SPECIAL REPORT

10 Interesting Design Projects Aimed At Making The World A Better Place

by Victor Chen, Photos courtesy of DDG Taiwan
12 Jul 2018

Designers demonstrate their gift for stopping recurring, mundane problems of whatever size or form

Designers participating in the annual Golden Pin Design Award have handed in an incredible array of design prototypes that reflect the design zeitgeist. Hailing from different countries across the globe, they propose design-driven problem solving that can eliminate mundane problem or slow down, if not stop completely, the degradation of the planet.

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.  

With the announcement of Best Design winners planned for the end of November, official international media partner Portfolio offers a first glimpse of some of this year’s most exciting entries.

  • 1. LASER PROJECTION WARNING SIGN (CHINA)
  • 2. FLOATING BOAT HYDROPONICS HOUSE (TAIWAN)
  • 3. COOKIE CHIPPINGS CATCHER (CHINA)
  • 4. SCOBY LIVING PACKAGES (POLAND)
  • 5. UNDER 1.0 (TAIWAN)
  • 6. REWILD (TAIWAN)
  • 7. PRISMVERSE (HONG KONG)
  • 8. ’TO LOVE’ CHOCOLATE (TAIWAN)
  • 9. SANCTUAIRE (MEXICO)
  • 10. MIST ENCOUNTER (TAIWAN)

1. Laser Projection Warning Sign (China)

An improvement on the often overlooked early warning device for vehicular breakdown is this laser projector designed by Dante Wu and Liang Yan-Hong of LM Design. The device projects a highly visible red beam of light on the road. It also has an intelligent design that facilitates rapid deployment during emergencies.

  • 1. LASER PROJECTION WARNING SIGN (CHINA)
  • 2. FLOATING BOAT HYDROPONICS HOUSE (TAIWAN)
  • 3. COOKIE CHIPPINGS CATCHER (CHINA)
  • 4. SCOBY LIVING PACKAGES (POLAND)
  • 5. UNDER 1.0 (TAIWAN)
  • 6. REWILD (TAIWAN)
  • 7. PRISMVERSE (HONG KONG)
  • 8. ’TO LOVE’ CHOCOLATE (TAIWAN)
  • 9. SANCTUAIRE (MEXICO)
  • 10. MIST ENCOUNTER (TAIWAN)

2. Floating Boat Hydroponics House (Taiwan)

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Anticipating massive flooding in the near future due to rising sea levels, National Taiwan University of Science and Technology students Lin Jhe-Wei and Tang Jui-Feng have designed a bamboo ark that incorporates a hydroponic system that will address food sustainability. Bamboo, abundant and cost effective, has natural bouyancy properties.

  • 1. LASER PROJECTION WARNING SIGN (CHINA)
  • 2. FLOATING BOAT HYDROPONICS HOUSE (TAIWAN)
  • 3. COOKIE CHIPPINGS CATCHER (CHINA)
  • 4. SCOBY LIVING PACKAGES (POLAND)
  • 5. UNDER 1.0 (TAIWAN)
  • 6. REWILD (TAIWAN)
  • 7. PRISMVERSE (HONG KONG)
  • 8. ’TO LOVE’ CHOCOLATE (TAIWAN)
  • 9. SANCTUAIRE (MEXICO)
  • 10. MIST ENCOUNTER (TAIWAN)

3. Cookie Chippings Catcher (China)

Min-yi Wu and Huan Yu of Hanov Design have come up with a solution for fuss free-snacking. They designed a cookie carton with a built in crumb catcher that can be worn around the neck.

  • 1. LASER PROJECTION WARNING SIGN (CHINA)
  • 2. FLOATING BOAT HYDROPONICS HOUSE (TAIWAN)
  • 3. COOKIE CHIPPINGS CATCHER (CHINA)
  • 4. SCOBY LIVING PACKAGES (POLAND)
  • 5. UNDER 1.0 (TAIWAN)
  • 6. REWILD (TAIWAN)
  • 7. PRISMVERSE (HONG KONG)
  • 8. ’TO LOVE’ CHOCOLATE (TAIWAN)
  • 9. SANCTUAIRE (MEXICO)
  • 10. MIST ENCOUNTER (TAIWAN)

4. SCOBY Living Packages (Poland)

Roza Janusz, a student at School of Form in Poznan, Poland has created an innovative packaging that can prolong the life of a product, consumed with its contents or recylced as compost. The SCOBY material is cultured using an extract from agricultural waste.

  • 1. LASER PROJECTION WARNING SIGN (CHINA)
  • 2. FLOATING BOAT HYDROPONICS HOUSE (TAIWAN)
  • 3. COOKIE CHIPPINGS CATCHER (CHINA)
  • 4. SCOBY LIVING PACKAGES (POLAND)
  • 5. UNDER 1.0 (TAIWAN)
  • 6. REWILD (TAIWAN)
  • 7. PRISMVERSE (HONG KONG)
  • 8. ’TO LOVE’ CHOCOLATE (TAIWAN)
  • 9. SANCTUAIRE (MEXICO)
  • 10. MIST ENCOUNTER (TAIWAN)

5. Under 1.0 (Taiwan)

National Taiwan University of Arts student Wan Xiang-Xin has created a set of infographics that maps out statistics on endangered species from the International Union for Conservation of Nature. Each of the 12 posters represents a nation, with more than 800 animal species. Each C-shaped infographic represents an animal species; the smaller ones being those that are most endangered.

  • 1. LASER PROJECTION WARNING SIGN (CHINA)
  • 2. FLOATING BOAT HYDROPONICS HOUSE (TAIWAN)
  • 3. COOKIE CHIPPINGS CATCHER (CHINA)
  • 4. SCOBY LIVING PACKAGES (POLAND)
  • 5. UNDER 1.0 (TAIWAN)
  • 6. REWILD (TAIWAN)
  • 7. PRISMVERSE (HONG KONG)
  • 8. ’TO LOVE’ CHOCOLATE (TAIWAN)
  • 9. SANCTUAIRE (MEXICO)
  • 10. MIST ENCOUNTER (TAIWAN)

6. Rewild (Taiwan)

Ming Chuan University studetns Kuo Jhih-Yu, Chen Yi-Jung, Kuo Ya-Chun, and Lai Yu-Qi have made a set of painting materials using the properties of plants, soils, and stones. The group aims to teach children, particularly in urban areas, to enjoy art and nature. They believe that the depletion of Earth’s natural resources, along with the alienation between people and nature, has resulted from a deficiency in our education.

  • 1. LASER PROJECTION WARNING SIGN (CHINA)
  • 2. FLOATING BOAT HYDROPONICS HOUSE (TAIWAN)
  • 3. COOKIE CHIPPINGS CATCHER (CHINA)
  • 4. SCOBY LIVING PACKAGES (POLAND)
  • 5. UNDER 1.0 (TAIWAN)
  • 6. REWILD (TAIWAN)
  • 7. PRISMVERSE (HONG KONG)
  • 8. ’TO LOVE’ CHOCOLATE (TAIWAN)
  • 9. SANCTUAIRE (MEXICO)
  • 10. MIST ENCOUNTER (TAIWAN)

7. Prismverse (Hong Kong)

Chris Cheung and Liu Suet Yee of XEX created the Prismverse installation for Dr.Jart+ to launch a skin-brithening product. The designers used a 10-meter-wide LED floor and a complex geometrically tessellated mirror wall. Every mirror inside Prismverse is precisely aligned to ensure that light reflections will brighten up the visitors faces wherever they may be. The installation is equipped with a sophisticated omnidirectional audio system by Japanese sonihouse, which creates an ambient soundscape, resulting in a highly immersive experience for the visitors.

  • 1. LASER PROJECTION WARNING SIGN (CHINA)
  • 2. FLOATING BOAT HYDROPONICS HOUSE (TAIWAN)
  • 3. COOKIE CHIPPINGS CATCHER (CHINA)
  • 4. SCOBY LIVING PACKAGES (POLAND)
  • 5. UNDER 1.0 (TAIWAN)
  • 6. REWILD (TAIWAN)
  • 7. PRISMVERSE (HONG KONG)
  • 8. ’TO LOVE’ CHOCOLATE (TAIWAN)
  • 9. SANCTUAIRE (MEXICO)
  • 10. MIST ENCOUNTER (TAIWAN)

8. ’To Love’ Chocolate (Taiwan)

Ogilvy Taiwan has designed for its client, DynaComware Taiwan Inc., a new font based on handwritten love letters called ‘To Love’. A leading font brand in Taiwan, DynaFont was seeking to reconnect people with the power of the written word at a time when images seem to have taken over letters.

  • 1. LASER PROJECTION WARNING SIGN (CHINA)
  • 2. FLOATING BOAT HYDROPONICS HOUSE (TAIWAN)
  • 3. COOKIE CHIPPINGS CATCHER (CHINA)
  • 4. SCOBY LIVING PACKAGES (POLAND)
  • 5. UNDER 1.0 (TAIWAN)
  • 6. REWILD (TAIWAN)
  • 7. PRISMVERSE (HONG KONG)
  • 8. ’TO LOVE’ CHOCOLATE (TAIWAN)
  • 9. SANCTUAIRE (MEXICO)
  • 10. MIST ENCOUNTER (TAIWAN)

9. Sanctuaire (Mexico)

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Martin Leveque has designed an analog installation comprising a 45-degree mirror cut in an anamorphic way to appear as a perfect circle of floating water from the viewer’s perspective. Installaed at Salón Acme Mexico, Sanctuaire plays with light, water and mirror reflections to create a paradoxical experience and momentarily alter the reality of the spectator.

  • 1. LASER PROJECTION WARNING SIGN (CHINA)
  • 2. FLOATING BOAT HYDROPONICS HOUSE (TAIWAN)
  • 3. COOKIE CHIPPINGS CATCHER (CHINA)
  • 4. SCOBY LIVING PACKAGES (POLAND)
  • 5. UNDER 1.0 (TAIWAN)
  • 6. REWILD (TAIWAN)
  • 7. PRISMVERSE (HONG KONG)
  • 8. ’TO LOVE’ CHOCOLATE (TAIWAN)
  • 9. SANCTUAIRE (MEXICO)
  • 10. MIST ENCOUNTER (TAIWAN)

10. Mist Encounter (Taiwan)

An art installation and man-made microclimate, Mist Encounter raised awareness about the air conditioning renovations at Taipei Fine Arts Museum. Visitors pass through a blanket of mist whose intensity is controlled and manipulated to obscure vision and simulate environments blanketed in mist. The installation is designed by Serendipity Studio and Kuan-Wei Chen Architects.