My Football Kit by nendo

Non-inflatable soccer ball for impoverished communities of the world

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项目创造了一种简化版的足球,让儿童可以有机会玩耍享受,从而实现推广足球运动,增加球员数量。

A project to develop a simplified soccer ball so children could have a chance to play and enjoy soccer, in the hope of popularizing the sport and increasing the player numbers.

▼简化的足球,simplified soccer ©Akihiro Yoshida

在世界上的贫困地区,除了难以获得常规的足球,购买后的足球如何保养也成了一大问题,因为当地缺乏气泵,而足球内的气管也会受损恶化。为了解决这个问题,设计师设计了一种不需要充气的足球,其脚感和常规的足球一样。设计的灵感来自日本传统竹编球。这款足球由54个部件组成,分为三种类型,利用表面材料的弹性代替了内部气体的压力。

▼设计概念,design concept ©nendo

In impoverished communities of the world, aside from the difficulties in obtaining the regular soccer ball itself, its maintenance presents a barrier even once purchased, whether because of the unavailability of air pumps or the deterioration and damage of the tube inside the ball. As an answer to this problem, a non-inflatable soccer ball that gives the same sense of kicking as a standard ball was devised, its development inspired by the structure of the traditional Japanese woven bamboo ball. Assembling three types of components for a total of 54 parts results in a soccer ball that, instead of relying on internal air pressure, makes use of the resilience of its surface material.

▼足球由54个构件组成,可以装在很小的包装袋中,the soccer is composed of 54 components, which can be shipped in compact packages ©Akihiro Yoshida

▼构件相互搭接,形成足球,components creating the soccer through an interlocked structure ©Akihiro Yoshida

足球由柔软的回收聚丙烯和富有弹性的合成树脂组成,不会对赤脚造成伤害,在碰触到尖锐表面时也不容易破损。互锁的结构保证了足球在使用时不会有构件脱落导致解体。这种结构拥有高维护性和高经济性,只要替换破损的构件,就可以继续使用,让足球拥有了更长的寿命。此外,这款足球可以以拆散的状态放在小包装中运输,有望减少运输费用。

The soft, recycled polypropylene and elastomeric synthetic resin components won’t hurt bare feet, and are unlikely even if broken to develop a sharply fractured surface that might cause injuries. Should a component come off during play, the interlocking structure ensures the ball will not disassemble. It provides high maintainability and economic efficiency in that it can be restored by replacing only the broken components, achieving one ball’s long duration of use. Components may be shipped in disassembled states in compact packages, potentially cutting shipping costs.

▼组装完的足球外观,appearance of the soccer after assembly ©Akihiro Yoshida

▼足球细部,closer view to the soccer ©Akihiro Yoshida

▼柔软的材料不会伤害到赤脚,soft materials will not hurt bare feet ©Akihiro Yoshida

 

同样的部件设有不同的颜色,儿童在安装的时候可以选择自己的配色,进一步强化了儿童与足球之间的连接,从而更加喜欢这项运动。安装说明书被设计成了一本画册,由没有文字、容易理解的图像组成,不同国家和地区的儿童都可以读懂。足球的包装袋还可以用作背包,让孩子们能够背着组装好的足球四处走动。

The availability of multiple colors for the same components also helps children to strengthen their attachment to the ball through the assembling work in their own color scheme, leading to a greater appreciation of play. The instructions for assembly are therefore designed like a picture book, depicted entirely in easily understood illustrations with no text so children across the globe can handle. A packaging sack was also designed so as to be used to carry around the ball like a knapsack later on.

▼相同构件设有不同颜色,different colors to the same component ©Akihiro Yoshida

▼简洁易懂的安装说明书帮助儿童组装足球,instruction book with easily understood illustrations helps children to assemble the soccer ©Akihiro Yoshida

▼包装也可作为背包,packaging sack also can be used as a knapsack ©Akihiro Yoshida

足球上还可以打印原创的logo,或者开发出属于特定品牌的配色,设计团队希望利用这种商业模型吸引公司团体、以及不同的教育机构和俱乐部投资。

With potential for printing original logos or developing brand-specific color schemes, the business model anticipates the contributions of companies and organizations to various educational institutions and club teams.

▼不同配色的足球,soccers in various color schemes ©Akihiro Yoshida

Collaborator : nrs, mto
Photographer : Akihiro Yoshida

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