Golden Pin Design Awards 2016

Over the next two weeks The Inspiration Room will be featuring design projects awarded at the Golden Pin Design Awards 2016 in Taipei on December 1. The Golden Pin award group announced its Best Design winners in two awards, the Golden Pin Design Award and the Golden Pin Concept Design Award, in a star-studded evening ceremony in the Performance Hall of the Eslite Spectrum Songyan store at Songshan Cultural and Creative Park. In the annual Golden Pin Design Award, Taiwan led the way, taking 14 of the total 23 Best Design trophies, followed by China (8) and Macau (1). This is the third year that the Golden Pin Design Award opened to entries from beyond Taiwan, and 2016 saw a record breaking number of submissions: 3,005 design products and projects from 13 countries and regions. In some way, all of this year’s winning products and projects embody the Golden Pin Design Award’s mission: to showcase cutting-edge design specifically created for and within huaren (Chinese-speaking) communities.

Golden Pin Design Awards 2016 key visual

Oki Sato, founder and creative director of renowned Japanese design studio, Nendo, and Jury Chair for the Golden Pin Design Award 2016 Final Selection, said in an opening speech that the level of the quality of the projects entered into the award exceeded his expectations, and that he really enjoyed the judging process, despite how painful it could seem at times. “Along the selection process, we took into consideration important elements, such as function and aesthetics. In addition to this balance, we paid attention to particular elements such as the emotion. After all, design needs to connect people to people, as well as people and space,” he explained of the 2016 jury experience.

On stage, Golden Pin Design Award Best Design winners expressed their gratitude to friends and family, colleagues and clients, teachers and mentors. Many talked of the motivation the award gave them to carry on in their chosen area of design, and some designers from abroad expressed excitement at the opportunity to come to Taipei and meet and exchange ideas with design peers from across the huaren world. Some talked about the similarity between Taiwan’s famed Golden Horse, Golden Melody, and Golden Bell Awards, which celebrate the film, music, and TV communities, expressing gratitude that the local design industry finally has an award of a similar calibre. Many noted that this award gives them courage that designers have the strength to revitalize traditional industries in the region.

The ceremony, which was curated by innovative Taiwanese motion graphics studio, Bito, and hosted by popular local celebrity TV host Mickey Huang, was attended by members of Best Design winning and Finalist companies and studios, as well as huaren and international design world luminaries and other VIP guests from Taiwan’s political, arts, and business communities. In the middle of the ceremony, guests were treated to a stunning multidisciplinary performance in which dancers from Taipei-based Ray Dance Company moved in synchronisation with a loosely Golden Pin-themed audio visual display created by Bito.

Golden Pin Ray Dance Company

The Best Design winners in both awards received a one-of-a-kind trophy designed by Loretta Hui-shan Yang and Chang Yi of the internationally renowned Taiwanese glass art brand, LIULIGONGFANG, as well as a certificate of recognition. Best Design winners in the Golden Pin Concept Design Award also received one of three cash prizes, collectively totaling NT$900,000 (more than US$27,000).

Golden Pin Design Award

Golden Pin Design Awards 2016 Call for Entries

This video, ‘Earth.Heaven’, blends ideas from ancient Chinese culture with contemporary design to explain to audiences across the globe what it means to design for and within huaren (Chinese-speaking) communities.
Bito explores the Golden Pin Design Award’s 2016 theme of ‘Heaven and Earth’ (天地 or Tian Di in Chinese), which is derived from the Chinese cosmological framework of the three universal elements of Heaven, Earth, and Humanity as highlighted in the ancient Chinese divination text, I Ching (also known as the Book of Changes in English). The dot (.) in the studio’s highly abstract creation represents the huaren designer flowing between the realms of Heaven and Earth on a constant search for inspiration.

Invitation to the Golden Pin Design Awards 2016 Ceremony

Bito’s design of the event invitation provided attendees with a pinball puzzle game.

Golden Pin Design Award Call for Entries Credits

The Call for Entries film was produced for the Taiwan Design Centre at Bito, Taipei, by creative director/designer Keng-Ming Liu, producer Elise Gong, associated art director, designer, 3D animator, cel animator and editor Chu-Chieh Lee, concept and script team Keng-Ming Liu, Vicki Huang, Chu-Chieh Lee, 2D animator Phil Wu, 2D and 3D animator Wei Darvish, 2D animator Che-Chieh Chu, 3D animator Ching-Ho Kao, music and sound design team Chia-Wei Hsu and Po-Hao Chi.

Golden Pin Design Awards 2016 Winners

1. Tse-Xin Organic Tea Carrying Case – Taiwan Tea Series of Conservation Animals
Tse-Xin Organic Agriculture Foundation
3ya design Associates
Packaging Design
Taiwan

2. SPACE OF UN-IMAGINABLE – ART TAIPEI 2015
Taiwan Art Gallery Association (TAGA)
WOOYO
Spatial Design
Taiwan

3. The Fanding Past
Shenzhen Tiangongdangdai Culture Development Co. Ltd
Deve Build
Spatial Design
China

4. The Pictogram Design for Taiwan’s 100 Tourist Attractions
HSIN YU design studio
HSIN YU design studio
Visual Communication Design
Taiwan

5. The Little Journey In Taipei
National Theater & Concert Hall
SANXTIN
Visual Communication Design
Taiwan

6. About Trees
Phoenix Science Press
Hanqingtang Design
Visual Communication Design
China

7. BOK FESTIVAL
TODOT DESIGN
TODOT DESIGN
Visual Communication Design
Macau

8. Smart Aquarium Lighting: FLAT ONE
Unity Opto Technology Co. Ltd
YOU HAU CO. LTD (ONF)
Product Design
Taiwan

9. SAVIORE Fire Extinguisher
SPL DESIGN CO. LTD
SPL DESIGN CO. LTD
Product Design
Taiwan

10. Pick-Up Sliders
Lichy Enterprise Co. Ltd
Lichy Enterprise Co. Ltd
Product Design
Taiwan

11. Spiral Stool
MisoSoupDesign
MisoSoupDesign
Product Design
Taiwan

12. ONE SHAKE
源源鋼藝
ndd design, Tainan
Product Design
Taiwan

13. i500 Smart Projector
BenQ Corporation
BenQ Lifestyle Design Center
Product Design
Taiwan

14. OSLO
CHA SHUN Limited Company
design-people
Product Design
Taiwan

15. JIA Inc. The Prep, Rolling Mortar
JIA Inc.
JIA Inc.
Product Design
Taiwan

16. Tandscape
Shiang design studio
Shiang design studio
Product Design
Taiwan

17. Smart Door Window Sensor
SERCOMM CORP
SERCOMM CORP
Product Design
Taiwan

18. MINI TEA SET T1
Xiamen Pertouch Technology Co. Ltd
BALANCE DESIGN
Product Design
China

19. Recycled Concrete De-germing Trash Can
Southwest Jiaotong University School of Architecture and Design Product Design R & D Center
Chengdu Shayuan Industrial Design Co. Ltd
Product Design
China

20. ROAD READY RENTAL LED DISPLAY
ShenZhen Coleder Opto-electronics Co. Ltd
LKK Design Shenzhen Co. Ltd
Product Design
China

21. Handheld 3-Axis Camera Gimbal Stabilizer
Snoppa Technology Co. Ltd
april6th design Co. Ltd
Product Design
China

22. ALL-IRIS Aroma Humidifier
Shenzhen Stylepie Lifestyle Co. Ltd
Shenzhen Stylepie Lifestyle Co. Ltd
Product Design
China

23. Usmile U1
Guangzhou Hao Xing Wan Technology Co. Ltd
inDare Design Strategy Limited
Product Design
China

Golden Pin Concept Design Award 2016 Best Design List

The Golden Pin Concept Design Award offers a total of NT$900,000 (more than US$27,000) in cash prizes, encouraging entrants to consider philosophies, ideologies, principles, or areas of thought attributable to huaren culture or lifestyles in their submitted concepts, as well as the Chinese concept of zhongguan (中觀). Aimed at younger or emerging designers who have yet to launch their products or projects to the market, the award acts as a litmus test for future trends in design for and within huaren communities.

1. HENG
Zanwen Li
Product Design
China

2. Lai Zi Na Li
Chieh-Ying Wang and Man-Lin Wang
Product Design and Visual Communication Design
Taiwan

3. 150 People’s Confessions of Faith
ZhenQin Ji
Visual Communication Design
China

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