The Taipei World Trade Center has been transformed into a potpourri of creative ideas as one of the world’s largest exhibition fairs for design students and new graduates, the Young Designers’ Exhibition (YODEX), opened yesterday.
Now in its 30th year, the four-day event showcases thousands of innovative designs by talented young people, especially students from local design colleges.
Students from 112 local and 21 international institutions participated in this year’s event, with more than 8,000 young design students submitting more than 3,500 pieces of work.
The up-and-coming young designers showed their creativity through various forms, including industrial products and packaging design, graphic design, craft projects, fashion design, interior design and multimedia.
In response to natural disasters that have occurred around the world recently, students of Tainan University of Technology displayed multifunctional lights that are normally used as wall lamps or to hang clothes, but can also be removed and strapped onto a person’s arm to light an evacuation route in an emergency.
Eco-friendly themes featured in many designers’ projects. In the National Science Council’s green technologies display, winners from last year showcased windows that can also be used as flower pots, a solar powered shower system and an LED light system that can be controlled by touch panels.
Designs inspired by traditional Taiwanese culture were also popular. Two students from the National United University designed stationery inspired by dragon artifacts from traditional temples, incorporating the woodcarving skills of Miaoli County’s Sanyi Township (三義), which is located near the university’s campus.
The exhibition also holds a competition — the YODEX Design Award — with a total of 394 works selected as nominees. The winners will be announced tomorrow.
Additional reporting by CNA