Feb 20, 2012

design based on logical thinking
a basic and practical method to construct form

This is a textbook about design technique by engineering approach,
that is getting the most important part for product development for next generation!

This book explains the foundations and the practice method for creating and developing two-dimensional and three-dimensional modeling from an engineering point of view.
The author, Professor Yamaoka is a specialist in ergonomics and an expert about a product development process of major manufacturers. Needless to say, not only about modeling based on ergonomics, but structuring a design concept,characteristic and processing technique of material, user's sensibility research, and how to evaluate products, this book encompasses design techniques through essential logical thinking in product development.

A special appendix of Yamaoka method [70 points in design] check-list is also included at the end of the book.

Toshiki Yamaoka
Price: 2400yen+tax (ISBN 978-4-86100-805-4)
Format :
150×210㎜,224pages, Softcover with JacketLanguage: Japanese / 24th February 2012
Toshiki Yamaoka
Joined Tokyo Shibaura Electric Co., Ltd. [now Toshiba Corporation].
Graduated Chiba University,Faculty of engineering, Department of Design. Ph.D., Chiba University Graduate School of Science and Technology. Professor in Wakayama University, Faculty of Systems Engineering, Department of Design and Information Sciences (Ph.D.) after head of Research Center for Human Interface Technology Laboratory Research (incl.) Director of Design Center, Toshiba Corporation,. Ergonomics specialist (certified ergonomics expert Japan Ergonomics Research Society), the user interface, industrial design, product development, engineering services, engineering observation, universal design, design management. executive director of Human Ergology Society,executive director of Human-Centered Design Promotion Organization, ISO/TC159 (ergonomics) committee , the United States ergonomics society (HFES) member. As major works,"Human Design Technology "(Morikita Publishing),"Ergonomics lectures in hardware and software design", (Musashino Art University press), "observation engineering to produce a hit product," (Kyoritsu Publishing) etc.

Table of Contents:
Chapter 1
basic principles about modeling

Ⅰ HMI data
Ⅱ sense data
Ⅲ composition elements data
Ⅳ creation data
Chapter 2
what is modeling
Ⅰ what is engineering design and modeling
Ⅱ a reason of shallow modeling
Chapter 3
about modeling methods(three-dimentional)
Ⅰ about form and curve
Ⅱ about simple form
Ⅲ about an accent
Ⅳ about volume
Chapter 4
about modeling methods (two-dimensional)
Ⅰ an abstraction of user's demands
Ⅱ importance of mental model
Ⅲ information structuring
Ⅳ 3 principles of visualization
Ⅴ 6 principles if surface interface design
Chapter 5
how to look in modeling
Ⅰ think modeling from a rendering drawing point of view
Ⅱ check a strength of design elements
Ⅲ check form, accent and volume
Ⅳ modeling seen in semiotics
Ⅴ modeling seen in design sense
Ⅵ analyse and integrate modeling and get an image
Chapter 6
survey modeling image
Ⅰ search modeling image
explore image modeling in a simple way

explore image modeling using correspondence analysis
Ⅳ explore image modeling using FCA
Ⅴ explore a trend of modeling
Chapter 7
make a concept of structured modeling

Ⅰwhat is user's demand
Ⅱwhat is a concept if structured modeling
make a concept of structured modeling
Chapter 8
a way of structured modeling based on a concept
Ⅰ do modeling along structured modeling
processing technique for three-dimensional form

processing technique for two-dimensional form
Chapter 9
evaluate modeling
validate against a concept of structured modeling

formative evaluation (validation)
evaluate using an evaluation criteria
evaluate using a simple pair comparison method
evaluation by AHP
simple evaluation method of product
simple evaluation method of screen (1)
simple evaluation method of screen (2)
Chapter 10
management to modeling
have a strategy to do design

adapt other engineering services
design into one of management strategy
70 necessary points in design

Feb 10, 2012

Pd Recipe Book ―Let's begin sound programming with Pure Data

This is a basic how-to-book about "Pure Data (Pd)", an open source software to learn sound programming
utilizing graphical programming environment. Pd has the same roots as Max/MSP, and plays the sounds by
connecting small boxes called "object" to control data flow.
This gives you a recipe of rhythm machine, synthesizer, and many more to build up interactive system structure.
Suitable for beginners.

Author: Seiichiro Matsumura Price: 3400yen +tax (ISBN 978-4-86100-780-4)
Format: 182×257㎜,344pages, Softcover with Jacket
Language: Japanese / 24th February 2012

This is a basic how-to-book about "Pure Data (Pd)", an open source software to learn sound programming
utilizing graphical programming environment.
"What is sound programming?" "What is different from normal making of music?" "I have never heard about Pure Data, how can I use it?" I can imagine many questions from you.

Plainly speaking, sound programming is to design a play sound by computer programming. It depends on the person who utilizes it if it becomes a "normal music". One might come to the point of what is the definition of "normal music" as proceeding sound programming. The real thrill of it is to make a program by trial and error by approaching sound data directly.

"What if I hit a sound on this condition?"
"What if I create a sound with this data?"
"What if I pull this sound apart and put them into a process
to reconstruct based on a specific rule?"

Through trials and errors like above, the result will be a different value from "normal music".
In short, that will become a value as "YOUR MUSIC".

Computer technology has accomplished a remarkable progress and the environment which surrounds music production has also changed it a lot. The best change is especially that the equipment of music production has become "cheap" and "high performance."
When you would like to make a sound like powerful orchestra, it is possible by around 30,000 yen synthesizer, and, if you would like to attach the effect of rich reverberation to the sound, a free plug-in PC software is developed by volunteers, and is exhibited through internet.

Music software such as the sequencers to create musical sequence (performance data) and
DAW software, which used to be more than 100,000yen once, have fallen to about 20,000yen.
It is just an overwhelming environment for a music creator and the one aim to be.
Moreover, such a tool is very easy-to-use, and it is not so hard to learn the operation method, either. You can master immediately even if you do not know how the inside of the tool operates and is processing as well as you can drive a car even though you do not know a mechanism of an engine.

Of course, I do not intend to deny a user mastering such useful tools overflowing in public, and making a sound and music for one's purpose at all. The merit of getting expected effects easily and quickly brings unfathomable beneficence in music production,and the existence of the tool which helps its realization is indispensable.

However, if one, who has this book in hand, think to get an expression of music or sound from a different point of view? After understanding the principle of sound process as digital data using useful tools such as electronic instruments and software products, which realize as if it is something simple, what if one thought that he would like to try various ideas about the sounds which he had?

It may be said that it is an inefficient distance while swinging by here and there,instead of the distance in a straight line making full use of the useful tools toward the goal of "music to express."

However, it is also true that there are the people those who want to enjoy the process of combining parts and finishing a plastic model of a car over many hours rather than looking at it and enjoying the completed one.
it is no doubt that the same pleasure exists as for sound expression, too. Is it a thorny path that,to dare to choose and apply a trial-and-error method in the present environment where is a flood of useful tools, or is it rather extravagant?

Anyway, this book carries out to help you to go into the world of sound programming, using the excellent programming environment called Pure Data,which excels in approaching and doing a trial-and-error method for sound digital data.

This book is written to conquer two missions.

One is to broaden the world of sound programming for inexperienced people in touch with the way to think about programming and control of data flow.

Pure Data is not a kind of program environment which one inputs a character and write a program source code but has a graphical interface such as connecting a box called 'object' to another box by lining, and create a program called 'patch'. That is totally different interface from other programming languages, there is an easy aspect for inexperienced people in programming.

However,it is easy to enter though, not like a toy at all, a full-scale of sound processing is possible. Explaining about how to assemble the patch of such Pure Data step by step,the essence of sound programming can be learned simultaneously. And this book introduces various "sound ideas" to realize as "recipe" as indicated on the title.

The other one is to overcome a language difficulty.

Pure Data is a free open source software. Consequently, it has been accepted all over the world and there are many users and developers. Also a lot of communities on internet and its workshop is held monthly somewhere in the world. Moreover, many educational authorities apply Pure Data to study sound programming. Not only an academic world,but Pure Data is used in quite a lot of commercial industry.

However,unfortunately, it has not been become popular a lot in Japan. One of the main reasons is a language difficulty.Pure Data is all in English from menu to help file, even communications among communities on internet.
Moreover, no help file or objects (command) has been perfectly gathered based on a reason that it is an open source, or the contents of some files are for those who have already the knowledge of sound programming to some extent. However, I think it is very wasteful not to use this application currently used all over the world, and not to go into the world of sound programming because of its specialty or the barrier of language. So, this book explains to even a fine procedure supposing a beginner to use Pure Data. That is because I would like you to exceed and minimize the barrier of language variance.

I hope this book will help people to get into sound programming world as many as possible and let their ideas into forms in future.

Seiichiro Matsumura


CHAPTER 1 Introduction
 INTERVIEW Frank Barknecht

2.1 Create Pd patch
2.2 Put menu / Help files
2.3 Object and help files
2.4 Details about each menu
 INTERVIEW Gunter Geiger

CHAPTER 3 Rhythm Machine
3.1 A brief overview about Rhythm Machine
3.2 step 1 Upload sound files
3.3 step 2 Play uploaded sound data in Array
3.4 step 3 Record a sequence
3.5 step 4 Play a sequence
3.6 step 5 Unite playing sound and loop sound of sequence
3.7 step 6 Sub patch conversion for easy to look
3.8 step 7 Put an oscillosope to check the sound
3.9 step 8 Operation when patch is open
3.10 step 9 Add tracks

CHAPTER 4 Synthesizer
4.1 A brief overview about Synthesizer
4.2 step 1 Create a simple sine wave
4.3 step 2 Create attack and release of a sound
4.4 step 3 Program a free time code for attack and release of a sound
4.5 step 4 Alteration between attack and release
4.6 step 5 Improvement of Envelope Generator (EG)
4.7 step 6 Set up a slider
4.8 step 7 Put Envelope Generator(EG) part into Abstraction
4.9 step 8 create a sequencer of ON/OFF of sound, Pitch and Velocity
4.10 step 9 Unite synthesizer and sequencer on sine wave
4.11 step 10 Apply modulation for sound amplitude
4.12 step 11 Apply effect
4.13 step 12 Change a wave form of oscillator
4.14 step 13 Create various sound source of synthesizer

4.15 step 14 Apply a filter
 INTERVIEW Aymeric Mansoux

CHAPTER 5 Interactive System
5.1 Free Looper
5.2 Time span and sound at randam
5.3 Control instrumental sound by voice
5.4 Control playback movies by the pitch of voice
5.5 Air drumming through webcam
5.6 Change sound pitch and length freely
5.7 Phrase Slicer
 REPORT Pd-con report

APPENDIX:Pd object reference

also recommended;

Pd-Graz (ed.) bang. Pure Data (1. International PD-Convention Graz)

Kreidler, Johannes loadbang. Programming Electronic Music in Pure Data

Feb 6, 2012

BOX&YOU paper box to color your life

Know how to play with a box?
The way to use it is prismatic, such as for an interior,a gift, and even a fashion item![BOX & NEEDLE], a cynosure shop specialized in the box in Tokyo
proposes numerous ideas to enjoy it in this book.
Not only boxing and stowing but it shows various ways of using a box with great fun.
This book also introduces how to make an original box and remake out-of-use one to a wonderful box.
Let's begin the colorful and pleasant life with a box.

The Supervisor:
Price: 1,600yen + tax (
ISBN:978-4-86100-795-8 )
Format:140×210 ㎜, 112 pages, Softcover with jacket,
Language: Japanese / Release date: 21st February 2012








how to make (basic & advanced)

to remake a box with paper scraps

What is "nikawa" (animal glue)?




Column1: BOX & ME

Yoshiko Takahashi (food designer) 

Ui Nakabayashi (bag designer)

Noriko Okamoto (floral designer)

a journey over the paper