A mullet-inspired design created by a graduate student at Asia University in Taichung has won nine international awards, including Germany’s Red Dot Design Award, the university said.
Liu Jing-wei (劉經緯), who studies in the Department of Visual Communication Design, said his work highlights the process of fishing and was created using gyotaku, an ancient Japanese method of printing fish designs.
Liu’s work won gold at Pentawards, a worldwide packaging design competition in Brussels, Belgium; silver at the Joseph Binder Award, an international competition with a focus on graphic design and illustration in Austria; as well as awards at competitions in Switzerland, Chicago, New York, London and Italy, according to a university statement.
College of Creative Design dean Wang Chao-hua (王兆華) said Liu’s nine international design awards from a single project was an unprecedented achievement.
Liu said his design highlights the concept of symbiosis between people and nature, as wild mullet come from the sea and provide substantial economic benefits for fishermen.
All the packaging materials are recyclable, he said.
Another work by Liu featuring a series of five illustrations titled “The Little Bag” won the top prize at the Japanese Illustrators Association’s (JIA) Illustration Competition.
According to the JIA report, this was the first time a participant from Taiwan had won the award.
“The illustrations tell the story of a lonely traveler, the Little Bag,” Liu said.
The Little Bag demonstrates a distinctive feature that is not found in traditional Japanese illustrations, JIA president Takahiro Kanie said.
He said that Liu’s work, with its simple colors and creative shapes, not only tells an attractive story, but also brings forth interesting imagery.
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