Konica Minolta Wins Good Design Award for A3 Monochrome MFP “bizhub 367/287/227” and Mobile Application “bizhub Remote Access”
Tokyo (October 9, 2015) – Konica Minolta is pleased to announce that the company has been awarded Good Design Award 2015 by Japan Institute of Design Promotion (JDP) for its A3 monochrome MFP (multi-functional peripheral) bizhub 367/287/227,” and its mobile application “bizhub Remote Access.” It is highly recognized that both hardware and software are designed in a wholly balanced manner.
The design concept of products, the reasons for their selection, and features of products are as follows:
Design Concepts of “bizhub 367/287/227” and “bizhub Remote Access”
“bizhub 367/287/227” and “bizhub Remote Access” follow bizhub series’ unified concept “INFO-Palette,” and set the goal both in achieving total design and strong brand for products, after-sales support and promotional materials.
The bizhub 367/287/227 have operation panel smaller than the more high-speed upper models. On the panel, text and multi-touch icons are widened properly while equal visibility and operability are kept: they are easy for users to understand and operate its multiple functions.
bizhub Remote Access enables not only remote operation from almost anywhere in the office, but also comfortable and efficient operational performance by displaying the MFP panel screen on the user’s favorite mobile device.
Comments from Screening Committee of JDP
As the collective design concept for bizhub series MFPs, “INFO-Palette” is utilized. Since user contact points are concentrated to symbolic white-plate motif on the MFPs’ front side, its contrast to the black body is intuitively recognized by users as operation and control component.
Regarding accessibility, remote operation from mobile devices that are used on daily basis, easiness to hold grip of paper cassette from upper and lower side, color universal design including screen display, and comfortable flick operations are thoughtfully designed for various office workers.
Hardware and software are designed in a wholly balanced manner.
bizhub Remote Access display image
Features of “bizhub 367/287/227” and “bizhub Remote Access”
“bizhub 367/287/227” are monochrome MFPs that Mobile Touch Area is newly added on the operation panel and cooperation with mobile device is further enhanced. When the application for mobile device, “bizhub Remote Access” is installed, users can do remote operation by displaying the MFP panel screen on the device screen. For users, a corporate mobile printing environment based on the BYOD approach offers maximum flexibility and convenience. In addition, the MFPs achieve the top class 0.5 W power consumption ratio during the sleep mode, and users are able to realize environmental consideration by looking at power consumption and eco-level displayed on the panel.
About Good Design Award
The Good Design Award is a sole comprehensive design evaluation and commendation system in Japan since 1957. For more than 55 years, the Good Design Award has been given to outstanding designs for the creation of culture for the new era in the pursuit of prosperous lives and industrial development. Approximately 40,000 Good Design Awards have been given in continuing these efforts during 55 years so far, with around 1,000 awards annually. “G Mark,” the symbol of the award, has been recognized widely as a mark representing good design.