Local students display work at London Design Festival
The China Post news staffTAIPEI, Taiwan -- A total of seven students from National Cheng Kung University (NCKU) traveled to London recently to participate in the London Design Festival 2013, from Sept. 14 to 22, with their design projects: City Go Round, Platform Impact, and KeyFrame — Tainan.
September 24, 2013, 12:17 am TWN
The students are young designers from the NCKU Department of Industrial Design and the Department of Industrial and Information Management. They collaborated with their counterparts from Platform 17 of the Royal College of Art (RCA) in the UK, running a joint exhibition called “Mind the Gap.”
The exhibition focuses on a series of projects designed for public hubs, especially train stations, according to Min-Yuan Ma, director of the NCKU Department of Industrial Design.
This exhibition follows a workshop between the two schools held in April earlier this year. During the Mind the Gap Workshop, students and teachers from NCKU and RCA collaborated to discover, develop and design special products for public hubs.
The different cultural backgrounds among students sparked many unique ideas through their discussions.
“Through this exhibition, we hope to introduce the beauty of diverse cultures as well as how they can integrate together,” said Ma.
The three projects from NCKU were City Go Round, Platform Impact and KeyFrame — Tainan which were specially selected for the exhibition.
City Go Round is an interactive design integrating cultural arts, information engineering and tourism, according to Yen-Chi Ho, one of the four student designers of the project.
He said that by adopting the idea of a slot machine, City Go Round randomly picks four recommended places for people to visit with a pull of the lever, saving time on planning and deciding. This allows people to kick-off their adventures with actual “fun.”
At the end of their adventure, users can log onto the website, record memories of their trip and share it with friends. The entire City Go Round system also collaborates with local businesses for events and promotions, building a local community and forming a strong bond among the people and the city, added Ho.