Red-Blue Pencil

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FH-Joanneum / CMS 2020 ProWork –Pre-Design






December 2020

Starting again with and inspired by the book „Apple: Learning to Design, Designing to Learn“ written by japanese designer Ken Miki, we analyzed, rather de-designed a simple product, the red-blue Silbenstift, which is made by the Styrian company Jolly in Graz. Three sessions and short time in between for de-designing have given new inspiration, insights, discoveries and additional perspectives. Martin Foessleitner FH-Joanneum 2020

Corinna Kacirek, Alice Lemontey, Benedicte Rozant, Petra Vymazalova;

Macrayage mix of maquillage and crayonnage

General Information

Description The JOLLY Kinderfest red and blue colored pencil is especially suitable for applying the syllable method. Thanks to this two tips in red and blue, all it takes to write individual syllables in different colors is to turn the pencil - no need to change it.



At the beginning we started to analyze the pencil and what else we can do with that. We did some experiments with liquid, sharpening, cutting and fire. After the different experiments with the pencil we decided to do something with the colors and materials. On the following pages you will see our process.


Color separation by chromatography Experience 1

Here is the impact of water, dissolving, salt water, sodium bicarbonate, dish washer on the propagation of pigments.


The impact of different liquids


Experience 2

Here is the impact of 5 different liquids: on the pencil: proxidolosing, cillit bang, washing product, floor cleaner.

Cillit Bang: The pencil becomes greasy and the color is very intense (you can see it appear in the liquid very quickly)

Proxidolosing: the pencil becomes a little greasy

Floor Cleaner: the pencil is greasy and damaged

Wasching product: The pencil is a little greasy and the color disappears

Color spreading when heating as tea Experience 3

It seems that the heat helps the color to diffuse in water

Boiling water at 100°C

After one hour

After one night


Sharpening and cutting Experience 4

Counting how many times the pencil has to be turned with 360° until sharpened (30,83 times n=6)

Testing which knife is most appropriate and which cutting technique


Color and pencil lead Experience 5

See the solubility and diffusion of colors according to different liquids and elements.

Make-up remover, water, cillit bang

Disolvent, Water and baking soda, water and salt


Burining Pencil


Experience 6

The first step was to try burning the pencil with a lighter, because this was working well. The second step was to try burning it with gasoline.

Video: file/d/1NIJCV9ceGvL4jdeQ5JoHUWn mB6kcXFBL/view?usp=sharing


How can we re-design with the leftover of our de-design ? We wanted to experiment with the colors to see what we could obtain just starting with the blue and the red colors of the pencil.


Coffeepot Make coffee with a pencil


Make up


Create something new, research : working with the pencil.

Powder preparation


Mixing the components

Removing the candle stem

Manufacture of a protecting cap


Time laps of the powder preparation yrY8zVqj7OCAjkl--VlSFZoTde/view?usp=sharing

Powder mixing Look at the fire it makes !

Make up Result of the experiment



Make up Test of the experiment



Make up


Making Eyeshadow with the rest of the burnt pencil. view?usp=sharing



Just with several two colors pencils, we could obtained a lot of different colors and get to know many unexpected colors and materials (powder, painting, creme‌) depending on what you mix with it.


Macrayage mix of maquillage and crayonnage



PROWORK – 1 PRE-DESIGN Dezember 2020 | CMS20

Inspired by the japanese book „Apple: Learning to Design, Designing to learn“ by Ken Miki we analysed and de-designed the everyday object silbenstift. For this we teamed up in groups of fife. In different experiences, we tried to de-contextualize the pencil, get closer to it and find it‘s „magic“. Within three sessions in one week, we had time to find new insights, perspectives and inspirations to freak out about the silbenstift and come up with a new and creative solution, idea or product.

Carina Steindl, Tina Schart, Lisa Fresser, Nicolas Saavedra, Janina Schindler



6. Research

8. Experiments

10. Project Idea

14. Project Outcome


This pencil is special as it has two different colors to write to. One side is red and the other is blue. Both sides are strong and rich color. The pencil is break proof and also slightly thicker than common pencils to make it easier to hold it. There are two target groups for this pencil:

Novice writers • • • •

regulates & structures writing process color changes prevent cramping of the writing hand promotes hand and finger motor skills softer -> no hard pressure for writing needed

Educators, teachers & pedagogues • •

blue for writing, red for correction corrections cannot be erased

Pigments • •


A pigment is a colored material that is completely or nearly insoluble in water. Wax pigment—using wax to bind pigments allows for the creation of either hard or soft pencil core. The core is the colored part of the pencil.

Making process The “lead” or core in colored pencils isn’t really lead. It’s pigments, binders, and resins and often, colored pencils include wax. The best colored pencils have a higher concentration of pure pigment. In graphite pencils, the “lead” is not real lead either, but graphite. Each color has a recipe to get the right color through mixing pigments with clay and dyes. People mix the pigment into a paste made of additives, binders, and resins. There can be wax or oil depending on the type of pencil. Making a water soluble pencil requires other ingredients. The paste is put in a cylinder and formed into a cylindrical shape. That cylinder of colorful paste enters an extruder. Under tons of pressure, the paste is squeezed out into a stream of white core, which is then cut into the correct length for pencils. The leads are then dried in an oven.

EXPERIMENTS Starting Point For this project, we started to de-design the silbenpencil. In different experiences, we tried to de-contextualize the pencil, get closer to it and find it‘s „magic“. The various experiences led to different outcomes, but the magic of this pencil defenitely is to be indestructible. We freaked out on the experiments and did everything to find out more about this every day object. We cooked it, rasped it, put it in chemicals, tried to mix up both sides and colored as many papers with each side of the silbenpencil as we could. We all summarized our impression of the silbenpencil in one-word and build our research and on-going on the power of the pencils strength. The next task was to build a project, that shows the magic of the silbenpencil. We grouped up in teams of 5 and worked on a concept.


PROJECT IDEA Starting Point The word indestructible stayed in our heads and we brainstormed together, where this factor would be useful. Ideas like building a house, a suitcase or a safe for your valuable things came up. After doing some sketches, our final idea of building a safe out of the silbenpencil was decided. It‘s a special safe, if you put your things in you will never get them back out, only with team work and a lot of effort. There is a wooden board at the bottom, where you can stick the silbenpencils into, so you can build the safe on your own. When you‘re done, you can add another wooden board at the top to close it. The safe will be locked, so it‘s impossible to open it this way.


Wall Parts Design


The Silbenstift was the base concept for the project and it was mainly used for the walls of the box. The reason for this is the durability and the hardness of the wood.

This is the main concept for the box walls. This pencil has two connections and two supporters in booth directions making the box really hard and with a dense structure.

This kind of pencil is designed to work as a connector for making larger boxes in both directions.

The purpose of these pencils is to connect the base and walls, so you can expand the box.

Top Design

The top of the box is made of solid MDF Wood. The wood and the pins make the box resistant. The lid has only one hole to put objects in the box.

Bottom Design

On the bottom we can see some of the holes where the pencils can be inserted to connect the box. After that, the top is put on it and the box is closed.



SAFE IT Can‘t keep your hands off cigarettes? The indestructible safe is your solution, because you can have it back only if you can destroy it. It is the perfect support to quit smoking.

POSTER Our poster for the SAFE IT Box.


SCENARIO 1 Are you annoyed when your kids keep their eyes glued to their phones? Wouldn‘t the perfect solution be to lock the smartphones away? They‘re not gone forever, and getting them back becomes a game.


SCENARIO 2 Can‘t keep your hands off chocolate? The indestructible safe is your solution, because you can have the chocolate only if you can destroy it. It is the perfect support for a diet.


SCENARIO 3 Have you ever had the problem that you could not stop yourself from calling your ex? But you are not strong enough to delete his or her number? The indestructible safe is your solution because you can only have the number back if you can destroy it.




The story o Red an



of the twins nd Blue


IntroductÄąon In the lesson project work with Martin Foessleitner, we experimented with a bicolour pencil. The pencil has a red and blue side. It was supposedly used by teachers or editors, to either correct or comment the work. Nowadays it is used to teach children how to write. After every syllable they change the colour to get a better feeling for the spelling.

Sebastian Reichl, Katharina Kuhn, Jasmin ArmbrĂźster: A Universum of Taste

For the sake of science, we demolished or redesigned the pencils. In our experiments we noticed how stable these objects are. But even though, seven pencils lost their lives for this book.

Experiments We went on to experiment with the bicolor pencil. From burning to soaking in Vodka - everything got a little bit out of hand but it was worth it! It started off by isolating each component to weigh and measure it. The dry colors of the mine were unable to connect in water but if more warmth or vodka was added it did - much like parties ;). Soaking the the pencil in vodka or coke made It look like mushroom which was really interesting. It really inspired us to think of the bicolor pencil in an abstract way.

vodka bath


color mixing

The Story of Rue This is Red. It really likes to dance Salsa. It always wants to to meet friends to party the whole night. When having a hangover, it likes to eat his eggs sunny side up. In general it is really emotional and happy with his life. LA DOLCE VITA!

This is Blue. It’s the other end Rue of the double sided pencil. It is more rational in its feelings and decisions. It enjoys keeping all its shreddings in a box. It approaches life in a more realist and pessimist manner.

The Great School Competition

Oh wow, purple is the fastest painter in the whole pencil case!

YEAH! Every child loves to use me! I really am the greatest

The Wish

Rue wants to be purple too

The Separation & Mixture

They try to mix up to be purple but it doesn’t work out.

The Fight

The two of them start to argue about what to do now. They get into a fight that no one can win.

The Drama

They are seperated and want to live on their own but both of them struggle with their physics and emotions. They realize that now they are like every ordinary pencil - but not even this because they are only a half :(

The End

They realize that being together is a superpower itself, so they fix their separation and get happily back together :)

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Julian Schwazer Alexander Moser Katsiaryna Palishchuk Valentina Riedisser Armaghan Zhand



Introduction The red and blue pencil is also called “Silbenstift” in Austria. The “Silbenstift” is mainly used for applying the syllable method. Thanks to its two tips in red and blue, all it takes to write individual syllables in different colours is to turn the pencil.

These dual tip pencils are especially useful for novice writers in primary school. Another advantage for novice writers is that the finger motor skills are stimulated simultaneously.



During our experiments we tried to de-design or destroy the pencil. We used water, heat, fire, the force of gravity and others to deform the pencil, but because of its


Colors matter

According to color theory, red and blue have nothing in common on their own. Red and blue are curiously close to each other on the color wheel which means they blend or “harmonize� easily

The color combination red and blue hit a chromatic sweet spot and work really well together.

No other two colors have this relationship They are neither complementary Nor complimentary colors


Red Red is a very hot color and usually attracts a lot of attention. This color is often associated with fire, anger, love and passion. Red is also often used for characters in comics and cartoons. If a character has red clothes it often means that they are bold, passionate, and determined. The color red is often combined with blue.

Blue Blue is often associated with sadness, calmness, responsibility and peace. Light blues can be friendly, refreshing and energizing, dark blue colors tend to be associated with reliability, strength and knowledge. Blue is also often used for characters in cartoons and comics, especially in combination with red. Blue characters are often associated with characteristics like wisdom and confidence.


Trigger During our experiments we tried to de-design or destroy the pencil. We used water, heat, fire, the force of gravity and others to deform the pencil, but because of its durability we were unable to do so.


Concept We want to take these characteristics and use them to make children also feel strong and confident when using the pencil. Therefore, we take many of the children‘s role models that accompany them, especially during the first years of school. We show their favorite heroes overcoming challenging problems and achieving their goals by using the pen as a supporting tool.

Due to its good manufacturing and robustness, many have perceived the pen as indestructible, strong and sturdy.


Power and Why Positive Self-Esteem Is Important for Kids

They‘re proud of the things they can do and want to try their best. When kids are confident and secure about who they are, they‘re more likely to have a growth mindset. That means they can motivate themselves to take on new challenges and cope with and learn from mistakes.


The Concept of the pencil shows that power and strength is in your hands. And it is up to you to use it in the way you want.


Super Mario


SpongeBob SquarePants


Sonic the Hedgehog


Papa Smurf






The Genie


Donald Duck

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