Taipei international design award

Encouraging good design with commercial potential

by Malcolm Clark
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Taipei City Government is organising the seventh “Taipei International Design Award” in order to convey to the world the quality image of “Taipei Design”. Creative designers, teachers and students of design schools, and people with design passion from around the globe are invited to submit design works, to be publicly selected among international design works, as well as serve as creative design exchange platform to discover creative works with commercial potential. The deadline for registration is 31 July 2014. The finalists will be announced on 22nd August and they will be required to produce their final work or mockup by 25th September before the awards ceremony on November 7th.

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Taipei International Design Award this year became the first to receive recognition from the three major design councils: the International Council of Societies of Industrial Design (ICSID), The International Council of Graphic Design Associations (ICOGRADA) and The International Federation of Interior Architects/Designers (IFI). Officially became the internationally renowned major platform for designers to compete. The Department of Economic Development of Taipei City Government states that since this award begun in 2008, there has been 10,258 pieces of excellent work joining the competition, and last year saw a breakthrough of 4,001 works with 40% of them by contestants from abroad and a total of 45 country representatives that chose to enter this contest. This award is without doubt, most successful in attracting foreign contestants among other awards or competition. It is also the only competing platform in the country that encourages the combination of creative designing concepts with actual pragmatism. This award is among the few that carries influence and weight.

Last years winners were the floating wall footbridge by G-shop Design, MAYU Architects, TNC Design Group, in the Public Space Design category. This footbridge was designed to reconnect the historical Hen-chun town walls, which were interrupted when the Hen-chun High School expanded, and complete the walking path upon the wall. It also created an independent route for the tourists to avoid the interference with students. The footbridge is also a landscaping sculpture for the school. It provides a stage for these students, and the interesting landscape created by the structure could be transformed into playground in the future.

Noise and Fury, a poster design by Anatolii Grashchenko for a music festival won the golden award in the Visual Communication Design category.


The Industrial Design category was won by Easy pin by Lee Kai Yin and Wangsi Xin, which also picked up the Mayor's award. The pins combine clips and pushpins. They prevent making unsightly holes on paper and precious photos when being pinned to a noticeboard. They also have a bevel which makes it easier to pull the pins out . Easy Pins are made of transparent plastic which will not blank your documents and photos, while the metallic Easy Pins are durable.

The Top Winner will receive prizes amounting NTD 500,000 (approx. 16,500 USD).
Apart from the cash prize, the Golden/Silver/Bronze winners will also receive a trophy and a certificate of recognition.