Golden Pin Design Award 2021 Exhibition
2021金點設計展 GOLDEN PIN DESIGN AWARD 2021 EXHIBITION
The inception of an idea begins alone and quietly. Once it has taken shape, it is then uploaded to a larger network. Within this network of dialogue and exchange, a grander whole is woven into existence. This quotidian process was only amplified by the COVID-19 pandemic; while quarantines kept us apart physically, they also accelerated our exchanges in the virtual world. This year’s Golden Pin Design Award was judged completely online for the first time in the award’s history. After overcoming multiple challenges, the winning designs can finally be “uploaded” to the physical world, where a precious exchange of ideas will unfold.
This year’s exhibition has not been set up according to the category of the participating designs; instead, they will be sorted into six different design philosophies based on the concept behind each design: “Redefining place,” “This is what life can be like,” “Problem solved,” “New heights in beauty,” “To the future we go” and “Imagination is limitless.” In this way, the designs can overcome the visual associations of their physical appearance to establish a cross-domain dialogue based on the conceptual seeds from which they were conceived.
Furthermore, we have designed interactive question cards for each of the six - design philosophies to encourage exhibition-goers to come up with their own answers to these “questions” while viewing the winning designs. In this way, viewers can approach these works from a variety of different perspectives, allowing us to realize that there is no one single standard for best in design awards; rather, it is dependent on the approach one takes when viewing the work. At the end of the exhibition is a co-creative wall with random patterns printed on pieces of paper, expressing that design does not grow out of thin air; rather, the creative insights behind design are derived from observing and exploring various phenomena.
The Golden Pin Design Award’s 2021 Exhibition, UPLOAD, is an interactive space for dialogue and discussion. The exhibition will “upload” the winning designs to the physical world and invite viewers to join in and participate in the collective feedback, in a reflection of the process through which designs are refined during their creation and use. Visitors to UPLOAD can collectively join in and help co-create more innovative designs than ever before.
燈光設計｜瓦豆 We Do Group
展場攝影｜汪德範 Te-Fan Wang、黑鳥音像 Lemonster Lee