Interview with designer Prompong Hakk (PH), regarding views on design, and for the award-winning design Cvision Mbas 2 Automated Immigration Terminal.

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Interview with Prompong Hakk at Thursday 17th of April 2014: DI: What is the main principle, idea and inspiration behind your design?
PH : In order to create a better user experience our external Design language was defined by two contrasting values: sturdy but soft. We wanted users to feel at ease when being asked to use a security device without human operators. In contract to MBAS2, MBAS 1 was designed as a more advanced looking terminal that could have a place at international border crossings such as airports. Its unibody Design keeps everything compact and utilitarian without looking too intimidating.

DI: What has been your main focus in designing this work? Especially what did you want to achieve?
PH : MBAS2 was designed for local border crossings across Thailand's neighboring countries such as Myanmar, Laos or Vietnam. Due to the level of technical exposure of the local users we decided that a personal computer approach would be more suitable as a Design guideline.

DI: What are your future plans for this award winning design?
PH : MBAS2 is in development stage and will soon go for prototyping and testing.

DI: How long did it take you to design this particular concept?
PH : The concept stage of the project lasted for 3 months.

DI: Why did you design this particular concept? Was this design commissioned or did you decide to pursuit an inspiration?
PH : The Design was commissioned by our client Chanwanich Company Limited.

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?
PH : The Design will be produced and managed by Chanwanich Company Limited.

DI: What made you design this particular type of work?
PH : Chanwanich is one of Thailand silent leaders in technology which naturally inspired is to work with them.

DI: Where there any other designs and/or designers that helped the influence the design of your work?
PH : This concept was co-developed by Alexander Anderton who took lead design and Prompong Hakk as Creative Director.

DI: Who is the target customer for his design?
PH : This is a business to government or private security product. Of course it will be used by all sorts of travelers which is why it is equipped with multiple language options.

DI: What sets this design apart from other similar or resembling concepts?
PH : It's milestone in Design when it come to this industry's Design choices.

DI: How did you come up with the name for this design? What does it mean?
PH : MBAS stands for Multi-Biometric-Aquisition-System.

DI: Which design tools did you use when you were working on this project?
PH : Sketching and CAD.

DI: What is the most unique aspect of your design?
PH : The integration of all technical components in this unibody cut out Design that also features a removable fingerprint unit for easy maintenance or other attachments.

DI: Who did you collaborate with for this design? Did you work with people with technical / specialized skills?
PH : All internal engineering was developed in house at shakes.

DI: What is the role of technology in this particular design?
PH : MBAS2 utilizes modern technology to transform the way we cross borders. In this case technology provides the means to make that change. However, it's also technology that often scares us from understanding it fully. This is why we took to designing a terminal that looked welcoming and friendly.

DI: Is your design influenced by data or analytical research in any way? What kind of research did you conduct for making this design?
PH : Partly, we conducted a survey to determine the right angle for the display.

DI: What are some of the challenges you faced during the design/realization of your concept?
PH : The product is in its development stage still.

DI: How did you decide to submit your design to an international design competition?
PH : We came across the A' Design award by accident while looking at an affiliated Designer.

DI: What did you learn or how did you improve yourself during the designing of this work?
PH : Working with Chanwanich for MBAS2 finally allowed us to create an outstanding Design for an industry that's never had any outstanding contribution to its field.

DI: Any other things you would like to cover that have not been covered in these questions?
PH : No.