On November 29 at the Multi-Showcase Hall in Taipei’s Songshan Cultural and Creative Park, the Golden Pin Design Award holds its annual Forum where trailblazing international designers speak to Taiwan’s design community. This year’s theme is design and social responsibility, discussing how designers can better serve society. The Forum’s speakers, who come from the Netherlands, Japan, USA, and Singapore, offer solutions to problems that exist between economic development and human or environmental welfare.
Famous TV news anchor, Lulu Hsia hosts the Forum, and the keynote address will be given by Chi-Yi Chang, Chairman of Taiwan Design Center. After the introductions, the four international design experts take to the stage, each speaking for twenty-minutes, then answering questions from Lulu Hsia for ten-minutes. Their topics, addressing design and social responsibility, range from education to business and culture.
Early bird tickets are available from October 15-31 via Accupass for just NT$500, and starting from November 1 the standard admission price is NT$600. Group tickets are also available from October 15. The talks are given in English, Chinese, and Japanese, while translation devices are available to everyone in attendance. Doors open at 9am, and each talk lasts for half an hour, finishing at 12pm.
When: Monday, November 29, 9AM – 12PM
Where: Multi-Showcase Hall, Songshan Cultural and Creative Park
Chi-Yi Chang, Chairman of Taiwan Design Center (Taiwan)
Chi-Yi Chang is dedicated to raising the quality of architecture in Taiwan and promoting aesthetics in education. The current Chairman of Taiwan Design Center, he also holds positions as Vice President for General Affairs and Professor in the Graduate Institute of Architecture at National Chiao Tung University, as well as Vice Chairman at Xue Xue Foundation.
Ad van Berlo, Founder of VanBerlo (Netherlands)
Dutch designer and visionary, Ad van Berlo introduces his theory of ‘Creative Equity’, which is his vision for better returns on innovation. His study establishes a model that can measure and quantify an organization’s potential for innovation. Founder of VanBerlo, and founding partner of IQ+ Innovation Capitalist, he also holds a teaching position at Eindhoven University of Technology.
Kashiwa Sato, Creative Director of SAMURAI Inc. (Japan)
Rockstar of the Japanese graphic design industry, Kashiwa Sato talks on ‘Creating new perspective for early learning’. His talk centers on the case of Fuji Kindergarten in Tokyo, which follows the Montessori Method whereby children are granted the freedom to learn through discovery. Aside from his role as Creative Director at SAMURAI Inc., Sato is also a bestselling author on subjects related to design thinking.
Edmond Bakos, Managing Director of CHAMPALIMAUD Design (USA)
American interior designer and architect, Edmond Bakos discusses ‘How One Lives: The Designer as Cultural Anthropologist’. His projects, as Managing Director of CHAMPALIMAUD Design, see him traveling all around the globe. As a result, he encounters diverse cultural understandings of luxury, which leads him think of his profession as cultural anthropology before architecture or design.
Chris Lee, Founder and Creative Director of Asylum (Singapore)
Maverick of the Singaporean creative sphere, Chris Lee titles his talk ‘Once upon a time…Making history relevant to a new generation’, in which he discusses design education. Outside of his role as Founder and Creative Director of Asylum, he is also a founding member and ex-President of The Design Society, a non-profit organization that aims to promote visual culture through exhibitions, workshops and education.
About the Golden Pin Design Award Group
The annual Golden Pin Design Award is the longest-running international design award that celebrates products or projects expressly created for and within huaren (Chinese-speaking) communities, offering entrants an unprecedented opportunity to prove their prowess in the world’s largest market.
The Golden Pin Design Award Group is comprised of two international awards — the Golden Pin Design Award, the Golden Pin Concept Design Award — and the Young Pin Design Award for students in Taiwan. The Golden Pin Design Award Group is executed by the Taiwan Design Center and organized by the Industrial Development Bureau, Ministry of Economic Affairs. The Ministry of Economic Affairs acts in an advisory capacity.
For more insight into what it means to design for huaren communities, visit: designperspectives.org/