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Major names in design top list for Tang Prize medal contest finalists

TAIPEI -- The Tang Prize Foundation on yesterday named the 10 contestants who made it to the final round of a competition to design the medals for the winners of the Tang Prize —billed as the “Asian Nobel Prize.”

The 10 finalists are all big names in the international design scene.

They are Japan's Kenji Ekuan, GK Design Group chairman and former president of the International Council of Societies of Industrial Design; award-winning Japanese industrial designer Naoto Fukasawa; Germany's Gunter Wermekes, a goldsmith and designer who designed the new Red Dot Trophy; Australian graphic designer Harry Williamson; and Dutch graphic designer Irma Boom, who specializes in book design.

Also among the finalists are Taiwanese designer Chen Jun-liang (陳俊良), known for his use of Chinese calligraphy and Eastern images in his work; Italian jewelry designer Massimo Zucchi; British graphic and coin designer Matthew Dent; Denmark's Soren Skafte Overgaard, a five-time winner of the Danish Design Award; and renowned Hong Kong graphic designer Kan Tai-keung.

“I hope to use my creativity and understanding of Chinese culture to design a medal that embodies the spirit of the Tang Prize,” Kan, who is dubbed Hong Kong's “father of graphic design,” said in a video.

Overgaard, CEO of e-Types Group, said his team believes that the Tang Prize “is about how knowledge and science that can connect people across borders.”

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