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AXIS vol.192

April 2018
Cover Illustration: Yasuhiro Suzuki
Feature
Feature

Authentication & Security in the near future.

The need for authentication is on the rise, such as when starting up your smartphone or computer, making electronic payments, accessing a secure room, or requesting a DNA test. What role can design serve regarding the increasing situations requiring authentication and the authentication methods themselves? In this issue we contemplate new relationships linking society and the individual from the proposals of creators and the latest initiatives regarding authentication technology and security.

Leaders
Leaders

Masataka Hosoo [Brand Director, Hosoo Co., Ltd.]

Applying skills that are unique to Nishijin that has 1,200 years of tradition, Hosoo is marketing Nishijin-ori (Nishijin weave) not as obi (kimono sashes) but as material overseas as well. In addition to receiving intense attention from the top fashion houses, Hosoo has been discussed frequently for its future-focused collaborations with major electrical appliance and car manufacturers. Hints to revitalize making things in Japan are packed into its culture and processes that are expanding its field.

Insight
Insight

A landscape evolving from bicycle sharing services
—Mobike sets its sights on global development

Mobike became the largest bicycle sharing company in about two years from its launch in Shanghai in April, 2016. The project has garnered great expectations not just as an easy, eco-friendly means of transportation, but also as a way to alleviate chronic traffic congestion in cities. We talked with Gao Shusan, the head of Mobike's design department, about the design and technology that supports the service, and the company's vision for developing Mobike globally.

Insight
Insight

Indian handwork supporting high fashion

Exceptional handwork skills in India have recently been contributing to new ways of making things apart from traditional ethnic craftwork. Stole brand ÉPICE established in Paris by Danish designers Bess Nielsen and Jan Machenhauer, and Akira that is based in Sidney and active in the Paris Collection are also paying attention to them. Using these two brands as examples, we explored the sites of collaboration between Indian handwork skills and high fashion.

Insight
Insight

Developing into a company that provides platforms for mobility
—Toyota's e-Palette Concept

What will become possible with automated driving? This has been a major theme for car manufacturers for several years now. It is nice to relax and watch a video inside the car, but a greater world will unfold if automated driving could be used more effectively in mobility services. The e-Palette Concept Toyota unveiled at the 2018 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas in January. There, one could see the determination of Toyota to become the platformer for mobility services.