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2020

GOOD DESIGN|グッドデザイン・ベスト100

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Award-winning item
Sound Logo [The sound of Earthquake Early Warning System]
Business Owner
NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corporation)
Category
Media
Company
NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corporation) (Japan)
Award Number
20G181182
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Outline of Good Design Award winners 2020

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Outline

When the Japan Meteorological Agency's Earthquake Early Warning is issued, NHK uses this sound for letting people know that a strong tremor is expected, and urging people to prepare for it.

Producer

Disaster & Safety Information Center, NHK

Director

Department of Sound Design, Design Center, NHK

Designer

Supervised by Science and Technology Research Laboratories, NHK (Guest Researcher Toru Ifukube, Professor Emeritus of the University of Tokyo)

More information

https://www.nhk.or.jp/sonae/bousai/howtochaim.html

Already in service/use
2007/10/1

Evaluation

With the digitalization of various things around us and the proliferation of information that cannot be communicated solely by visual means, sound design is going to become increasingly important. As a sound that is instantly noticeable to everyone who hears it, yet encourages people to act calmly without panicking, the Earthquake Early Warning chime is, we believe, one of the most outstanding examples of design that protects human life.

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