Editor’s Picks: 2013 A’ Design Awards

Real Boy Push Pins/Thumb Tacks by Duncan Shotton

It is our second year supporting the A’ Design Awards and Competition, an event showcasing the best-of-the-best in product design, branding, electronic devices and more.

With over a hundred exciting projects from the 2012-13 winners, I have personally reviewed them all and have selected my favorites.

real boy by duncan shotton
Cute pushpins by Duncan Shotton.

Real Boy

A Pinocchio push pin. How clever is this product design? I wish I had invented it first, but I haven’t. Designer Duncan Shotton hand-paints each item, and sells the “Real Boy” in packs of two at his online shop. In addition, he has a few other cool products such as the cassette tape dispenser and cloud key holder.

Images of Standing Message Card “post Animal” by Katsumi Tamura
The assorted paper animals by art director Katsumi Tamura.

Post Animal

In 2012, I had featured Katsumi Tamura’s animal calendar titled “Safari.” This year, he won another award for his message cards (see above), which you or I can write inspiring notes on and offer to loved ones. His past designs are usually all white, or in one solid color, and the appeal of this collection is the multicolor and animal prints. These cards would be great for selling in gift shops.

Cruor Barolo Wine Bottle by Audric Henri Dandres
The refined wine bottle design by Audric Henri Dandres.

Cruor Barolo Wine Bottle




We have all seen this popular illusion of the two faces and chalice, and although it is not a novelty, its implementation on the Cruor Barolo wine bottle is brilliant! Would you like to have a glass of red? It is a suggestive and elegant design by Audric Henri Dandres, who uses black and white in a spot-on way.

Images of Calendar 2013 “town” by Katsumi Tamura
Minimalist calendars by Katsumi Tamura.

Town Calendars

I imagine these calendars being utilized for company branding—e.g. logo on one side, and the days of a month printed on the other—which would result in useful gifts for clients. Who wouldn’t put a cardboard cutout of a town on their desk? I would! Designer Katsumi Tamura is apparently on a roll inventing paper related products, and she should continue to do more.

Amur Tiger Vodka Bottle by Guilherme Jardim
Guilhereme Jardin’s cool vodka bottle design.

Amur Tiger Vodka Bottle

Guilherme Jardin’s packaging design was inspired by the snowy climate of Siberia, as well as the tigers that live in that location. He envisioned a stylish wine label in white, gold and black that would be appealing for a modern cosmopolitan public going to night clubs.

"Slider Folding Bike Bicycle" by Paul Hao Ting Hsu.
The easy to use folding bike by Paul Hao Ting Hsu.

Slider Folding Bicycle

A’ Design has awarded a number of bike creators, but this concept by Paul Hao Ting Hsu was the one that stood out for me. It isn’t complex looking, it is a two-wheeler which can be foldable—and it is practical because you can put it into the trunk of your car, or if you don’t have a garage, place it to the side of your room or hallway.

"Calliope Hi-Fi Turntable" by Deniz Karasahin.
The stylish Hi-Fi turntable by Deniz Karasahin.

Calliope Hi-Fi Turntable

Even if you are not a DJ, you may still want this polished turntable! It was blueprinted based on physic studies of how sound travels, and it’s also a homage to the 50s and 60s music devices. Designed by Deniz Karasahin, the “Calliope” was constructed with an important goal in mind: to produce the purest of sounds.

Photos courtesy of the A’ Design Awards and Competition
Adriana de Barros

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Adriana has created successful projects for over 15 years in the fields of art, design, illustration, fashion and web. She is the Webby-winning designer and editor-in-chief of Illusion (Scene360) magazine. When not online, she is enjoying the quiet life walking her shih tzu at seaside. Follow the author @ Twitter , Instagram, Facebook and view more articles.