In a plain little nutshell, Design-Ah is a Japanese educational kid’s television series about design, shown on NHK.
Don’t let the fact that it is targeted at kids put you off.
It is the most unpatronising, buoyant and refreshing programme that I have watched on design for a loooooooong time.
Each fast moving rhythmic 14 minute-ish episode is packed with visually pleasing, interesting, inspiring and thought provoking concepts set against quirky sounds. It was made to educate kids. It’s educating me! It’s easy to watch (even if you don’t understand Japanese) and encourages a second look at the kind of everyday objects that I’ve been banging on about lately!
I’m a big fan.
Their website is equally awesome. It’s currently my favourite place to get lost and find myself up to my neck in inspiration.
Loaded with clips to tease you into re-thinking things from the more obvious – “why didn’t I think of it that way before” conjectures to the more; “Wow, Just WOW” moments. The latest clip on their website is a gem and you bet I got my compass out to give it a go | Watch it here |
I watch episodes on YouTube with my 2 year old. Not sure how much he understands – he likes the sounds mostly. I’d like to think that by gently introducing him to concepts of design – we might encourage analytical thinking and also encourage him to question and appreciate his surroundings too.
If you are not familiar with Japanese TV, you might find yourself a bit overwhelmed at how fast moving each episode is. My advice is to just give in to it and go with the flow!
NHK’s Design-Ah website