Announcing the Winners of You Fab 2012

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Unveiling the five winners of our international digital fabrication design contest. MacBook cover design data available to purchase at FabCafe.com.

"I really like the humor behind the ants carrying off the piece of apple. It took me a while to realize that the piece was the missing part of the Apple logo, which I thought was very clever and witty,” Chief Editor of US Make magazine Mark Frauenfelder.

Loftwork Inc., a leading Japanese creative agency and host of the global open platform for creative talent Loftwork.com, announced the winners of its laser cutter design competition, You Fab 2012. The competition is a digital fabrication initiative rolled out by Loftwork Inc. and Japan’s first-ever café to feature a laser cutter, FabCafe, which opened its doors in Tokyo’s buzzing Shibuya in March 2012.

You Fab 2012, designed to drive awareness among creators about the allures of digital fabrication (fab), attracted a total of 359 entry submissions from around the world. The competition consisted of two categories; the MacBook category which called for engraved MacBook cover designs and the Free Fab category where creators were free to choose their own materials and theme.

Five winners were selected by a panel of judges made up of some of the world’s top creators who have contributed to shaping the global creative scene. The judges included Astrid Klein and Mark Dytham from Klein Dytham architecture (KDa), Chief Editor of US Make magazine Mark Frauenfelder, and Hiroya Tanaka who is the founder of FabLab Japan. Judge Mark Frauenfelder commented on the winning entry—Ants!! by Annie—saying, “I really like the humor behind the ants carrying off the piece of apple. It took me a while to realize that the piece was the missing part of the Apple logo, which I thought was very clever and witty”.

Digital data of the winning entries will be available to buy and download through FabCafe’s online service FabCafe.com. This means, providing you have access to a laser cutter, you can recreate the winning entries wherever you are in the world (data scheduled to go on sale from November). This marks the start of a new format to selling creative works, made possible by digital technology and the Internet. (Mac Fab designs are 2500JPY; Free Fab designs TBD.)

You Fab 2012 Winners

Mac Fab Category:
Winner:

Grand Prize

Creator: Annie
Title: Ants!!
http://www.loftwork.com/portfolios/annie/archive/341695

Special Awards (3 Winners)

Creator: zuca
Title: tatami
http://www.loftwork.com/portfolios/zuca/archive/341566

Creator: Kumi
Title: Harvest Time! (Sa, shukaku shiyo)
http://www.loftwork.com/portfolios/min2020/archive/340585

Creator: jyari
Title: green apple
http://www.loftwork.com/portfolios/jyari/archive/339488

Free Fab Category
Winner

Creator: Yusuke Ono
Title: 360°Book
http://www.loftwork.com/portfolios/oonoyusuke/archive/341636

Special Awards 
After much deliberation, the judges decided not to present any special awards for this category.

You Fab 2012 Competition Overview

Competition period: July 12 - August 31, 2012
Targets: Registered users of the creators’ portal site Loftwork.com (Approx. 16,000)
Number of submissions: 359
Number of entrants: 150
Judges:
Klein Dytham Architecture
Mark Frauenfelder (Chief Editor of US Make magazine)
Toshiya Fukuda (Director and Creative Director of 777 Interactive
Hiroya Tanaka (Founder of FabLab Japan)
Kotaro Iwaoka (FabCafe Director)

About Loftwork.com
http://www.loftwork.com/
Loftwork.com is a portal site for creators and boasts approximately 16,000 users.
Since its inception in 2000, Loftwork.com has aspired to showcase and share creators’ works, offer an outlet for them to support each other’s initiatives, sell creators’ works, and provide a platform to discover potential business opportunities. Loftwork.com also regularly rolls out unique and exciting competitions for creators.

About FabCafe
http://www.fabcafe.com/
The FabCafe, a cafe for digital creation, opened its doors in Tokyo’s buzzing Shibuya in March 2012. The cafe boasts a laser cutter and various other digital technology that offer an exciting outlet for people to unleash their creative spirit. It has quickly gained attention from people all over Japan and abroad as a café that offers a revolutionary new style of creation.

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