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Local students win big at Int'l Design Awards

TAIPEI--Students from the National Taiwan University of Science and Technology won two gold medals and four silvers, along with five honorable mentions, at the 6th International Design Award (IDA) held in California, it was announced yesterday.

The IDA, established in 2007, is dedicated to recognizing, celebrating and promoting emerging talent in architecture, as well as in interior, fashion, product and graphic design.

The two gold medals were awarded to industrial and commercial design graduate student Lee Pei-wen for “Cloudist,” and Huang Tsung-min for “Don't Tell” in the category of graphic design.

“Cloudist” depicts modern celebrity and historic icons such as Lady Gaga, Marilyn Monroe and Confucius with the shape of cloud to symbolize the virtual imagery and ability to disguise one's real-life personality in the age of cloud computing and the Internet, according to Lee.

On the other hand, Huang's “Don't Tell” uses the image of a frightened child to illustrate the unspoken damage and fear of domestic abuse rooted from the high expectations of kids from parents.

The four design concepts that received silver medals also conveyed a variety of topics. Huang's other work, “DNA-Genetically Modified” and Hua Li-han's “Food!” both address the issue of global food shortages, Hsiang Wen-chun's “Floating” highlights the destruction of historical structures as a result of rapid urbanization in Taipei, and Min Hao-siang and Fung Cheng-wen's package design “Forged” reflects on the long history of tea.

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