Wacom honoured with four prizes at prestigious iF DESIGN AWARDS

Wacom has sucessfully scooped four awards in the iF Design awards 2016. The multiple win demonstrates Wacom’s innovative focus across all product categories equipping creative thinkers with digital note taking devices (Bamboo Spark), ambitious enthusiasts with graphic pen tablets (Intuos range), creative professionals with interactive pen and touch displays (Cintiq 27QHD touch) and last but not least consumer dialogue focused businesses with high quality and secure signature solutions (DTU-1141 pen display).

iF Award 2016

“We are happy to see that the efforts to incorporate the expectations and needs of our users are rewarded with four prestigious IF Awards”, says Ed Neumann, Senior Vice President of Marketing for the Creative Business Unit.

Design, quality, finish and choice of material were main criteria for the jury’s decision. All four products also represent a degree of innovation that stands out and will have an impact on the further development of the whole category.

Bamboo Spark

The iF recognition for the Bamboo Spark proves Wacom’s successful commitment to innovate within a new market. The Bamboo Spark bridges the digital and analogue stationery dilemma many people face and provides a more holistic approach to traditional and new working methods. Bamboo Spark brings note-taking into the 21st century by offering a convenient way to capture ideas in both physical and digital ink to save them for further editing and sharing in the cloud. It is the perfect solution for anyone who appreciates the freedom and simplicity of working with pen on paper, but with the added convenience of a digital workflow.

A team of Wacom designers developed hardware, apps and cloud services to ensure a complete and outstanding user experience, focusing on a minimalist design, that won’t get in the way of the user’s creative process. A minimum of necessary interaction translates analogue into digital ink and lets the user totally focus on capturing ideas as natural as pen on paper.





The Intuos range award comes after Wacom’s new design approach and its approach to provide a tailored solution to a target group. The Intuos Pen & Touch tablet range consist of four models: Intuos Art, Intuos Comic, Intuos Photo and Intuos Draw (pen only). Each model includes free creative software as well as additional training and offers. The pen tablets come in two different sizes, a choice of colours and a pen or ‘pen & touch’ version. A wireless connection kit is an optional accessory.


“Intuos connects advanced pen tablet technology with fun design and easy accessibility. Numbers already show that the product speaks particularly to the young, talented and ambitious creatives who have just started in a digital workflow”, Neumann confirms. The main body is a single part that wraps cleanly around the entire front and back of the tablet. Along with placing ExpressKeys at a slight angle and a fabric loop for the Intuos pen to be neatly stored. The dot marking of the tablet surface is an attractive graphic design element, but also serves to show the working area more intuitively.


Cintiq 27QHD touch

The Cintiq 27QHD creative pen & touch display offers a seemingly infinite surface, letting artists and designers see the bigger picture. To help support a natural and intuitive workflow all ExpressKeys have been banned from the screen and put into the new ExpressKey® Remote, which can be placed anywhere on the screen or desk. It gives the user a faster more flexible workflow with a Touch Ring that helps to scroll, zoom and rotate with ease. Additionally, the Cintiq 27 offers a variety of stand options, providing users with the freedom and flexibility to comfortably work with the Cintiq at varying angles for hours and hours.



Processing of eDocuments is more and more common in various businesses and applications. The full HD screen of the DTU-1141 pen display is not only elegantly designed but also adjusted to the best use in a customer dialogue situation. Private and public business entities seeking a best-in-class solution for viewing and filling out and signing full-sized eDocuments are the main users of this new product.



iF design award exhibition

All award winners from the iF DESIGN AWARDS are on show in the comprehensive iF online exhibition – The winning Intuos range, Cintiq 27QHD touch and DTU-1141 will be displayed from mid September 2016 to the end of April 2017 within the iF design award 2016 exhibition in the Shenzhen Industrial Museum China. The Bamboo Spark will be on show from 13th October 2016 onwards in the iF flagship exhibition in Hamburg (Germany).

About Wacom

Founded in 1983, Wacom is a global company based in Japan (Tokyo Stock Exchange 6727) with subsidiaries and affiliate offices around the world to support marketing and distribution in over 150 countries. Wacom’s vision to bring people and technology closer together through natural interface technologies has made it the world’s leading manufacturer of interactive pen tablets and displays as well as of digital styli and solutions for saving and processing digital signatures. The advanced technology of Wacom’s intuitive input devices has been used to create some of the most exciting digital art, films, special effects, fashion and designs around the world and provides business and home users with their leading interface technology to express their personality.

Millions of people worldwide use the wireless and battery free pressure sensitive digital pen technology to operate their smartphones, media tablets or desktop computers and express their individual creativity. The company offers its products also as OEM solutions to leading manufacturers serving incremental markets. Wacom’s interface technology, called Wacom feel IT technologies, is also offered as an integrated solution to strategic partners. Most Tablet PC manufacturers count on the advanced features and reliability of the brand to deliver a superior user interface experience.

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