Taiwan’s Golden Pin Design Award 2018 Opens International Call for Entries

Taipei, TAIWAN — The Golden Pin Design Award 2018 Call for Entries is now open. For the first time, the annual competition is open to companies from anywhere in the world. The deadline for entries is June 28, and early bird entrants can benefit from a discounted registration fee before April 30.


This is the 38th year of the Golden Pin Design Award. Over the past 37 years, the award has built a reputation as the authority on design in the Chinese-speaking world, only opening to international entrants in 2014. The award specializes in huaren design — design for and within the Chinese-speaking community.


The global huaren community is the world’s largest diaspora and around 1.2 billion people, which is 16 percent of the world’s population, speak Chinese as a first language (Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, 2012). The Golden Pin Design Award offers a chance for international companies to share their greatest designs with the huaren community, both in the Greater China region and worldwide.


What’s new in 2018?
Previously, entrants needed to be a registered company in a Chinese-speaking country or region in order to participate. This year, the Golden Pin Design Award encourages more international companies to take part by opening the annual competition to companies from anywhere in the world. Between 2014 and 2017, the number of participating countries and regions rose from 8 to a total of 14. Last year saw winning entries from OCULUS GmbH (Germany), Eppendorf AG (Germany), Sha Design (USA), LAANK (Singapore), Art-Zoo (Singapore), and Hirota Glass Company (Japan).


Integration design
This year, the Golden Pin Design Award introduces a new category — Integration design. The reason for this new category is the award committee’s observation of a growing trend in design that integrates multiple disciplines. Integration design includes design practices related to Professional curation, Ambient experience, Service design, Social design, Non-profit design, Urban and public design, Solution design, and others.


Best Design winner from 2017, ‘UPTO 3742 | TOP OF THE RIDGE’ is representative of the new Integration design category; a Samsung virtual reality exhibition that transports visitors into the high mountains of Taiwan; its creator, InFormat Design Curating pushes the boundaries of design in curating experiential exhibitions.


Communication design
Golden Pin Design Award introduces another new category this year — Communication design, consolidating the established categories of Visual Communication design and Packaging design. Communication design includes design practices related to Corporate and brand identity, Publications, Packaging, Posters, Font design, Animation, Advertisement, Online and interface design, Applications, and others.


Why to enter
In 2017, the executors of the Golden Pin Design Award, Taiwan Design Center received 2919 entries from 14 countries and regions around the world; USA, Netherlands, UK, Germany, Switzerland, Japan, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Taiwan, China, Hong Kong, and Macau. Of those entrants, 455 received the Design Mark, and 23 won the coveted Best Design trophy.


1. An affordable entry fee with no additional costs incurred at any stage of the award process.


2. All entries are subjected to a comprehensive review by an expert panel of jurors, which in the past has included local and international design world luminaries; Oki Sato of Nendo (Japan); Rossana Hu of Neri&Hu (China); Martin Darbyshire of tangerine (UK); Kristof Crolla of L.E.A.D (Hong Kong); Dr. Brandon Gien of Good Design (Australia); and Shikuan Chen, Head of Design at Compal Electronics (Taiwan).


3. A coveted Golden Pin Design Mark received by all entrants who pass secondary selection. This is an indicator of innovation and quality, which is well recognized by consumers in the Chinese-speaking world, and can be used by recipients for marketing materials and online promotion.


4. An invitation to attend the lavish November award ceremony in Taiwan’s buzzing capital city, Taipei — providing a chance to network with designers and company owners from across the Greater China region and beyond.


5. The chance to take home a bespoke trophy designed by world-renowned Taiwanese glass art brand, LIULIGONGFANG, presented to all Best Design winners at the ceremony.


6. Multilingual coverage and promotional opportunities for Design Mark recipients and Best Design winners. Past winners have been profiled in hundreds of publications since 2014, including Domus China Edition, Designboom China, IdN World (Hong Kong), Indesign Live (Hong Kong & Singapore), Cubes (Singapore), Portfolio (Singapore), Cutout (Malaysia), Art4D (Thailand), Creative Gaga (India), Design Pataki (India).


2018 Registration
International entrants are invited to all four categories — Product design, Communication design, Spatial design, and Integration design. Follow this link for entry guidelines: