QuickFree, a zipper developed by YKK, has won the Good Design award. Founded in Chicago, the Good Design Award is among the oldest and most prestigious global award program for design excellence and design innovation. The award honors both product and industry leaders in design and manufacturing that have chartered new directions for innovation and pushed the envelope for competitive products in the world marketplace. One of the main factors for the awards selection is whether a product can enrich society and people’s lives through its design.
QuickFree, a zipper developed by YKK, promotes safety, security, and a sense of independence and accomplishment in small children. They can open and close clothing alone through the zipper’s improved function. By improving the zipper’s visibility through changing the shape of the slider and widening the area into which the pin is inserted, YKK has reduced the possibility of the pin being inserted into the wrong part of the slider. Moreover, when a certain load is applied to the left or right of the zipper, the slider snaps off with a releasing function that allows the zipper to open without lowering the slider, thereby reducing the possibility of the clothing putting pressure on a child’s body, such as when the child’s clothing get caught on playground equipment.