Designing the Silph Co. Pokéball

We look at the original concepts again, and follow the brief.

2 min

July 15, 2023

Pokémon: Hoenn Adventures

I've always been completely in love with the Pokémon universe.

So I decided to make a redesign of the classic Poké-ball for a personal project.

A photorealistic 3D render of realistic Pokéballs falling from the sky onto a black glossy background.



It was time to go back to the original design sketches for the Poké-ball.
And I added my other inspirations, Naoto Fukasawa and Dieter Rams.

The references for a new Silph Co. Poké-ball design. The images include Trainer Blue from the Pokémon Adventures Manga. It also includes the Dieter Rams calculator and the designs by Naoto Fukasawa at MUJI.
References used for the Silph Co. Poké-ball


The activation button has been moved to the top of the Poké-ball and it has both a "catching" and "releasing" functionality.
Hold the top-button to charge the Poké-ball before throwing it at your target. Once the Pokémon is caught, press the top button once to release.

A Silph Co. realistic Poké-Ball inspired by the original Pokémon concept art by Ken Sujimori. Rendered in Cinema 4D and Chaos Corona.
Silph Co. Pokéball -  Redesign

A Silph Co. realistic Poké-Ball inspired by the original Pokémon concept art by Ken Sujimori. Rendered in Cinema 4D and Chaos Corona.

A Silph Co. realistic Poké-Ball inspired by the original Pokémon concept art by Ken Sujimori. Rendered in Cinema 4D and Chaos Corona.

A Silph Co. realistic Poké-Ball inspired by the original Pokémon concept art by Ken Sujimori. Rendered in Cinema 4D and Chaos Corona.


On the side ring there is a "home" button (left) for returning your Pokémon.
The slider (right) goes from 1-5 which allows the user to dial in the size of the Pokémon they want to catch. This button defines the blast radius.

We are planning on creating a short 1-2 minute live-action Pokémon video that will feature this Poké-ball design as well.

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