有愛友愛的絕佳組合,八年級女生勇奪2016金點概念獎

有愛友愛的絕佳組合,八年級女生勇奪2016金點概念獎

「我要特別謝謝我的夥伴,如果沒有你就沒有我們。」2016金點設計獎頒獎典禮上,兩位八年級生王介盈和王蔓霖,一臉不敢置信的模樣奔向台前領獎,他們以字體設計「來字哪裡」獲得金點概念設計獎年度最佳設計獎,抱回30萬元大獎,彷彿做夢一般好不真實。介盈上台致詞時相當緊張,感謝評審、老師及家人,卻忘了謝謝身旁最重要的戰友,蔓霖則難掩興奮激動之情,補充說「她少說了一個」,感性地謝謝夥伴一路的陪伴和努力,逗笑了在一旁的介盈,雙姝充分展現默契。這兩個小女生的初試啼聲,獲得評審一致好評,從短短的致詞中可以看到創作者互相啟發的美好及相知的友愛。

「來字哪裡」作品設計師王介盈和王蔓霖

拆解、重組、創造個性化字體

「來字哪裡」的設計師王介盈和王蔓霖,去年甫從亞東技術學院工商業設計系畢業,他們認為每種字體背後代表不同文化,便以台灣人的坦率與熱情為概念,分別設計「透明體」與「發光體」,另外也希望使用字體時可以多互動參與,因此有了組字印章的想法。「我們當初設定的目標族群為小學生和外國人,因為他們剛接觸中文,透過隨心所欲的創作字體,可以加深學習印象,後來收到許多人的反應都超乎想像的好。」介盈和蔓霖雀躍地說。

「來字哪裡」組字印章「來字哪裡」

 

 

 

 

 

 

設計是天生使命  命中注定我愛你

介盈和蔓霖走上設計這條路,好像都是天生注定。介盈從小住在復興美工附近,看到學生們背著畫袋的模樣,讓喜歡畫畫的她有所憧憬;蔓霖自小喜愛繪畫,從國中開始念美術班一路念到大學設計系,都是因為成長環境與家人的一路支持,進而踏入設計領域。

「來字哪裡」是她們的畢業製作,回想當初選擇組員的時候,外向活潑的蔓霖直覺地詢問個性安靜的介盈是否願意同組,從那一刻起,從設計發想到製作完成,兩人互補的個性,讓整個製作過程中,居然沒有任何爭執發生,感情深厚情同姊妹。即便兩人意見看法不同,也會尋求老師的建議,最後將各個意見的優點集結,反而可以想出更好的點子。

蔓霖透露自己的個性比較粗心,總是會丟三落四,而細心的介盈總是會默默地在後面把東西撿起來收好,等到蔓霖需要用到的時候再把東西拿出來。兩人個性特質相當互補,做起事來總是能彼此相輔相成,向前邁進。「來字哪裡」首次登場是在新一代設計展,當時共製作100組印章,展覽期間全數售罄,2016年底獲得金點概念設計獎年度最佳設計獎的肯定,讓她們更有自信走設計這條路。

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獲大獎回饋社會  下一步是集資量產

30萬元獎金對初出茅廬年輕人來說,是筆龐大金額,不少人好奇他們會怎麼運用這筆費用,沒想到介盈和蔓霖第一件想做事情就是回饋社會。「去年年底得獎後,不久看到南蘇丹飢荒急需救援的新聞,覺得自己有一點能力了,可以幫助飢餓的人,另一部分存起來作為未來的設計基金。」介盈和蔓霖回憶起當時的決定。

有了愛與善念讓她們更強大,現階段正積極改良產品,下一步計畫是在集資平台募資,希望可以達成量產的願望,讓更多人知道字體有趣、好玩,認識繁體字之美,等他們有更多能力的時候,可以再回饋社會更多一些。

▲ 2017金點概念設計獎徵件至 6 月 28 日截止
▲ 詳報名網址:http://www.goldenpin.org.tw/tw/pgpnyg2.asp


Award winning 90s-born duo make perfect partners

“I would like to thank my partner,” said Taiwanese designer Man-Lin Wang at the 2016 Golden Pin Concept Design Award ceremony. “Without you, we wouldn’t be here.” Man-Lin and her team mate Chieh-Ying Wang were on stage to receive a coveted Best Design trophy for their typography project, Lai Zi Na Li. The win was a dream come true for the 90s-born duo, which came with a hefty cash prize of TW$ 300,000, and on stage, the two designers showed a touching closeness as they bantered back and forth about their inspirations.

 

Disassembling, reassembling, and creating unique fonts

Man-Lin and Chieh-Ying graduated from the Department of Industrial and Commercial Design at the Oriental Institute of Technology in 2016. Believing each font represents a culture, they designed two fonts Fa-guang and Tou-ming for Lai Zi Na Li named, which were inspired by the sincere and friendly nature of Taiwanese people. In order to add some interactivity to their project, they came up with the idea of designing a set of movable type stamps. As the designers note: ”Our target users are primary school students and those who are just starting to learn Chinese. You can learn about Chinese characters as you create your own font styles using the stamps. We have received incredibly positive feedback.”

 

Design Is a calling and a destiny

Design is a calling for the dedicated duo. Chieh-Ying has lived nearby Fu-Hsin Trade & Arts School since she was a child. Watching the art students hefting around their bags of drawing tools motivated her to pursue a career inspired by her love of painting. Man-Lin has liked painting since childhood. With her family’s support and a wish to become the drive to become a designer in the future, she majored in art in junior high school and all way through college.

Lai Zi Na Li is the team-of-two’s Bachelor’s degree graduation project. When choosing a partner, outgoing Man-Lin intuitively asked quiet Chieh-Ying if she wanted to work together. Since then, through the process of idea generation to project completion, the two young designers have been inseparable and admit to never having had an argument. When they did not see eye-to-eye, they sought advice from their teachers and constantly improved on their best ideas.

These two polar opposites are strangely and uniquely matched. For example, Man-Lin admits that she is sometimes absentminded and often forgets her belongings. During university, Chieh-Ying would spot these items and thoughtfully pick them up. Without saying a word, she would give them back to Man-Lin when she discovered them missing. Lai Zi Na Li was first unveiled at YODEX (Young Designers’ Exhibition) 2016 in Taiwan. The designers made 100 sets of stamps for the event, all of which sold out. By close of year, their work had been recognized as Best of Golden Pin Concept Design Award, making both more confident than ever to pursue a career in design.

 

First giving back to society; onto fundraising and mass production

TW$ 300,000 is a lot of money for a recent graduate, most of whom have just entered the job market. How did Man-Lin and Chieh-Ying use their prize money? Surprisingly, the first thing they choose to do was to give back to society. “Shortly after receiving the award at the end of last year, we saw the news about the famine in South Sudan. We felt that we could offer some help, so we donated part of the money and saved the rest for our future projects," the generous pair recall.

Through love and goodwill they are made stronger. Man-Lin and Chieh-Ying are currently improving their products and their next step will be a fundraising campaign through a crowdfunding platform. In this way, the designers hope to achieve their goal of mass production of Lai Zi Na Li, in turn enabling more people to discover just how interesting, fun, and beautiful traditional Chinese characters can be.

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