Movie: Yuri Suzuki at
Designers in Residence 2012

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London Design Festival: in this movie filmed by Alice Masters for the Design Museum's annual Designers in Residence exhibition, Yuri Suzuki talks about his radio with a circuit board arranged like the London Tube map and his mission to demystify consumer electronics.

Tube Map Radio and Denki Puzzle by Yuri Suzuki

In the movie, Suzuki first discusses how he built a radio from an electronic circuit board by arranging the components according to the lines and stations of the Tube map. Read more about the Tube Map Radio in our earlier post.

Tube Map Radio and Denki Puzzle by Yuri Suzuki

"The printed circuit board is a remarkable invention. Due to the process of the efficiency of the electronics you can see something very complicated, almost like a maze," he says. "But what if you could replace it with something you are familiar with?"

Tube Map Radio and Denki Puzzle by Yuri Suzuki

He goes on to explain how he adapted Harry Beck's famous Tube map design into a circuit board that tells a story. "I really wanted to make a design that's a little bit like a narrative," he says.

Tube Map Radio and Denki Puzzle by Yuri Suzuki

In the second part of the movie he talks about working with Technology Will Save Us to create the Denki Puzzle kit, a set of redesigned and enlarged electronic components that can be pieced together in working sequences. "If you wanted to make a computer [with them] it's possible, technically – but it's going to be huge," he jokes.

Tube Map Radio and Denki Puzzle by Yuri Suzuki

We've featured a number of Suzuki's other designs on Dezeen, including a set of pens that record and play back sounds and a miniature record player that runs along a track made from vinyl records.

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Photographs are by Hitomi Kai Yoda.