Hong Kong Designers Association names Global Design Awards 2013 winners

Record number of entries reinforces Hong Kong's reputation as one of the world's creative capitals
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March 23, 2014 - PRLog -- (Hong Kong, 22 March 2014) The Hong Kong Designers Association has reinforced the city's reputation as one of the world's creative capitals at a presentation ceremony to recognise the winners of its second biennial Global Design Awards.

Held in the Jockey Club Amphitheatre at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts on Friday evening (21 March 2014), this year's presentation ceremony marks the 38th anniversary of the Awards' inception as an Asia Pacific design landmark and the second as a truly global industry event. The competition, which this year followed the theme of "THE DESIGN ISSUE," attracted more entries in more design disciplines than ever before.

The officiating guest at the event was the Hong Kong SAR Government Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development, Mr Gregory SO Kam-leung, GBS, JP.

"The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government is committed to promoting Hong Kong as a creative city. The HKDA Global Design Awards brings local designs to the world and facilitates exchange among local designers and their overseas counterparts," said Mr So.

"I am delighted that the Awards programme in 2013 received an overwhelming response, with more than 2,000 quality entries from 40 destinations around the world. The worldwide recognition of the Awards underscores the status of the event and the global design community's recognition of Hong Kong as Asia's creative capital," he said.

The Hong Kong Designers Association's mission is to advocate public interest in design and higher professional status for practising designers.

The main sponsor of this year's event was Create Hong Kong (CreateHK). The Awards are also recognised by the International Council of Graphic Design Associations (Icograda), and supported by over 20 associations, organisations, media and institutions from various sectors.

"This year's entries were simply outstanding, especially in the book and package sections of the Graphic category and the apps section of the New Media category. That made it more difficult than ever for the judges to pick a winner, which is a fantastic testament to the level of design talent we are seeing in Hong Kong, the region and around the world," said James Leung, Project Director of the HKDA Global Design Awards 2013.

The ceremony recognised the Gold Awards, the biggest prizes of the evening, and the Judges Choice Awards. The winners included:

Gold Award:

New Media (Consumer & Promotional Website) --- Pill & Pillow

Graphic (Assorted Promotion Items) --- Blow

Graphic (Poster – Thematic) --- Noonhappyhour

Product (Life Style and Fashion Accessories) --- ChowPourianLab

Spatial (Exhibition & Window Display) --- Tisch13 GmbH

Spatial (Hospitality & Entertainment) --- One Plus Partnership Ltd

Spatial (Retail) --- 84000 Communications Ltd

Spatial (Architecture Interior / Public Area) --- Joey Ho

Judges Choice :

New Media (Johan Vakidis) --- Pill & Pillow

New Media (Daniel Bonner and Toshiya Fukuda) --- Why Interactive

Product (Chiaki Murata) --- ChowPourianLab

Product (Michael Schneider) --- Scot Laughton

Product (Andreas Schupp) --- 木土創造

Graphic (Hei Yi-yang) --- CoDesign Ltd.

Graphic (Mark Farrow) --- Blow

Graphic (Naomi Hirabayashi) --- Noonhappyhour

Graphic (Daniel Ayuso) --- 共同設計

Graphic (Maurus Fraser) --- 方建平+丁凡

Spatial (Andre Fu and Kathryn Robson) --- Joey Ho

Spatial (Maurice Mentjens) vzyno --- Tisch13 GmbH

The most successful winner was local design star, Ken Lo, who took home more awards in more disciplines than any other entrant. He honed his talent at home Hong Kong, studying at Hong Kong University SPACE before joining the workforce as a full-time professional designer.

"Hong Kong is a cosmopolitan, international city that has built an advantageous position as the gateway to China. And we are rapidly becoming something very special – a greater China design hub," said Mr Leung.

"The Hong Kong Designers Association is proud to be playing a role in this transformation. The success of events such as the Global Design Awards, which this year recognised hundreds of winners in an increasing variety of categories, prove that our faith in Hong Kong and its talented design professionals is well-founded," Mr Leung concluded.

The winning designs will be featured in the "HKDA Global Design Awards 2013 Exhibition" which will take place from 24 March to 6 April 2104. The exhibition will demonstrate the vibrant development of the global design industry and the talent of Hong Kong and overseas designers.

Exhibition details:

Ground floor, Telford Plaza I, Kowloon Bay
24 March (Monday) – 6 April (Sunday)
10:00am – 10:00pm

First floor, PopCorn, Tseung Kwan O
24 March (Monday) – 6 April (Sunday)
10:00am – 10:00pm

In April, a series of Winner Seminars will also be held in Hong Kong, Hangzhou, Xi'an and Changsha.

About Hong Kong Designers Association Global Design Awards 2013

Established in 1972, the Hong Kong Designers Association (HKDA) is the first of its kind in Hong Kong for practicing designers and design administrators, with aims to uphold the status of design practitioners and to encourage the use and the appreciation of quality design in the community.

HKDA Global Design Awards (HKDA GDA) is one of the most established multi-disciplinary design competitions (Graphic, New Media, Product and Spatial) in Asia-Pacific region organised by HKDA since 1975. From 1980 onwards, it became a biennial event. HKDA GDA is not simply a design competition to honour design excellence, but also acts as an engine to energise a series of event (series of seminars, awards presentation ceremony, exhibitions etc.) as a yearlong campaign that aims to promote Hong Kong Design to the world and enhance Hong Kong's image as one of the major creative hubs in Asia-Pacific.

For HKDA GDA2013, a roster of world-class judges was invited to evaluate over 2,000 entries from 40 destinations around the world. The resulting awards are guaranteed to ensure that this year's event makes its mark as a milestone in design history.

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