About

Note: The futuristic gadgets introduced before 2012 on this blog are all concepts.

About Me

Hi, I’m Mac (Makoto) Funamizu. I’m President/Designer of Enfani, a design firm I founded. For the first 10+ years of my career, I had been a teacher of English and an interpreter. Changed my career path in 2005 to become a designer.

By combining my presentation methods and visualization skills which I acquired through my teaching career and design sense, I can always create user-centered designs that captivate and magnetize users’ attention.

I believe that design is communication.
Out-of-the-box way of thinking is one of my attributes.
Good at creating sophisticated, instrumental and playful designs that also makes you want to touch.

I love Apple Macintosh & iPods, Google and Starbucks, so there are many posts about their products in my old posts. The recent posts focus on my new business in education and games for kids.

For more stories about me, please visit Storys.jp.


FAQs

1. Why I’m doing this
I love to design stuff. So originally I enjoyed designing desktop wallpapers for personal use, but I found it much more fun to design something more unique. I have a lot of crazy drawings in my Moleskine, so I started having them rendered nicely to introduce to everyone here. It’s kind of practice to improve my design skills. But recently I’ve started to think it might be more fun to do it professionally. I decided to make this my main career and started freelancing.

2. Where you can buy items introduced here
Nowhere. They’re just concepts.

3. Whether I plan to develop the works into products
I’m not planning to (or I just can’t by myself), but it would be great if someone could really do it. I’m not interested in earning money out of this, so feel free to contact me if you ever think you can do it.Yes, some of them. Please contact me if you are interested in developing any of them.

4. What applications I use to design
I usually use Google Sketchup to model, Photoshop and Illustrator to finish, but recently I’ve started using Shade, which can cover all those apps.

5. How you can get higher resolution images
Contact me. It would be easier for me if you could specify which one/s you want.

Here you can see the thumbnails of almost all the items introduced in this blog.

6. If you can use the image/s here
Go ahead. Feel free to. But it would be great if you could contact me first and mention my name and blog url in your article.


Links

Portfolio site
Pinterest
Twitter
Behance Network


Contact

email

To magazine and TV editors who want to use the image/s in this blog
Some images of the early posts are available only in low resolution. I would appreciate if you could understand.

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  1. Thanks to all your interest, Petitinvention is chosen one of “Blogs of the Day” of WordPress for December 18, 2007. I really appreciate everyone who visited Petitinvention. I’ll introduce more and more interesting ideas for the coming holidays and next year. Looking forward to your comments!

  2. Hi.
    Thanks to all of your interest, petitinvention was chosen again as one of blogs of the day by wordpress.
    http://botd.wordpress.com/

    So far, “Future of Internet: Mobile version” post has been blogged in more than 50 other blogs including Yanko Design, which I’ve wanted my idea to be picked at (Thanks, Takashi!).

    Hope I can have more comments so I can think of better ideas to share!

  3. Hey Mac,

    Another fan of your work, just wondering if the google guys have been beating down your door. They should be, your concepts are brilliant and they will definitely affect different industries and undoubtedly people on the whole.

    As an Information Architect and (web) Interface Designer your Mobile version definitely has me thinking about how the nature of my own work should evolve for these type of emerging technologies. It has me looking forward and re-conceptualizing the way I strategise and design for the user interface and user. Thank you and keep on inspiring others!

    BTW not that it really matters, but even Kanye West loves your concept. Your design was featured in one of his blog posts, but he failed to link back to your site :(.

  4. Hi Mac! I really liked your idea about the Transparent Slide Mobile Encyclopedia. I am doing a project on Emerging Technologies and want to showcase and share your concept in the classroom.I would really appreciate it if you could share some more pictures or videos and explain us about the basic technology that is used in developing this gadget as i come from a non-technical background:)) Thanks a Lot!

  5. dear mac,

    i work for the belgian magazine focus knack (sort of like rolling stone and the face into one) and we would like to do a short piece on ‘the looking glass’ in our e-section.

    do you have some photos in high resolution that we can use them in the magazine?

    of course we’ll also put a link to your website under the article.

    my deadline is friday morning but if you could already send me stuff sooner, that would be great.

    thanks a lot,

    ben

  6. Levitat, thanks for your comment.
    I know almost nothing about patent in Japan. ‘Cause I’m doing this just for fun!

  7. Hi Mac–I’m an amateur inventor and I love your ideas. If you are open to collaboration I would love to get in contact with you. My email and website are included. Thanks!

  8. Just wanted to quickly say that I really enjoyed your ideas. They are extremely interesting and thought provoking. Subscribing now!

  9. hi,
    my name is kumail, your work is truly amazing.
    have you ever heard about linux ubuntu ,
    it is a very famous operating system booming and increasing in market share.

    it is free and open source which mean any one an use and help create it.

    i really like the idea of the thrash can icon changing with time , and the cd with the space.

    i would recommend it if you could participate and provide them with the ideas so they could implement them on the operating system.

    anyways , keep up the good work, and it would be a shame if it all went waste.

    good luck

  10. Hi Kumail, thank you very much for your comment and suggestion. I’ve heard of linux ubuntu, but didn’t know what it really is. I’ll take a look to see what I can do. Thanks!

  11. ピンバック: help me design my invention
  12. Hi Mac,

    Like your work very much.

    I’m an editor of a Chinese online magazine (www.noline.net.cn). This online magazine focuses on ads, design, innovation, invention on new media. Any new and fresh ideas are welcome.

    If you agree, I hope to cover your inventions on our website, of course we’ll indicate the author and put your link address on. Besides, we’ll explain your works in Chinese to the huge Chinese market.

    Please drop me a line when you have time.

    Good day. 🙂

    Jane
    Greeting from China

  13. Jane
    Thank you so much for your contact! Yes, of course I agree. Please tell me if there’s anything you need.

  14. Hello all,

    I really feel out of my dept here but here goes. I’m the MD of an international search company in Germany. We’ve been working on and off with Vodafone for over 5 years and are recruiting heavily at the moment for their Düsseldorf/London offices. We’re current looking for Conceptual Designers, UI/UE Managers and several heavyweight management roles.

    If anyone would like to look over some Job Descriptions then please do not hesitate in contacting me directly. I look forward in speaking with anyone interested.

    Kind Regards

    Jayson
    +49 212 233 627 0
    brown@bw-recruitment.com

    p.s. please not that all roles are permanent. I apologise if this is the wrong forum.

  15. フナミズ様、こんにちは。
    雑誌・ウェブサイトのためにインタビューさせていただきたいのですが、もし興味がありましたらご連絡ください。詳しいことは後で説明します。

  16. Hi Mac,

    Considering you as a real influencer in the world of design, we take pleasure in inviting you to be a part of our “Design Geek’s Mantras” series on thedesignblog.org.

    My name is Radhika and I’m associated with Instablogs News Network, an interactive platform reaching to over 2.5 million trans-continental audience each month.

    The “Design Geeks’ Mantras” series will highlight your expert viewpoint on a single topic. Your viewpoint will appear along with opinions expressed by other design experts in a single article.

    It’s simple. You just have to give your opinion in brief on the given question.

    This week’s question is:
    Design Geeks’ Mantras: Is iPhone the best-designed phone ever made?

    You can forward us your answer via mail.

    Your cooperation will be highly appreciated.

    Waiting for your reply,

    Radhika
    Editor
    Instablogs News Network
    Email: radhika@instablogs.com
    Gtalk: radhika@instablogs.com
    Phone: +91- 0177-6450126
    Mobile: +91 – 9418060696

  17. Mac,

    you’re a complete genious. thanks for sharing your ideas with us

    I love your works not only for their aestethical aspect (great), but because they are so deep in technology understanding

    great vision ahead. really thanks again

  18. Hello Mac, I’m a big fan of your work. I got so used to receive your crazy stuff via feed reader that I forgot to blog about it. I did it now.

    I hope I can buy one of your designs one day.

  19. Wow, this is simply amazing what you’re showing us here! You’re so creative! Something good will come from it, I’m sure! I guess it’s only a matter of time until Apple will knock on your door (unless you’re already working for them :))

  20. Mac, I am an MBA student in London and taking the internet marketing course, where we discuss a lot about internet, search and etc.. As an exercise we have to write a blog during the course. And that’s why I’m contacting you. I am a really fan of your designs/ideas and would like to post some pictures in my blog.. of course I ‘d mention you and your URL.. is that ok?
    cheers

  21. Hi!

    Great work! Great graphics! Simply love it! Your work looks really simple yet beautiful. 🙂

    I wish if I could learn all these! I am a newbie and tried my hand on a few things. If you don’t mind, please can you provide me place from where I can learn a bit like you?


    Rahi
    xDesigning.wordpress.com

  22. Dear Mac,

    I represent a new weakly Informational TV program TECHNODROM (TV Center Broadcasting Company (Moscow, Russia), we are highly interested in your Concepts and would like to have some additional information. Could you please contact me asap by e-mail: poison_ivy9@mail.ru

    Looking forward to hearing from you,

    Ksenia

    PS: You’re great!

  23. I love it. I love it all. Notable, were the Looking Glass and the Iaqua2… Fantastic. Has Apple yet to discover such a talent? *raises eyebrows*

    Congratulations must be given to you, for taking on this path. From what I’ve understood, you have only been doing this ‘professionally’ for a short ammount of time. As a 16 year old aspiring architect/designer, living in (relatively safe) Brisbane, Australia, I like to think my work might eventually be understood and achknowleged, instead of disregarded as a small-time hobby.

    It’d be fantastic to talk to someone who shares similar thoughts. Please, contact me at jakechurches@live.com

  24. hi~ Mac Funamizu :
    I am an editor of “Surface China”, recently we are preparing an aritcle about coin design.
    I saw your work “infographic money concept

    ” on Designboom and wonder if I have the honor to interview you over the net.
    Could you please send me a brief introduction and high-resolution images about this work, as well as your personal profile?
    Thank you very much!!
    Looking forward to your reply.

    Best wishes

    岳娇 Yvonne

    Assistant Editor

    《surface》china
    Tel-86-010-68573487

  25. have been following your blog for three days. really love your posts. btw i’m conducting a report concerning this area. do you happen to know any other great websites or maybe forums in which I can get more information? thanks a ton.

  26. Hello! I randomly came across your website and I was really impressed with your work. I’m currently using your October wallpaper on my work laptop and I look forward to your next one. 🙂

    random Q: what font are you using on this website? I really like it for its clarity and readability.

    1. Hi mj, thanks for your comment.
      The font for the main content is the default one set by WordPress I guess. For the header and banner images, I use Helvetica.

  27. Hi,
    Respected Sir,
    We r the student of MBA.WE r working on a project of entreprenurship.we choose ur idea of iPhone hand grip charger. can u give us further information about our project. n also making process of this charger. plz give us quickly reply of our mail. we are very regardful to for this favour. THANKS

    1. Unfortunately this is just a concept model I made up, so there’s no further information about it. I hope your presentation will go well.

  28. And you don’t want to do with this? This is unique! You have to do someting with this. It’s maybe not all about the money, but here (I live in the Netherlands) we should be very interested in your kind of products. You are too nice… No that was a joke. You are very nice, but why don’t you want to sell these products. I’m just thirteen years old, but I am very interested. I’d like it to e-mail eachoter. Least, if you like it… But, I am interessed in your awesome products. I’ve got an Ipod touch and I like your gadgets… But I think it’s very pity that your products are not for sell 🙁 I can go ahead with talking like this, but it’s your opinion, so it’s your desicion… The only thing I would say ; The world could use somebody like YOU!

  29. took me a while to browse all the comments, but I really enjoyed the subject that you chose. It looked to be very helpful to me and I am sure to all the other people who have looked at this blog, It’s always nice when your not only informed, but your also entertained! I’m positive you had fun writing this article. I’m going to grab your rss feed so I don’t miss anything important that you guys may come up with in the future, Thanks..

  30. I am looking to find a developer for an iphone/ipad app for our ecommerce store. I have something I want to model it on. Could we sort out a quote if I send you a spec? Thanks.

  31. Hi Mac!
    I got my last template from elegatthemes.com. Now I want to do an online store with wordpress. What would I need in order to do this? Any specific plugins?
    Thanks a lot in advanced for your expert help.

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  34. Hi Macintosh:

    I have seen your website serveral times, some design are really impressive. Do you make any proftit by just release your design to the public?

    I am new to the design Industry. I would like to know that how much an outstanding Mobile Phone Design (just for what it is looks like and a few screen interface) worth $$$?

    One of main reason for iPhone successes is its nice phone body design. In today mobile phone market, most moblie phones use same operating system android and have similar hardware standard. A Mobile phone with excellent shape design can make it unique and outstanding from the other brand of mobile phone.

    In design industry, do mobile companies spend lot money to buy a nice mobile Phone Design from private contractor? How much it worth roughly? What about car design, does an excellent concept car design worth some money?

  35. Thanks for the marvelous posting! I seriously enjoyed reading it, you
    could be a great author. I will make sure to bookmark your blog and will often come back very soon.
    I want to encourage yourself to continue your great posts, have a nice day!

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