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Taiwanese designs a big winner at Golden Pin Design Award

The designers of The Guidebook of Marine Debris winning the Special Annual Award for Social Design / Photo courtesy of the Golden Pin Design Award
The designers of The Guidebook of Marine Debris winning the Special Annual Award for Social Design / Photo courtesy of the Golden Pin Design Award

Taipei, Dec. 6 (CNA) The design work "The Guidebook of Marine Debris" by a Taipei-based environmental conservation organization on Thursday won two 2019 Golden Pin design awards, a top design award in the global Mandarin-speaking market.

The design by Taiwan RE-THINK Environmental Education Association, an organization dedicated to the protection of Taiwan's beaches, coasts, mountains and oceans received a Golden Pin Best Design Award in the communication design category and a Special Annual Award for Social Design at the award presentation ceremony in Taipei that day.

The project took the 101 items most commonly found on Taiwan's beaches and presented them on an interactive website so the public can better understand the problem of household waste getting into the oceans.

A screenshot of "The Guidebook of Marine Debris" / Photo courtesy of the Golden Pin Design Award

The project was a way, through design, to increase public awareness of the problems posed by trash and how it affects our environment, said Jason Huang (黃之揚), co-founder of the organization.

"I know that many people participate in beach clean-ups across Taiwan, but after that day, then what? Because after that event, there will still be more trash," he told CNA, adding that they decided to compile the guidebook to let the public see the seriousness of the underlying problem.

In a statement the jury commended the design as a wonderful bridge between social issues and creativity, discovering abstract beauty in waste materials that have been weathered over time by nature.

"This entry inspires the viewer to think about philosophical issues such as the meaning of nature, of human life, and the boundary between waste and useful items. With its clear, light touch, this entry thinks deeply in its exploration of the waste problem," the jury said.

Another Taiwanese design that also won big was W Glass by Kiwico Corporation, which won a Golden Pin Best Design Award in the product design category and a Special Annual Award for Circular Design for beverage glasses made using recycled glass.

The dyed glass casts a rich, amber hue upon any beverage, according to the awards website.

"Handmade from recycled glass, this product is a proud showcase of Taiwan's dedication to craftsmanship," the jury said.

W Glass / Photo courtesy of the the Golden Pin Design Award

The designers of W Glass, who won the Special Annual Award for Circular Design / Photo courtesy of the the Golden Pin Design Award

Meanwhile, another 17 Taiwanese designs also won Golden Pin Best Design Awards, along with 14 designs from China, Hong Kong, South Korea and Germany.

The winners were selected from 7,937 works from more than 30 countries by a jury of 82 local and foreign design experts.

Photo courtesy of the Golden Pin Design Award

Taiwan's Golden Pin Design Award was introduced by the Ministry of Economic Affairs' Industrial Development Bureau (IDB) in 1981, to recognize innovative designs in the Chinese-speaking world and is organized by the Taiwan Design Center.

(By William Yen)

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