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CompanyTeam STACHA
Lead DesignersYuka Fukuoka
Design TeamYuka Fukuoka, Naoki Okada, Makoto Shimazu, Yuta Hijikata, Hayato Nishioka
Project LocationTokyo, Austin
Prize(s)Silver in Design For Society / Designs for Social Impact
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Entry Description

The STACHA is a device which enables wearers to experience the symptoms of stuttering. When a person with this disorder stutters, a distinguishing feature is an overactive usage of the muscles in the throat. This collar-like device has been developed to enable wearers to experience a realistic sensation of stuttering, by sending a faint current of electricity into the throat area, which constricts the muscles and re-creates a stuttering condition, making it difficult to properly pronounce. I feel it has great influence on my life as a person who stutter. The purpose is to raise an awareness.


I am a Visual Communication Designer at strategy/marketing agency Essense Partners, I produce a large variety of online and printed design output. Focused mainly on improving the branding of clients in the energy sector, I conduct strategy based marketing and have been carrying out design operations across all manner of supported media.

Other Awards and Prizes

1. A' Design Award and Competition
2. SXSW Interactive Innovation Awards
3. Adobe Design Achievement Awards
4. Microsoft US Imagine Cup
5. School of Visual Arts Alumni Society Scholarship & Award
6. NYC Media Lab Advanced Media Hackathon Prize