Taipei, TAIWAN — The Golden Pin Design Award and Golden Pin Concept Design Award reveals this year’s Finalists after a rigorous three-stage judging process, which concluded in Taipei on September 20 and 21. The Final Selection juries selected a total of 91 Finalists in the two awards, from designers in 6 countries and regions including Taiwan, China, Japan, Hong Kong, Macau, and Singapore. This year’s Finalists have passed the scrutiny of 76 jury members during the three-stage judging process, which is the highest number of jury members in the awards’ history. Additionally, the Golden Pin Design Award 2018 Final Selection jury was invited to select two distinguished Finalists who will receive the new Golden Pin Design Award Special Annual Awards for Green Design and Social Design.

Golden Pin Design Award 2018 Special Annual Awards – Green Design & Social Design

For the first time, the jury was invited to select one product or project to receive the Special Annual Award for Green Design, and another to receive the Special Annual Award for Social Design. Green Design refers to products or projects, which aim to minimize environmental impact through innovation and design, while Social Design refers to products or projects that make a positive social impact through innovation and design. The purpose of the new Special Annual Award is to highlight the latest global design trends, such as circular economy design, and propel these initiatives forward in the Golden Pin Design Award community. The winners will be unveiled, along with the Best Design winners, at the Grand Ceremony in Taipei on November 29.

Golden Pin Design Award 2018 Finalists

The Final Selection jury selected a shortlist of 80 Finalists from among the Golden Pin Design Award 2018 Design Mark winners. The Finalist list includes design companies from six countries and regions, including 44 from Taiwan, 24 from China, 3 from Japan, 7 from Hong Kong, 1 from Macau, and 1 from Singapore. There are 38 Finalists in the Product Design category, 26 in Communication Design, 10 in Spatial Design, and 6 in Integration Design. Below is a selection of seven designs from the Finalist list.

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Product Design:
《參數造型面磚》(築房數位設計,產品設計類,台灣)_03
3D Ceramic Tile

– Designed by Architchen (Taiwan)

Architchen combines new technology with traditional pottery processes to turn computational information into immersive, multi-sensory experiences. The product is 3D Ceramic Tile, which varies infinitely in form and texture; perfect for consumers in search of a modern and unique ceramic tile.

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《北京S1線磁懸浮列車》(中車唐山機車,產品設計類,中國)_01
Maglev Train of Beijing Line S1

– Designed by CRRC TANGSHAN CO.,LTD (China)

Suspended above the track, with no contact between the train body and the track, the Maglev Train travels at speeds of unto 100km/h. This 6-car train makes no noise or vibration, giving passengers a stable and comfortable travel experience.

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《hibi》(TRUNK DESIGN INC.,產品設計類,日本)_01
hibi

– Designed by TRUNK DESIGN INC. (Japan)

An 85-year old match manufacturing company in Japan’s Harima Province collaborates with an incense company established on Awaji Island in 1936. Together, they have developed a new type of incense stick, which is strong enough to be struck like a match.

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Communication Design:
《 不只是圖書館2018年度限定票卷》(霧室,傳達設計類,台灣)_01
Not Just Library 2018 Admission Ticket

– Designed by Mistroom (Taiwan)

Reusing 22 expired magazines, Mistroom reprinted and recut 1,667 pages to create 10,000 limited edition tickets. Through a process of reallocating visual languages and patterns from a diverse range of magazines, each ticket is one of a kind.

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《How do dogs see the world狗年利是封》(studiowmw,傳達設計類,香港)_01
How do dogs see the world?

– Designed by studiowmw (Hong Kong)

This red packet collection was created for the zodiac calendar year of the dog. Hot stamping, laser cut, and 3D embossing effects are applied for visual impact. Pullout tabs make this packaging fun and interactive; not something to throw in the trash.

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Spatial Design:
《禾乃川豆製所(合習聚落 - 青草職能學苑)》(本埠有限公司,空間設計類,台灣)_01
Ward with V dots (Renovation of a ward in a historical hospital)

– Designed by B+P Architects (Taiwan)

This is a renovation project at a 70 year old hospital ward in Sanxia, New Taipei City. The original features of the interior are preserved by a zig-zagging steel frame, which divides the space, and acts as an armature for the new lighting and air conditioning units. Part of the space will be a center for minority teenagers to learn new skills, while another part of the space is for commerce.

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Integration Design:
《2017臺北文創記憶中心》(Plan b,整合設計類,台灣)_01
2017 TNH Center

– Designed by Plan b (Taiwan)

Rice was selected as the theme for the 2017 TNH Center cross-cultural dialogue. Seven media professionals from Taiwan and Hong Kong came together to discuss rice through image and text. In addition, the Association of Architecture brought together architecture students who curated an urban rice field. The whole project of dialogues and exhibitions is recorded in a book called ‘He-Ji’.

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Golden Pin Design Award 2018 Final Selection Jury Comments
Kashiwa Sato (Creative Director at SAMURAI Inc.) says the Finalists’ exceptional designs left him feeling internationalized. When judging, he pays attention to whether the design clearly conveys its underlying concept, and whether the concept addresses a problem. Ad van Berlo (Founder of VanBerlo) agrees that design’s role is to solve real problems. His advice to designers with international ambitions is to look beyond products, and think holistically about designing an ecosystem around their clients.

Chris Lee (Founder and Creative Director of Asylum) appreciates design that achieves maximum impact from minimal intervention. He feels that many of the Finalists’ found a wonderful balance between the design and the message that it delivers. Similarly, Edmond Bakos (Managing Director at CHAMPALIMAUD Design) is impressed by the technical execution. Beyond technical ability, his advice to designers who want to win over international consumers is to ground their design in the culture of the target market.

Golden Pin Concept Design Award 2018 Finalists
The Final Selection jury selected a shortlist of 11 Finalists from among the Golden Pin Concept Design Award 2018 Design Mark winners. The Finalists include design teams from Taiwan and China, many of whom are students of design, up against design industry professionals. There are 6 Finalists in the Product Design category, 4 in Visual Communication Design, and 1 in Spatial Design. Below are three design concepts from the Finalist list.

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Product Design:
《Magic wand 便攜熨斗》(麥偉傑、陳健坤,產品設計類,中國)_02
Magic wand

– Designed by Mai Wei-Jie and Chen Jian-Kun (China)

When we travel, our clothes are stowed in luggage and inevitably become creased. Traditional irons are hard to carry and it can be troublesome to go to the launderette. The Magic wand portable ironing device is a low cost solution this problem faced by travelers.

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Visual Communication Design:
《滔滔》 (吳佳馨、林家薇、陳悅甄、黃筑郁,視覺傳達設計類,台灣)_02
Tao Tao

– Designed by Wu Jia-Xin, Lin Chia-Wei, Chen Yueh-Chen, and Huang Jhu-Yu (Taiwan)

Diversified landforms and cultures have led to the evolution of toponyms (names of places) in Taiwan. These toponyms connect people with the land. Tao Tao raises awareness about remote coastal regions through a set of story cards based on toponyms.

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Spatial Design:
《機器人空間組構》(游承翰、錢竑達、黃彥棻、安娜,空間設計類,台灣)_03
RobloX

– Designed by Yu Cheng-Han, Chien Hung-Da, Huang Yen-Fen, and Anna Uborevich-Borovskaya (Taiwan)

RobloX is an investigation into the use of digital design and prefabricated building blocks. Robotic arms for automatic assembly, and state-of-the-art UHPC (Ultra-High Performance Concrete) building material, are both crucial technologies applied in this project.

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Golden Pin Concept Design Award 2018 Final Selection Jury Comments
Chris Lee (Founder and Creative Director of Asylum) favors audacious ideas over design concepts that are already well-executed. He encourages future entrants to show their ambition and think big. Edmond Bakos (Managing Director at CHAMPALIMAUD Design) felt that the Final Selection was an excellent opportunity to meet the designers behind the concepts. He encourages future entrants to be proud of what they have achieved in reaching the Final Selection, and demonstrate their confidence to the jury.

David Wang (Founder of bo design corp.) recommends that design concepts should be developed step-by-step. He warns that design concepts can easily go off track and become overcomplicated. Ad van Berlo (Founder of VanBerlo) encourages future entrants to do research and get insights. Furthermore, he thinks entrants should speak to their target market and get testimonials from real consumers, which will prove the feasibility of their design concept in the marketplace.

Golden Pin Design Award 2018 Grand Ceremony
On November 29, the Best Design winners of the Golden Pin Design Award and Golden Pin Concept Design Award will be announced at the Grand Ceremony, to be held in Songshan Cultural and Creative Park. The winners of the Golden Pin Design Award will receive the Best Design certificate and the coveted Best Design trophy. Winners of the Golden Pin Concept Design Award not only receive the Best Design certificate and trophy, but also a US$13,000 cash-prize! Additionally, Taiwanese crowdfunding consultant company Backer-Founder is partnered with the Golden Pin Concept Design Award 2018 to help bring the winning design concepts into reality.

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 and within huaren (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.