Interview with Katsumi Tamura at Tuesday 15th of April 2014: DI: What is the main principle, idea and inspiration behind your design?
KT : Life, Nature and City etc. ― all thing's shapes and colors surrounding myself.
DI: What has been your main focus in designing this work? Especially what did you want to achieve?
KT : My designs focus on making a user happy and affluent.
DI: What are your future plans for this award winning design?
KT : I want many people to know our products. Besides, I'm glad that fun of our products increase by taking advantage of this awards.
DI: How long did it take you to design this particular concept?
KT : 4 months
DI: Is your design being produced or used by another company, or do you plan to sell or lease the production rights or do you intent to produce your work yourself?
KT : No.
DI: What sets this design apart from other similar or resembling concepts?
KT : This is designed as functional, beautiful and joyful calendar for corporate promotion.
DI: How did you come up with the name for this design? What does it mean?
KT : It is easy to understand, and has quite impact.
DI: Which design tools did you use when you were working on this project?
KT : Adobe Illustrator
DI: What is the most unique aspect of your design?
KT : It is a unique calendar with 12 pockets.
DI: Who did you collaborate with for this design? Did you work with people with technical / specialized skills?
KT : Executive Creative Director: Motohisa Suzuki, Creative Director: Kunio Maeda / Takuya Okamoto, Producer: Tomoko Ito, Art Director: Katsumi Tamura, Designer: Takahiro Sugawara, Copywriter: Toshiyuki Nagamatsu and Printing Director: Osami Gondaira
DI: What is the role of technology in this particular design?
KT : Our designs and products are supported by precision paper processing technologies.
DI: What are some of the challenges you faced during the design/realization of your concept?
KT : I challenge to bring out character and potential of paper.
DI: How did you decide to submit your design to an international design competition?
KT : I choose competitions which are operated sincerely, and promise a sound effect by getting award.
DI: Any other things you would like to cover that have not been covered in these questions?
KT : No.