The Final Selection for the 2020 Golden Pin Design Award and the 2020 Golden Pin Concept Design Award took place this week at Taipei’s Songshan Cultural and Creative Park, from September 15 to 17. A panel of a dozen design and creative heavyweights from around the world was tasked with selecting the Best Design and Special Annual Award winners from among the submissions that received the Design Mark in the Secondary Selection. The list of nominees will be announced shortly. Who will take home the top prizes? Stay tuned for the December awards ceremony to find out!
This year’s Final Selection boasts a stellar panel of judges working in a variety of design and artistic fields: renowned Japanese product designer Fumie Shibata; Finnish architect Marco Casagrande; Gerald Mark Soto, 2D Animation Director of U.S. animation production company Brand New School; Singaporean product designer Nathan Yong; celebrated Taiwanese graphic designer Aaron Nieh; Sheng-Yuan Huang, lead architect at Fieldoffice Architects; Hugh Hu, founder of Ndd Design Tainan; Manfred Wang, professor at National Taiwan Normal University’s Department of Design; Jennifer Tsai, President of Proad Identity Design; Onion Design Associates founder Andrew Wong; Angela C. Soong, director of Ecoscope Design & Planning ; and L+Design chief designer Johnson Li.
First up was the Final Selection for the Golden Pin Design Award, on September 15 and 16. It took the judges 15 hours of heated debate and several close votes to finally reach a consensus on the winners of the Best Design, Special Annual Award in Circular Design, and Special Annual Award in Social Design from among the 527 Design Mark recipients. First-time judges Marco Casagrande and Nathan Yong both told the awards organizer that they were amazed at the quality, diversity, and creative energy of the nominated works. They were particularly inspired by entries that were simple in form but that came from a place of care for humanity.
Up next on September 16–17 was the Final Selection for the Golden Pin Concept Design Award, whose jury was made up of designers of an equal caliber. In addition to Golden Pin Design Award judges Fumie Shibata, Marco Casagrande, Gerald Mark Soto, Nathan Yong, Johnson Li, and Angela C. Soong, other jury members included Business Next Magazine founder Wei-Hsiung Chan; Acer Incorporated AVP Seji Peng; Apex Pang-Soong Lin, president of Taiwan Design Alliance; Grace Wang, president of Que Sera Sera Inc.; Social Design Inc. co-founder Han-Chung Wu; zeczec.com co-founder Quake Hsu; and Unicorn Reading Studio founder Jenny Lee. By including a wider range of talent in the judging panel, the awards organizer hoped to discover more bold and innovative concept designs than ever before. Among the 60 Concept Design Mark recipients, three will be crowned Best Design winners and one will take home the Special Annual Award—ConceptD Award.
Best Design Mark recipients were allowed to attend the Final Selection in person to submit the concepts underlying their works to the jury in person. At the same time, jury members were free to ask for explanations, and there was no shortage of challenging questions. Chia-Chun Chuang and Pei-Chun Hsueh, the designers of LIDfree Cup, described the jury’s inquiries as “sharp and incisive.” They noted that the jury shed light on many aspects worth considering during the design process and made suggestions which would be helpful for their future creations. It was the pair’s first time at the competition, and despite the many challenges they faced during the Preliminary, Secondary, and Final Selections, they feel nothing but respect for the professionalism and thoroughness shown by the judges throughout the process. Heng-Ju Wen, whose Wind Font recently reached its crowdfunding goal, said that preparations for the Final Selection were a great opportunity for her to refine her work. Wen had previously attended workshops offered by the awards organizer that helped her improve her slideshow creation and oral presentation skills.
Fumie Shibata, who flew into Taiwan from Japan specifically to serve as a judge, looked for designers who were not afraid to break with convention and think outside the box. During the selection process, Shibata saw several unique designs that piqued her interest and led her to approach her own designs from a fresh perspective. Shibata also placed a great deal of value on whether the concepts and designs submitted to the Golden Pin Design and Concept Design Awards would have the effect of encouraging forward-thinking creativity and whether they would improve people’s lives.
The three-stage selection process for the 2020 Golden Pin Design and Concept Design Awards has now come to a conclusion. The shortlist of nominees for both awards will be announced on the Awards official website by the end of September. The awards ceremony is scheduled for early December, during which the two top honors—Best Design and the Special Annual Award—will be presented to the winners.