This year, Golden Pin Concept Design Award (GPCDA) increases the quota for Design Mark recipients, and raises the Best Design cash prize over US$13,000. In addition, GPCDA partners with Taiwanese crowdfunding consultancy Backer-Founder. The partnership aims to help winning designers bring their design concepts to market via crowdfunding.
Thanks to Backer-Founder, all Design Mark recipients can join a free crowdfunding workshop where they will learn how to execute a successful crowdfunding campaign. Furthermore, GPCDA Best Design winners will receive one-on-one crowdfunding campaign services to help make their dreams come true. So many young designers look to crowdfunding as a route to market. Through crowdfunding, designers can connect with consumers and gain vital feedback from the marketplace. For example, GPCDA 2016 Best Design winner, Lai Zi Na Li is a moveable type stamp that successfully crowdfunded over US$95,000 after winning the award, which was 1707% of its crowdfunding goal. The 2015 Best Design winner, Memento also successfully crowdfunded after winning the award.
▲ GPCDA 2016 Best Design winner “Lai Zi Na Li”.
▲ GPCDA 2016 Best Design winner “Memento”.
Backer-Founder is Taiwan’s first crowdfunding consultant company, established in 2014. The company consults for over 100 clients in Taiwan and overseas, helping to fulfill creative concepts and execute crowdfunding campaigns. Its clients come from various sectors including design, film, new media, social impact, and technology. The company boasts a 90% success rate at crowdfunding. In partnership with Backer-Founder, GPCDA aims to discover new design concepts and realize their potential on the market. Design Mark winners will learn step-by-step how to make their products more attractive for consumers, set meaningful goals, and how to build a powerful social media marketing strategy. Best Design winners receive tailored, one-on-one crowdfunding services, working directly with the consultancy.
The global Chinese-speaking community is the world’s largest diaspora and around 1.2 billion people, which is 16 percent of the world’s population, speak Chinese as a first language (Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, 2012). In partnership with Backer-Founder, the GPCDA offers a chance for international designers to bring their design concepts to market in the Greater China region.
Call for Entries
The GPCDA 2018 Call for Entries opened in March and so far it has received entries from designers in Hungary, Indonesia, Poland, USA, UK, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan, South Korea, and China. Entry is free of charge, and the deadline is June 21 at 5pm (GMT+8). Seize the moment and send in your design concepts!
Products and projects entered into the GPCDA must not be available on the market within the year of the award. There is no restriction on the nationality or occupation of entrants, students and professionals are all welcome to enter. There is no entry fee. The four categories are Product Design, Visual Communication Design, Packaging Design, and Spatial Design. There is no restriction on the number of entries an individual can make. The judging procedure begins from Preliminary Selection in July, Secondary Selection in August, and Final Selection in September. The Design Mark winners will be announced at the end of September, and Best Design winners at the end of November. For more information, please visit the official Golden Pin Design Award website: http://www.goldenpin.org.tw/en/pgpnyg2.asp
On May 20 at Not Just Library, three GPCDA Best Design winners share their stories of challenge and success.
• 2015 Best Design winner, Memento by Bryan S.P. Leung
• 2016 Best Design winner, Lai Zi Na Li by Wang Chieh-Ying and Wang Man-Lin
• 2017 Best Design winner, Cream Mincho by Shih Bo-Han
Memento and Lai Zi Na Li both executed successful crowdfunding campaigns after winning GPCDA, while Cream Mincho is currently in the planning stage. Each designer will share their step-by-step experience of crowdfunding, and ultimately how they brought their design concepts to life.
▲ GPCDA 2017 Best Design winner “Cream Mincho”.
The title of the event is #概念成真 (gainian chengzhen) “make your dreams come true”. The event will be held at Not Just Library in Songshan Cultural and Creative Park on May 20 from 2.30pm to 4.30pm. To register for the event, please follow Not Just Library on