DFA Awards 2020 Winners Announcement: 3 Design Trendsetters, 16 Young Designers and 197 Outstanding Projects Honoured for Design Excellence

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HONG KONG, CHINA – Media OutReach – 30
October 2020 – DFA Awards 2020 is pleased to announce its recipients for the
year of 2020. Three design trendsetters
have been recognised under the three individual awards, namely the DFA Lifetime Achievement Award (DFA
LAA), the DFA Design Leadership Award (DFA
DLA), and the DFA World’s Outstanding
Chinese Designer
(DFA WOCD). In addition, 197 design projects have been recognised under the DFA Design for Asia Awards (DFA DFAA),
and 16 young Hong Kong designers under
the DFA Hong Kong Young Design Talent
Award
(DFA HKYDTA).

Organised by the Hong Kong Design Centre (HKDC) with
Create Hong Kong (CreateHK) of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region
Government as the lead sponsor, the DFA Awards aims to reinforcing the
importance of designers within society. The awards also celebrates design
leadership as well as exemplary designs and projects with Asia perspectives
towards the globe, and since 2005 it has recognised the rising force of
emerging Hong Kong designers.

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Commenting on this year’s awards, Professor Eric C.
Yim, JP, Chairman of the HKDC, said, “This year, we have found ourselves in a
world facing global challenges that demand a unified global response. We at the
Hong Kong Design Centre believe that design can provide a way of helping the
world to navigate through the storms and better adapt to the new normal. This
year’s awardees are all influencers in the design community. They have
innovated to create humane designs that are able to solve problems, enhance our
lives, connect our communities and sustain our cultures.”

DFA Awards 2020 Press Kit +
High Res photos: http://www.hkdc.hk/download/awards/DFAAWARDS2020_PRESSKIT.zip

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In awarding the DFA Awards’ highest and most
prestigious design honours for the year, the judging panel recognised the
extraordinary contributions to the design community of three design trendsetters:

DFA Lifetime Achievement Award 2020 (DFA LAA)

 

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DFA Awards 2020 Winners Announcement: 3 Design Trendsetters, 16 Young Designers and 197 Outstanding Projects Honoured for Design Excellence

Tim BROWN

Executive Chair, IDEO

The
DFA LAA signifies the high respect of the design community for individuals who
have made life-long contributions to the field. Tim Brown championed a design
led, human-centered approach and has helped to shape the face of contemporary
design, creating a legacy that is acclaimed by design professionals across the
world.

DFA Design Leadership Award 2020 (DFA DLA)

DFA Awards 2020 Winners Announcement: 3 Design Trendsetters, 16 Young Designers and 197 Outstanding Projects Honoured for Design Excellence

Frank WANG

CEO and Founder, DJI

The DFA DLA recognises global business leaders who use
strategic and innovative design to create successful and sustainable
businesses. This year’s recipient is Frank Wang, founder of DJI, a
world-leading manufacturer of civilian drone. He has successfully demonstrated
the important relationship between strong corporate leadership and design
excellence in his business.

DFA World’s Outstanding Chinese Designer 2020 (DFA WOCD)

 

DFA Awards 2020 Winners Announcement: 3 Design Trendsetters, 16 Young Designers and 197 Outstanding Projects Honoured for Design Excellence

Stanley WONG (anothermountainman)

Founder & Creative Director,

84000 Communications

The
DFA WOCD honours Chinese designers who have made outstanding design
achievements and won international recognition for their work. The winner,
Stanley Wong, is responsible for creating numerous impressive communication
designs drawing on Hong Kong culture, and is devoted to promoting design
through educational, institutional and social involvement. Having joined the
prestigious Alliance Graphique Internationale (AGI) since 2004, he is a
well-respected member of the international graphic design community and
undoubtedly an important role model for young designers in Hong Kong and
overseas alike.

(Please refer to Appendix 1 for detailed biographies
of the winners.)

Recognition
of exceptional designs: DFA Design for Asia Awards

Being a part of the flagship programme of the HKDC, the DFA Design for Asia Awards continues to acknowledge
outstanding design projects that embody Asian aesthetics and culture, and that
have inspired wider Asian design trends. This year, DFA DFAA received more than
1,000 entries from 20 economies by open entry. A total of 197 awardees were
recognised, including 12 Grand Awards, 8 Grand Award with Special Mention and
177 category awards. These awards covered projects and practitioners from 23
categories in four major design disciplines: Apparel & Accessory Design,
Communication Design, Environmental Design, and Product & Industrial
Design. (Please refer to Appendix 2 for the complete list of winners.)

DFA Awards 2020 Winners Announcement: 3 Design Trendsetters, 16 Young Designers and 197 Outstanding Projects Honoured for Design Excellence

2020 is a year full of trials and the world is ready
for some changes. In response to the unusual circumstances this year,
innovative ideas have emerged for rebuilding people’s relationship with the
natural world, connecting the community, and fostering cultural sustainability.
Some of the awarded projects promote the reconnection with nature through communication
and environmental designs. Some stay on track with design thinking, providing
designs and solutions for social problems, medical needs, industrial needs and
more. Some praise the uniqueness of cultures and try to remind people the
importance of cultural conservation through cross-media presentations. This year’s
awardees come from professional designing firms all around the world with
projects in Asia. Japan was the biggest winner by economy, taking away 61
awards, followed by Mainland China and Hong Kong with 48 and 21 awards
respectively. Other winning company locations included Denmark, Korea,
Lithuania, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, the Netherlands, the United Arab
Emirates and more.

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Fostering
young creative talent: DFA Hong Kong Young Design Talent Award

Since 2005, the DFA Hong Kong Young Design Talent
Award has nurtured the development of emerging Hong Kong designers by providing
them with valuable opportunities to gain overseas experience. The 16 awardees
for 2020 are all Hong Kong design practitioners or
graduates of 35 years old or under who have made refreshing contributions to
Hong Kong’s creative industries across a range of disciplines. The awarded apparel
and accessory designers are the emerging new players on the global stage who
bring in insights from overseas to Hong Kong’s fashion industry. Communication designers
create works with in-depth exploration on typography, visual identity, graphic
designs, and also new design concepts such as story design, that have
contributed to the society and the commercial world. Environmental designers
have clear visions on achieving environmental sustainability, engaging social
involvement on architectural projects, sustaining traditional cultures and
values through innovative design ideas.

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DFA Awards 2020 Winners Announcement: 3 Design Trendsetters, 16 Young Designers and 197 Outstanding Projects Honoured for Design Excellence

This year, 13 of them will receive a
financial sponsorship amount up to HK$5,000,000 in total to
undertake 6 to 12-month work experiences or 6 to 18-month study experiences
abroad. Sponsored by CreateHK, the Hong Kong Design Institute and the
School of Design of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, these young designers
will have the opportunity to gain unique experience at world-renowned design
firms or institutions. Over the years, the DFA HKYDTA has provided sponsorships
to over 100 young talents, helping them to gain insights into the global design
industry and return to Hong Kong as experienced design leaders for the city’s
creative businesses. (Please refer to Appendix 3 for the list of winners.)

About DFA Awards (www.dfaawards.com)

In 2003, the
Hong Kong Design Centre has launched the DFA
Awards
to underpin the role of designers in society, to celebrate design
leadership and exemplary designs and projects with commercial success or impact
in Asia, as well as to recognise the rising force of emerging Hong Kong designers
since 2005. The DFA Awards, through its five major award programmes, has grown
in its international influence in Asia. The five award programmes include DFA
Lifetime Achievement Award, DFA Design Leadership Award, DFA World’s
Outstanding Chinese Designer, DFA Design for Asia Awards and DFA Hong Kong
Young Design Talent Award.

About Hong Kong Design Centre (www.hkdesigncentre.org)

Hong Kong Design Centre (HKDC) is a
non-governmental organisation, and was founded in 2001 as a strategic partner
of the HKSAR Government in establishing Hong Kong as an international centre of
design excellence in Asia. Our public mission is to promote wider and strategic
use of design and design thinking to create business value and improve societal
well-being, with the aim of advancing Hong Kong as an international design
centre in Asia.

 

HKDC’s
flagship programmes include Business of Design Week (BODW; since 2002) — Asia’s
leading annual event on design, innovation and brands; DFA Awards (since 2003)
— a well-recognised annual awards that celebrate outstanding designs with Asian
perspectives; and Knowledge of Design Week (KODW; since 2006) — an annual thematic
programme that gathers the global design community to explore how design can
solve complex challenges of our society.

 

We also manage
a Design Incubation Programme and Fashion Incubation Programme (since 2012 and
2016) — 2-year programmes to nurture future design and fashion entrepreneurs;
and launched FASHION ASIA HONG KONG (since 2016) — an initiative combining
conversations, interactions and cultural exchanges to position the city as an
Asian hub for fashion trade and business development.

About Create
Hong Kong
(www.createhk.gov.hk)
Create Hong Kong (CreateHK) is a
dedicated agency set up by the HKSAR Government in June 2009. It is under the
Communications and Creative Industries Branch of the Commerce and Economic
Development Bureau and dedicated to spearheading the development of creative
industries in Hong Kong. Its strategic foci are nurturing talent and
facilitating start-ups, exploring markets, and promoting Hong Kong as Asia’s
creative capital and fostering a creative atmosphere in the community. CreateHK
sponsors the DFA Design for Asia Awards since 2011 and the flagship programmes
organised by Hong Kong Design Centre, among other projects to promote Hong Kong
design.

 

Disclaimer: The Government of the Hong
Kong Special Administrative Region provides funding support to the project
only, and does not otherwise take part in the project. Any opinions, findings,
conclusions or recommendations expressed in these materials/events (or by
members of the project team) are those of the project organizers only and do
not reflect the views of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative
Region, the Communications and Creative Industries Branch of the Commerce and
Economic Development Bureau, Create Hong Kong, the CreateSmart Initiative
Secretariat or the CreateSmart Initiative Vetting Committee.

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