Participating entries must be products that are already commercialized, and the entrants must be business entities or design teams.
There are no limits on the number of entries that can be submitted to the Golden Pin Design Award. One product may also be entered in more than one category. For example, Product A can simultaneously be entered in the Product Design Category and the Communication Design Category, although separate registration documents and registration fees must be submitted for each category.
Only products commercialized before Dec. 31, 2018 are eligible.
Simply put, the Golden Pin Design Award is for products that have already been mass-produced and are on the market, while the Golden Pin Concept Design Award is for products that are still in the concept stage and have not yet been mass-produced or sold on the market.
About Online Registration and Entry Applications
You need to click on the authentication link in the email you received when you applied for an account number in order to activate the account.
I have already applied for an account password through the registration system, but I didn’t receive an authentication email. What should I do?
Please contact us with the email you used to sign up for the account, your company name and your contact telephone number.
I already registered for an account password last year through the registration system. Can I still use it to log in?
You need to reapply for this year’s registration account password.
The registration system has fields for product introductions in both Chinese and English. Can I only fill in the Chinese section?
The Golden Pin Design Award’s judges are comprised of renowned domestic and international design experts. Moreover, winning products may be exhibited abroad. Therefore, it is very important that English product introductions are written properly, and applicants must complete them.
The registration system requires product introductions of two lengths, 300 characters and 80 characters. What is the difference?
The 300-character product introduction is provided to judges to use as a reference when judging the products. The 80-character product introduction is used for Golden Pin Design Award-related marketing exposure purposes and media reports.
Yes, but please ensure the uploaded photos are able to fully show the external appearance and features of the product.
My product is a series and composed of many parts. Do I enter the entire series, or do I enter the parts separately?
If you want to emphasize your product’s overall visual image, you can enter the entire series as one product. If you want to emphasize that every one of the products that make up the series has its own external design and features, you can enter them separately. You will need to pay a separate entry fee for each entry.
I entered my series of products in the Product Design Category. How should I fill in the dimensions?
You can use the overall dimensions.
What is the registration process for the Golden Pin Design Award? How can I verify I have completed the registration process?
- Register online for a Golden Pin Design Award account and password. Activate the account (click the authentication link in the e-mail you receive). Read the related consent form and personal information usage regulations, and check the box to indicate you agree.
- Complete step 1 by filling in the basic information of the applicant.
- Complete step 2 by filling in the product information. Save the product information.
- The registration deadline for 2018 is 5 p.m. (Taipei time, GMT+08:00) on June 28. You may modify the product information up until the deadline. However, if you used the early bird registration and completed the payment of the early bird-discounted registration fee before April 30, you will not be able to modify the product information.
- The registration fees for entries must be paid before 5 p.m. (Taipei time, GMT+08:00) on June 28, 2018. If you use a wire transfer to pay the registration fee, you must upload the remittance certificate to the “online registration system” to complete the registration process.
About Registration Fees
You can pay the registration fee by credit card (Visa, MasterCard, JCB), WeChat Pay or wire transfer (NT dollar, US dollar). Please note you will be responsible for remittance transaction fees and additional fees. In other words, the full registration fee must be received (100% T/T).
The Golden Pin Design Award charges a registration fee of NT$2,000 per product (US$70, CNY¥450). There are no other fees.
The Golden Pin Design Award charges a registration fee of NT$2,000 per product (US$70, CNY¥450). There are no additional fees for promotional purposes.
E-invoices will be issued based on the company information provided during the registration process, and sent through email.
About Selection Process and Awards
Yes, the 2018 awards ceremony is scheduled for the end of November in Taipei. The year’s Best Design Award winners will be announced on that evening.
Will the winning products receive certificates or trophies? Do these certificates and trophies cost anything?
The Golden Pin Design Award winning products will be presented with certificates. Only the Best Design Award winners will also receive trophies. There are no additional fees.
Products that win the Golden Pin Design Award have the right to use the Golden Pin Design logo. The products also gain global marketing exposure through the Golden Pin Design Award traveling exhibition and online platforms.
Entries are limited to works that will not be manufactured or sold on the market in the current year. Projects commissioned by a client and projects in active development are ineligible.
Works by students, designers, or design companies from any country are eligible.
The Golden Pin Concept Design Award is for works that have yet to be manufactured and marketed, or for client proposals that have yet to be executed or other proposals that are still in the conceptual stage. On the other hand, the Golden Pin Design Award is for works that have been manufactured or marketed or client proposals that have been executed.
There are no restrictions on the number of entries, and participants can use the same work to compete in different categories simultaneously.
For example, a participant may use a single work to compete in both the Product Design and the Communication Design categories as long as two separate introductions are submitted.
All works that have yet to be manufactured or marketed by December 31st of the current year are eligible (products may only be shipped after January 1st of the following year).
Is the key visual or the curatorial plan of a graduation exhibition eligible for the Golden Pin Concept Design Award?
Regardless of whether the exhibition is a ticketed show or not, unexecuted design proposals are eligible while those that have been executed are not.
With the exception of publications, merchandise that has been put up for sale is not eligible (please see the next question).
Are publications (such as books, newspapers, magazines, etc.) that have been put up for sale at my graduation exhibition eligible?
All publications, before officially being put on the market, are required to apply for an ISBN/CIP, which is a set of numbers the government gives to approved publications. As such, those that have not yet been assigned an ISBN/CIP are eligible.
Are digital works (such as videos, animations, games, web design, etc.) that are not mass produced eligible?
They are eligible if they are non-commissioned works (Note: launched mobile applications are not eligible).
About Online Registration and Entry Applications
The system was relaunched in 2019, and therefore accounts registered in that year should be able to access the system. If you have registered your account but cannot log in, please check whether the email address used for the account was registered in 2019, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
What is the application process for the Golden Pin Concept Design Award? How do I know if my application submission has been successful?
- Please register an account on the application system at https://my.goldenpin.net/ (You can log in directly if you registered in 2019.)
- Fill out your basic information (applicant’s contact information).
- Fill out the entry description: Click “Submit” and carefully fill out a description of your entry in both Chinese and English; click “Save” to save the record.
- You will receive a confirmation email once you have successfully submitted your entry, and you may review your application in the system.
- You may modify the description of your entry at any time prior to the application deadline.
Although there are fields for both Chinese and the English entry descriptions in the application system, can I choose to fill out only the Chinese version?
The Golden Pin Concept Design Award will invite acclaimed experts in the field of design both from Taiwan and abroad to serve as the jury, and will also arrange exhibitions overseas for winning entries. Therefore, it is important to introduce the entry in proper English, and all participants should complete an English description of their entry.
In terms of the design description included in the application, is there a restriction on the number of words or anything else that participants should be aware of?
An entry description should not contain more than 200 Chinese words or 1,200 English characters. Please do not write in bullet points, and please use punctuation for readability.
Yes, but it is recommended that you upload image(s) that can fully demonstrate the features of an entry; at least 1 image of your entry is required.
Yes, but it is recommended that the collage focuses on demonstrating the features of the entry and reduces the need for written description.
If your focus is the overall visual image of the work, then it can be listed as a single entry, but if you would like to emphasize the appearance and function of individual parts/works, it is recommended that you list them separately. In the latter case, please fill out separate applications for each of the works.
You may use its total combined dimensions (the space the whole series occupies).
Although there are no restrictions in general, due to limited space on the trophy and certificate, please do not put more than 9 names for an entry. If there are more than 9 individuals, it is recommended that you use a group name instead.
It is free to apply for the Golden Pin Concept Design Award. For works that have reached the market or client proposals that have been executed, please apply for the Golden Pin Design Award and notify the Golden Pin Concept Design Award team at email@example.com so that they can delete the application from the system.
About Selection Process and Awards
How will I know if my entry receives an award? Will I be notified if my entry is selected for the next round?
The result of every round will be posted on the official website, but due to the huge number of entries, we will only notify those who advance to the next round.
You do not need to submit the work itself for the preliminary or secondary selection, but you will be required to submit it for the final selection if your work passes secondary selection and is awarded the Golden Pin Concept Design Mark.
If your work is too large and cannot be physically transported to the selection, please notify the Golden Pin Concept Design Award team of the situation by uploading an entry video (not exceeding 180 seconds) when filling out the application, and doing so once again before the final selection. Upon approval by the committee, the entry will be eligible to participate in the final selection in video format.
The Golden Pin Concept Design Award team will use final selection entries for exhibition and promotional purposes, and therefore participants will not be able to retrieve their works for a period of 6 months after the final selection. The team will notify participants when it is time to retrieve their entries; all expenses (such as transportation costs) are to be paid by the participants.
There will be a combined awards ceremony for both the Golden Pin Concept Design Award and the Golden Pin Design Award at the end of the year. The recipients of the Best of Golden Pin Concept Design Award will be announced at the ceremony (please check the official website for schedule details).
Winning entries will receive a certificate, and entries awarded the Best of Golden Pin Concept Design Award will receive both a certificate and a trophy. These are all free of charge.
The designers of the winning entries will be granted the right to use the Golden Pin Concept Design Mark, and to participate in an exclusive training course that will help enhance their communication skills. In addition, these works will be showcased at the Golden Pin Design Award’s Winners’ Exhibition, where they will be promoted on a global scale through Golden Pin media partners.
The benefits for winning entries, such as being listed in the Golden Pin Design Award Yearbook and included in the online exhibition on the Golden Pin Design Award’s official website, are all free of charge.
The Young Pin Design Award is only open to students in Taiwan that have shown their graduating Bachelor’s degree projects at YODEX (yodex.com.tw). For more information on this award, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. For introductions to selected works of participating students since 2015, please visit: youngpin100.com (Chinese only).