Aya Codama was born in Osaka, Japan in 1983. She majored in graphic design at Tokyo Zokei University Department of Design. After working for seven years at the design firm AWATSUJI Design, she founded BULLET Inc. in 2013. Aya excels in design featuring various printing techniques, especially for product packages. She currently teaches at Tokyo Zokei University.
GERMAN DESIGN AWARD (Winner)
The One Show (Gold)
D&AD Award (Graphite Pencil)
Cannes Lions (Bronze)
iF Design Award
Red Dot Design Award
KOI is a Japanese sake produced by Imayotsukasa Brewery in Niigata Prefecture. The striking package features the whole bottle designed to resemble koi, an ornamental fish for which Niigata Prefecture is well known. The paper on the outside of the box is Kihoushi-FS, which has a fine texture and stain-resistant properties, while the inside of the box is lined with bright red cardboard. The beauty of the product can be enjoyed either with the bottle inside or outside the box.
Nazca Electronic Circuit
This masking tape features several motifs including a mysterious electronic circuit, Nazca Lines, and cuneiform script. It was originally planned for internal use at Bullet, Inc., but following positive reactions on Twitter, it was sold for a limited period from December 1, 2015 to January 4, 2016. The product was developed together with COSMOTECH, a company that specializes in hot stamping.
This is the design for a special sample set of snoble-FS, a new paper product launched by TAKEO. Its purpose is to convey the paper’s 1) beautiful white color, 2) nice texture, 3) adequate properties for packaging, 4) rich volume, and 5) suitability for printing. To enhance features 1), 2), and 3), the outside box is pure white paper on which the artwork of Kyosui Terashima is hot-printed in glossy black. The image reminiscent of ink spattered on snow creates a strong contrast on the white matte paper. Cards, packages, and tags are contained in the box to demonstrate the appeal of the paper in different applications. This work won the Katsumi Asaba Award in the National Catalog & Poster Contest in Japan.
This calendar was created for display in The Search 2 Feel the Paper, an exhibition for designers to explore ways of expression using various printing and processing techniques. The design features multiple layers of two types of paper: Plike, a pitch-black matte paper, and Offmetal, a silver paper with a mirror-like finish. When the paper is torn forcefully from the middle, two shapes cross over and the number of the month appears. This design features the characteristic of paper as a material that tears apart.
NEW YEAR CARD EGG
This is a new year card for 2017, the year of the rooster. The design motif is an egg that contains dreams and hope. The egg shell, which can be peeled off by hand, is made of GMUND Cotton, a soft, thick white paper with a matte finish. The inner part of the shell uses glossy paper to give a different texture. Light seems to radiate from inside the egg with the hot-printed gradation of orange on top of gold print.
SUMMER GREETING CARD CRAB
This postcard, created as a summer greeting card, can be folded to make an origami crab. The shiny red shell is made of LK color / red paper with gold letters hot-printed on the surface. The origami crab, which looks beautiful from both sides, was designed by ORIGAMI HOUSE. The paper is already creased, featuring a pretty design even before folding.
60th Anniversary of Okinawa Yakult
This is the design of a newspaper advertisement celebrating the 60th anniversary of Okinawa Yakult Company. 60 bottles of the Yakult drink are lined up on the whole page, each of them carefully decorated to resemble a person wearing local Kariyushi patterns that are unique to Okinawa. This visual is an expression of the warm and cordial relationship between the people of Okinawa and Okinawa Yakult, a company loved for its closeness to local communities.
SUMMER GREETING CARD FOX
A postcard resembling the hand shadow art of a fox. Four layers of corrugated cardboard are bound together to give the card thickness and presence as a material object. Laser-cutting the silhouette slightly burned the edge of the corrugated cardboard, adding just the right nuance. The two outer sheets of cardboard are a thinner and tougher type than the inner ones so that the hot-printed silver letters can be seen clearly.