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Inspiring Winning Entries From The 2016-2017 A’ Design Award & Competition
By Yoon Sann Wong, 21 Apr 2017
Coincidence Offline Dating Supermarket by Ming Chun Hsiao
‘Coincidence Supermarket’ is an amusing dating space that encourages real-life interaction and face-to-face communication, much-needed in today’s increasingly digital-obsessed society. Buy what you need, just like in an ordinary supermarket, but with the opportunity to make new friends via the help of some very adorable and cheeky packaging.
Each year, designers the world over come together for one of the largest juried creative contests–the coveted A’ Design Award & Competition. This annual challenge honors some of the best artists, architects and design-oriented brands internationally, across 110 categories ranging from furniture design and interiors, to graphic and packaging design.
Prizewinners not only receive international publicity and press coverage, but also a special winner’s kit that includes valuable materials to support each artist’s progress following this accomplishment.
In addition to receiving the award trophy, annual yearbook, and design excellence certificate, the laureate will get a winner’s kit comprising a helpful manual that shares information on how to make the most of this triumph, free participation and space allocation at the winners’ exhibition, which runs both online and via a physical showcase in Italy, publication of the artist’s works in various media journals globally, lifelong licensing of the award winners logo, free listings on various creative services, and much more.
The competition challenges designers to invent products and services that will push the boundaries of the status quo, as well as value add to society via form, functionality and aesthetics.
Learn more about the A’ Design Award & Competition here.
From the 18,000 projects that were submitted to the 2016-2017 A’ Design Award & Competition, 4,500 works were shortlisted. This eventually culminated to 1,275 award winners attending the black-tie gala night in Italy. Here, the recognized recipients were bestowed according to five different levels of distinction: Platinum, Gold, Silver, Bronze and Iron.
Have your works recognized and propelled to the international stage by signing up for the 2017-2018 A’ Design Award & Competition, which is now open for registration.
Browse through favorites from the 2016-2017 submissions below.
Lynko Freestanding Modular System Nomadic Modular Freestanding System by Natalia Geci
These self-standing structures that double as clothes hangers, office panels, dividing screens, and even a children’s puppet theatre, are perfect for those who relish a nomadic lifestyle.
LIFEWTR Series 1 Bottle Graphics by PepsiCo Design & Innovation
This trio of aqua bottles showcase different designers’ works quarterly. The first of the series stars bold visuals by MOMO, Craig & Karl, and Jason Woodside.
MUT Multi Purpose Table System by La Agencia
MUT changes the way people function by creating an environment that supports work, rest, study, and contemplation. The design was crafted with group collaborations as well as individualism in mind.
Pasta Nikita Packaging by Nikita Konkin
This unconventional pasta packaging design aims to convey a feel-good aesthetic that reflects the high quality and naturalness of the product.
LITTLE POCKET French Fries Box by Dong Jiang - UESTC, Zhongshan Institute
Instead of squeezing out your ketchup on the paper tray–like majority of fry-lovers do–this ‘little pocket’ bars organic pollutants and heavy metal oxide found on the printing paper tray from getting into your system.
i HOUSE Residence by Yoshihiro Matsuura
The ‘i HOUSE’ is a half outdoor, half indoor residence sans heating systems inspired by ‘doma’–the traditional Japanese entrance space. This project, which took Matsuura three years to complete, is meant to encourage people to live in the Tohoku district following the Great East Japan Earthquake that occurred on 11 March 2011.
The Travel Bra Anti-Theft and Comfort by Dr Annie Holden and Brenda Barnett
‘The Travel Bra’ sans underwire comes with a stretchable, drop-down mesh pocket to store cash and passport. A side mesh stretch sleeve can hold a credit card or hotel room key. Mini pockets sewn into the shoulder straps keep jewelry and cards safe. More storage is available under the cups.
Jerry House Residential: Private House by Arisara Chaktranon and Siriyot Chaiamnuay
Inspired by the American animated series Tom and Jerry, this residence encourages running, climbing, hiding, hanging, and even falling–an absolutely fun abode for children and adults alike.
goo Anniversary Calendar 2017 Calendar by Katsumi Tamura
This multi-functional calendar lets you store notes, business cards, and even stationary with its handy pockets.
National Essence Environmental Poster by Lin Ding -Samsung (China) R&D Centre
With haze being such a dire environmental concern in China, the artist strived to draw awareness and action to combat this problem via eye-catching visuals. Chinese traditional culture, rare animals, world heritage, and literary characters inspired the graphics.
Nomad Apparel Identity Design by Augustinas Paukste
This new visual identity is based on Nordic simplicity and utilizes the harshness of white to bring about Nomad’s emphasis on independence, individualism and exploration.
Polypictures Illustration by Anton Mikhalenkov
These quirky polypicture illustrations stem from Mikhalenkov’s love for children’s drawings and can be translated into vivid, fun-loving temporary tattoos.
Life From Stone Exhibition by Chris Slabber
These artworks were inspired by objects and elements collected from the estate ground where Springfield’s wine is made. ‘Life From Stone’ is named after the rocky soil and takes viewers on a journey from Mother Earth to wine bottle.
Beyond Blind Glasses by Alberto Vasquez
In aims of tearing down the walls between the Blind and the Sighted, Vasquez created this glass collection as a symbol for the visionless. “Many of the sighted still feel embarrassed or sorry when they see a blind person,” explains Vasquez, but there’s no need to feel sorry. “See beyond the dark glasses.”
VELO SOCK Bicycle Storage Solution by Gvido Bajars
With urban cycling growing in popularity, these super-stretchy cocoon bike socks will keep your floor and walls free from dirt, mud, sand and other debris dragged in with your bicycle. The socks absorb water and dry quickly.
Hulumao Diamond Bed Cat Toy by Shih-Chang Hsiao and Yu-luen Huang
This multi-purpose cat bed offers a comfortable respite for your feline to rest, while the replaceable scratcher centered in the interior lets your cat exercise its paws.
Ultratime 001 Watch by Bob Lei, Fever Chu and Jay Chan
This quirky timepiece has an irregular arrangement of numerals with the hours and minutes discs presented individually.
Soulmate Adjustable Brightness Sunglasses by Jolly Yan Yee Kee
Adjust the brightness of this lens according to three levels of darkness by twisting the magnetic clip-on. For instance, you can turn down the light transmittance to the darkest when you go sunbathing. Wearers can select from a range of lens colors and clip-on patterns.
Coffee Cup Indicating Temperature by Yi Teng Shih, Rengrui Xiang and Yuting Chen
This responsive coffee cup tells you when your beverage is too hot to drink, thus preventing you from scalding your lips. When the first logo turns red, it indicates that the liquid is much too hot for consumption. The mug conveys ideal drinking temperature when the middle logo turns green. If you don’t like downing a hot-coffee-turned-cold, avoid the cup’s contents when the last logo turns blue. The cup’s rubber holds protects carrier’s hands and makes it easy to grasp.
Feel inspired by these design highlights? Submit your own works now by signing up for the 2017-2018 A’ Design Award & Competition, which is now open for registration.
This announcement is sponsored by A’ Design Award & Competition.
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