Konica Minolta, Inc. (Konica Minolta) has been awarded the Good Design Award 2015 by the Japan Institute of Design Promotion (JDP) for its A3 monochrome multifunctional peripheral devices (MFP) bizhub 367/287/227 and its mobile application bizhub Remote Access. It received high recognition for its hardware and software, both distinguished for their well-balanced design.
With respect to the bizhub 367/287/227, the jury pointed out the symbolic white plate on the MFPs’ front side, which stood in stark contrast to its black body. Since user contact points are concentrated here, it can be intuitively recognised by users as an operation and control component. Its smart design delivers enhanced usability and higher productivity along with improved user guidance. Text and multi-touch icons on the touchscreen panel of the monochrome A3 MFPs’ panel are widened properly while retaining equal visibility and operability: They are easy for users to understand, and its multiple functions are easy to operate. In addition, the MFPs achieve the top class 0.5 W power consumption ratio during the sleep mode, and users are able to comply with environmental concerns by looking at power consumption and eco-level, which are displayed on the panel.
bizhub Remote Access allows usage of the bizhub device from Android and iOS smartphones and tablets. Based on the BYOD approach, it displays the MFP panel screen on the mobile device and enables the remote operation from almost anywhere in the office, offering maximum flexibility and convenience for office workers. It is also a step further to MFP accessibility for office users with serious mobility problems. Equipped with a smartphone or tablet, they can also access the MFP functions in a more convenient and comfortable way.
All in all, the jury commented that with respect to accessibility, remote operation from mobile devices that are used on a daily basis were vastly enabled by bizhub Remote Access. Additional features such as easy-to-hold grip of paper cassette from upper and lower side, matching colour design, including screen display, and comfortable multi-touch operations are thoughtfully designed for office workers of all sorts. Hardware and software are both distinguished by their well-balanced design.
About the Good Design Award
The Good Design Award is a unique and comprehensive system of design evaluation and commendation in Japan, which has been awarded since 1957. For more than 55 years, the Good Design Award has been given to outstanding designs reflecting the culture of a new era, aiming at the pursuit of prosperity and industrial development. Approximately 40,000 Good Design Awards have been bestowed in order to continue these efforts for 55 years now, adding up to around 1,000 awards annually. “G Mark”, the iconic symbol of the Award, has been recognised widely as a mark representing good design.
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