Award 2019 by the Japan Institute of Design Promotion (JDP) for the four of its products.
The Good Design Award is a comprehensive design commendation program implemented by the JDP with a view to highlighting and commending outstanding designs around us in the pursuit of prosperous lives and industrial and social development. The program has a history spanning approximately 60 years, initially implemented in 1957 by the Ministry of International Trade and Industry (present-day Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry) under the name Good Design Selection System, which was more widely known as the G Mark System.
“As a company, Konica Minolta strives to keep design at the centre of every project, creating experiences tailored to each audience we serve. It is an honour to have received the Good Design Award in each of these areas of our business,” said Norm Bussolaro, Sr. Director of Marketing, Konica Minolta Business Solutions (Canada) Ltd. “These awards demonstrate the ability of Konica Minolta to innovate in all areas of business, across departments, divisions, and brands.”
The following products were honoured with a Good Design Award.
bizhub C360i/C300i/C250i, A3 colour MFP series
This next-generation A3 colour MFP series was launched as the bizhub i-series to help corporate customers digitally transform the workplace and support IT services in the office. With its intuitive and ease-of-use operation panel, and the ability to support more advanced IT security, the series helps customers change their work-style and enhance the efficiency of IT the environment.
Comments from the JDP Screening Committee: In renewing the entire range of its MFPs, Konica Minolta has adhered to its design identity of INFO-Palette and succeeded in further refining the concept. The operation panel with a minimum set of keys makes the series more compatible with mobile devices, while improving operability through the user experience, user interface and universal design. As a result, the company has made this series more efficient and easier to use, while reinforcing its design identity. In addition, the neat arrangement of the LED indicator lamp and authentication section, and the improvements made to every detail of the exterior appearance, also earned high scores from the jury.
bizhub C4050i/C3350i/C3320i/C4000i/C3300i, A4 colour MFP series
This A4 colour MFP series was developed as the bizhub i-series by changing the entire range of predecessor MFP models. The series features an intuitive and ease-of-use operation panel, and enhanced cloud connectivity that facilitates access to advanced IT services.
Comments from the JDP Screening Committee: Characteristically, this series builds on and further refines the design identity of INFO-Palette that underlies the entire range of Konica Minolta’s MFPs. While each model of the series has a large operation panel of the same size as that of the A3 MFP, its beautiful slim body allows installation in limited spaces for diverse work styles, which has gained high marks from the jury. Like its A3 version, the operation panel with a minimum set of keys makes the series more compatible with mobile devices, while improving operability through the user experience, user interface and universal design, thus increasing the reliability of this series.
CM-26dG, a spectrophotometer
Despite its light weight of only 660g and compact body, the CM-26dG can measure colour and gloss at the same time. It is used mainly at production sites that manufacture interior parts for automobiles and exterior parts for smartphones and tablets, helping to increase efficiency and reduce manpower in measuring huge numbers of samples, thereby enabling corporate customers to drastically streamline the inspection process.
Comments from the JDP Screening Committee: The CM-26dG can measure colour and gloss at the same time. The built-in integrating sphere of 54mm in diameter and finder, as well as the forward-sloping shape, allow users to measure in spaces inaccessible with conventional products, such as the gap between the front window and dashboard of a car. Its centre-of-gravity position and grip’s shape enable users, both male and female, to hold the product effortlessly, which, coupled with the sleek user interface design, have been highly praised by the jury.
Konica Minolta Planetaria Tokyo
Konica Minolta Planetaria Tokyo has Japan’s first twin domed permanent facilities, Planetarium Dome Theatre and Multipurpose Digital Dome Theatre, where visitors can enjoy a brand-new experience of viewing the starry skies. There are also a virtual reality attraction, café and gift shop, which together constitute an exciting entertainment space.
Comments from the JDP Screening Committee: Planetariums, if used merely for projecting the starry skies, will not be able to survive. To break the stereotypical image of a planetarium, Konica Minolta has opened Planetaria, which offers a more engaging experience to visitors through events, such as live concerts and interactive shows, encouraging visitor participation. While the first Planetaria was opened in Yurakucho (Tokyo), the Planetaria program can be applied to planetariums in rural areas that are at risk of closing. If such rural planetariums are renovated as Planetaria-type facilities, each with its own distinctive local characteristics, they may be able to help solve local problems.
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About Konica Minolta
Konica Minolta Business Solutions (Canada) Ltd. is reshaping and revolutionizing the Workplace of the Future™ (www.reshapework.ca). With our comprehensive portfolio, we deliver solutions to leverage mobility and cloud services and optimize business processes with workflow automation. Konica Minolta's IT Services Division offers a range of IT strategy, support and network security solutions across all verticals. Konica Minolta has been recognized by Brand Keys as the #1 Brand for Customer Loyalty in the MFP Office Copier market for 13 consecutive years. Konica Minolta, Inc. has been named to the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index for eight years in a row. We partner with our customers to give shape to ideas and work to bring value to our society. For more information, please visit www.konicaminolta.ca and follow Konica Minolta on LinkedIn, YouTube, Facebook and Twitter (@KonicaMinoltaCA)
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