Golden Pin Design Award and Golden Pin Concept Design Award 2019 Announce a Total of 71 Finalists from 6 Countries or Regions
 
Oct 08, 2019
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Taipei, TAIWAN --( ASIA TODAY )-- The Golden Pin Design Award and Golden Pin Concept Design Award 2019 announce a total of 71 finalists from designers in 6 countries or regions. There are 64 finalists in the Golden Pin Design Award and 7 finalists in the Golden Pin Concept Design Award from Taiwan, China, Hong Kong, South Korea, Japan, and Germany. These finalists are all now in the running to win Best Design at the award ceremony in Taipei on December 5.

Golden Pin Design Award

The 10 Final Selection jury members convened on September 23 at Songshan Cultural and Creative Park in Taipei to judge all 624 Design Mark winners and narrow down a shortlist of finalists for Best Design. They selected 18 finalists in product design, 20 in communication design, 20 in spatial design, and 6 in integration design – 36 from Taiwan, 15 from China, 9 from Hong Kong, 2 from South Korea, 1 from Japan, and 1 from Germany. In addition to competing for the coveted Best Design trophy, the finalists can also be nominated for special awards championing circular design and social design.

Final Selection Jury Comments

President of the WDO – World Design Organization, Luisa Bocchietto is looking for sustainability in design, and although she sees some among this year's finalists, she still hopes to see more in the future. Bocchietto appreciates designers who prioritize the use of natural materials, as well as those who incorporate local culture in their design thinking. Founder of tonychi, the award-winning design practice based in New York, Tony Chi is interested in design that shows self-reflection and a great sense of purpose from the designer, or as he calls it “the silent voice”. Chi sees a lot of design for preservation among this year's finalists, in both tangible and intangible forms, relating to heritage and urban renewal.

President of the Taiwan Design Alliance, Apex Pang-Soong Lin feels that although product design has always been oriented towards the mass market, there are many products among this year's finalists that have been designed specifically for marginalized demographics, which is a positive direction in terms of diversity and equality. Professor in the Department of Art and Design at Yuan Ze University, Ching-Yueh Roan pays special attention to humanized design, especially in product design. Roan explains that the relationship between people and objects is not cold, but warm or even nostalgic at times, and Taiwanese product design embodies this sense of nostalgia with its modern-retro style.

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Golden Pin Concept Design Award

The 10 Final Selection jury members assembled on September 24 at Songshan Cultural and Creative Park in Taipei to critique the 45 Design Mark winning concepts and select a shortlist of finalists for Best Design. They selected 1 finalist in product design, 5 in communication design, and 1 in integration design – 3 from Taiwan, 3 from China, and 1 from Germany. These finalists each have a chance of winning not just the coveted Best Design trophy, but also a share of the award’s TWD$1,200,000 (approx. USD$39,000) prize.

Final Selection Jury Comments

Founder of bod design corp., David Wang notices that many of the finalists address the topic of self-discovery, and he feels there is an opportunity for them to look deeper into social issues. Moving forward, Wang recommends those who are interested in self-discovery to follow this path into wider social issues. Founder of Business Next Magazine, Wei-Hsiung Chan comments on the animation entries from designers in China, many of which explore social issues such as domestic violence and alienation in urban contexts. Chan concludes that, aside from their mature creative skills, their films also offer deep and emotional insight about Chinese society.

Artist/Designer at multi award-winning Japanese design firm SPREAD, Haruna Yamada and Hirokazu Kobayashi are both attracted to design that solves problems. Yamada and Kobayashi explain that concept design is a challenge of gaining insight into emerging problems, engaging the problem through design thinking, and proposing a well thought out solution before it's too late. Founder of Flaneur Culture Lab, Mei-li Liao advises future entrants to be aware that we're living in a hyper-materialistic era of excessive design and production. Liao encourages designers to reexamine the process of design, learn about new materials, and consider social needs.

Follow this link for the full list of Golden Pin Concept Design Award 2019 Finalists

About the Golden Pin Design Award Group

The annual Golden Pin Design Award is the longest-running international design award that celebrates products or projects expressly created for Chinese-speaking communities, offering entrants an unprecedented opportunity to prove their prowess in the world’s largest market.

The Golden Pin Design Award Group is comprised of two international awards — the Golden Pin Design Award, the Golden Pin Concept Design Award — and the Young Pin Design Award for students in Taiwan. The Golden Pin Design Award Group is executed by the Taiwan Design Center and organized by the Industrial Development Bureau, Ministry of Economic Affairs. The Ministry of Economic Affairs acts in an advisory capacity. GoldenPin.org.tw

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