Questions about the Golden Pin Design Award

What qualifications must be met to enter the Golden Pin Design Award?

Participating entries must be commercial products, and the entrants must be business entities or design teams.

Is there a limit on the number of entries that can be submitted to the Golden Pin Design Award?

There is no limit on the number of entries that can be submitted to the Golden Pin Design Award. The same product may 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.

Can I enter products that are not yet in mass production?

Only entries which will be put into commercial production before December 31 of the year of the award are eligible to be entered.

What is the difference between the Golden Pin Design Award and the Golden Pin Concept Design Award?

The Golden Pin Design Award is given to mass-produced designs already on the market, while the Golden Pin Concept Design Award is for conceptual designs that have yet to be produced/sold on the market, non-commissioned conceptual design projects, and unimplemented conceptual design proposals.

Questions about Online Registration and Entry Applications

I have already registered through the registration system. Why can’t I log in?

Please click on the link in the authentication email you received after registration in order to activate your account.

I did not receive an authentication email after registration. What should I do?

Please contact us at gpaward@tdri.org.tw and provide us with your username (e-mail address), company name, and telephone number.

I registered for an account last year. Can I change my username for this year?

No. Please register for a new account if you wish to use a different username.

The registration system has fields for introducing the entry in both Chinese and English. Can I only fill in the Chinese section?

The jury for the Golden Pin Design Award is composed of renowned domestic and international design experts. As winning entries may be exhibited abroad, it is very important to include properly written English language introductions. Applicants must therefore fill out both fields.

The registration system requires two entry descriptions of different lengths (300 characters and 80 characters). What is the difference?

The 300-character entry descriptions are used as references for the judging process. The 80-character entry descriptions are used by the Golden Pin Design Award for media exposure and publicity purposes.

Can I upload fewer than the required number of entry photos?

Yes, but you must upload at least one photo. We recommend that you upload photos that fully show the external appearance and features of the entry.

Is there a file size limit on entry photo uploads to the registration system?

The file types are limited to JPG, JPEG, and PNG; photo resolution should be 300 dpi or above; photo size should be around 21 x 29.7 cm. Photos should not contain descriptive text or company logo watermarks, nor should any single photo consist of a photo collage.

Can the design proposal for entries in the Integration Design Category be written completely in Chinese?

  • The jury for the Golden Pin Design Award is composed of renowned domestic and international design experts. We recommend that descriptions be written in both English and Chinese.

My entry incorporates different designs. Do I enter them separately or as a whole?

  • If you want to emphasize your entry’s overall visual aesthetic, you can enter the whole as one entry. If you want to emphasize a unique exterior design or features of the individual designs, you can enter them separately. Note that you will need to pay a separate registration fee for each entry.

What is the registration process for the Golden Pin Design Award? How do I verify that I have completed the registration process?

  • Register online for a Golden Pin Design Award account and activate the account (click on the authentication link in the e-mail you receive).
  • Read the terms and conditions and our policy on the use of personal information, and check the box to indicate your acceptance. Then proceed with the following steps:
  • Step 1: Fill out the basic information of the applying company.
  • Step 2: Fill out and save the entry information.
  • Step 3: Pay the registration fee. Note that you may only make changes to entry information prior to completing payment.
  • The registration process is only complete if the applicant completes the payment of the registration fee within the designated time period. Payment status can be verified in the registration system.

Questions about Registration Fees

What are the payment methods for the registration fee?

Payment of the registration fee may be made using a credit card (Visa/MasterCard/JCB), WeChat Pay, or online wire transfer. Please note that entrants shall bear the cost of remittance fees and other additional fees and are required to pay in full [100%TT (telegraphic transfer)].

Are there any additional fees for the Golden Pin Design Award besides the registration fee?

Other than the registration fee for entries, no fees are required.

Will any additional fees be incurred if my entry wins?

Entrants with winning entries are not required to pay any additional fees for promotional purposes.

Will I receive an invoice for the registration fee?

E-invoices will be issued in accordance with the company information provided during the registration process and sent through email.

Questions about the Selection Process and Awards

Do I need to deliver the physical entry materials to the selection venue?

Physical entries are not required during Preliminary Selection. You will only need to deliver the physical entry materials to the indicated selection venue if you are notified that your entry has progressed to Secondary Selection or Final Selection.

My physical entry is too large to deliver to the selection venue. What should I do?

If your physical entry is too large to deliver to the selection venue, please upload a short video (up to 180 seconds) introducing your entry and provide a link during the registration process. You will also need to inform the Golden Pin Design Award team in advance regarding your reason for not delivering the physical entry for the selection process. If the organizer grants approval, then the entry’s introductory video can be used to represent the entry during Secondary and Final Selection.

Will the physical entries submitted for Secondary Selection be returned once the selection process is completed?

Once Secondary Selection is completed, the Golden Pin Design Award team will announce the time and location for entry pickups. Please pick up your entry during the designated time period. Participants are responsible for all transport and transport-related expenses (e.g., customs duties) for their entries.

Will the physical entries submitted for Final Selection be returned once the selection process is completed?

Once Final Selection is completed, the Golden Pin Design Award team will keep all the participating entries until after the Golden Pin Winners’ Exhibition. After that, the Golden Pin Design Award team will notify participants of the return of their entries. Participants are responsible for all entry transport and transport-related expenses (e.g., customs duties).

Will there be an awards ceremony for the Golden Pin Design Award?

Yes, the awards ceremony is scheduled to be held in Taipei in late November or early December of the award year. Winners of the year’s Best of Golden Pin Design Award will be announced at the awards ceremony.

Will the winning entries receive certificates/trophies? Do these certificates/trophies incur additional costs?

All Golden Pin Design Award winning entries will be presented with certificates. Only Best of Golden Pin Design Award winners will receive trophies. There are no additional costs.

Does applying for additional certificates or trophies incur additional fees?

Certificates and trophies are presented as explained above. Entrants are charged NT$1,000 (shipping fee not included; NT$200 for shipment within Asia, NT$500 for shipment outside of Asia) for each additional certificate and NT$30,000 (shipping fee not included; NT$1,000 for shipment within Asia, NT$2,000 for shipment outside of Asia) for each additional trophy.

What types of privileges do Golden Pin Design Award winning entries enjoy?

Golden Pin Design Award winning entries are granted the right to use the Golden Pin Design Mark. The entries also gain global media exposure through the Golden Pin Design Award’s exhibition tour and online platforms.

About Eligibility

Who is eligible to apply for the Golden Pin Concept Design Award?

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.

What is the difference between the Golden Pin Design Award and the Golden Pin Concept Design Award?

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.

Are there any restrictions on the number of entries for the Golden Pin Concept Design Award?

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.

If I plan to fundraise or am presently fundraising for my work, is it eligible?

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.

Is merchandise that was put up for sale at my graduation exhibition eligible?

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

Why can’t I log into my account even though I have registered before?

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 gpconcept@tdri.org.tw

What is the application process for the Golden Pin Concept Design Award? How do I know if my application submission has been successful?

  1. Please register an account on the application system at https://my.goldenpin.net/ (You can log in directly if you registered in 2019.)
  2. Fill out your basic information (applicant’s contact information).
  3. 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.
  4. You will receive a confirmation email once you have successfully submitted your entry, and you may review your application in the system.
  5. 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.

Can I upload fewer than 5 images of my entry to the application system?

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.

If I have more than 5 entry pictures, can I upload them as a collage?

Yes, but it is recommended that the collage focuses on demonstrating the features of the entry and reduces the need for written description.

If my work is a series of several works, should it be listed as a single entry or separate ones?

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.

If I would submit a series of work as one entry, how do I describe the dimensions?

You may use its total combined dimensions (the space the whole series occupies).

Are there restrictions on the number of participants that can be listed on an entry?

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.

How do I pay the application fee?

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 gpconcept@tdri.org.tw 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.

Do I need to submit the work itself for the selection?

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.

What do I do if my work is too large and cannot be physically transported to the final selection?

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.

Can I get my entry back after the final selection is over?

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.

Will there be an awards ceremony for the Golden Pin Concept Design Award?

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).

Do I need to pay for the certificate and the trophy?

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.

What are other benefits are there for winning the Golden Pin Concept Design Award?

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.

Do I need to pay any extra fees if my work receives the award?

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 youngpin@tdri.org.tw. For introductions to selected works of participating students since 2015, please visit: youngpin100.com (Chinese only).