The world’s largest fair for design students and new graduates started in Taipei yesterday, with a record number of local and foreign talent displaying their work, the organizers said.
Now in its 31st year, the four-day Young Designers’ Exhibition (YODEX) is showcasing more than 3,700 designs by talented young people, especially students from local design schools.
According to the Taiwan Design Center, one of the main organizers, 124 exhibitors from Taiwanese design schools and departments, along with 21 schools from eight other countries, are taking part in YODEX 2012.
The opening day attracted a large number of visitors, and the organizers said they expected as many as 95,000 to come to the exhibition throughout its four-day run.
The exhibits include work by aspiring designers in fields such as fashion, industrial and graphic design, communications, interior design and multimedia.
At the opening ceremony, Minister of Economic Affairs Shih Yen-shiang (施顏祥) expressed delight at seeing so many innovative designs by young local talent and described the fair as a perfect international stage for local students to showcase their creativity.
The annual show also serves as a great exchange platform for the private sector and academia, he said, adding that many local designers got their start at the show and see it as a “must--follow” path in the move from school to industry.
“We want to use our design capability to drive Taiwan’s industrial sector forward,” Shih said.
The fair will run until Monday at Hall 1 and Hall 3 at the Taipei World Trade Center.