In 2016, Kazuo Tanaka was invited to give a speech at the World Design Conference in Taiwan. The presence of Taiwan’s president at the conference made him envious; it shows the tremendous support for Taiwanese design that you might not see in other places. Tanaka is proud to be invited back to Taiwan as Chief Judge of the 2017 Golden Pin Design Award.
Recalling his first impression of Taiwan at a design conference in 1993, he immediately recognized the people’s passion and energy. To this day, he still sees that same spirit represented in the work of Taiwanese designers. When Japan suffered a disastrous earthquake in 2011, Taiwan donated considerable aid to the people affected. This international act of compassion left a lasting impression on him.
Tanaka is CEO of GK Design in Japan. His team designed the logo and interior design for Mazendo in Taiwan, and visual communication for sign posts at Taiwan’s new Taoyuan International Airport terminal 3 building. From his days as a junior designer at GK, he always imagined himself becoming CEO. He advises design students to follow their dreams.
Nowadays, Taiwanese and Japanese designers collaborate on many levels. Recently, Taiwan Design Center collaborated with Tokyo Sumida District on a Taiwanese design, Japanese manufacturing project. Tanaka believes that collaboration between Taiwanese and Japanese designers will become increasingly popular in the near future. He notes Taiwanese design for its delicate and meticulous quality.
If you want to know more about Tanaka’s design philosophy, come to his presentation on December 7 in Taipei. For more details please follow the Golden Pin Design Award website and social media. Read the full article here (in Chinese only): https://goo.gl/NMjPV9