WATCH: Singapore Creator Awards celebrates creativity and innovation

May 24, 2019Smart Lock Producer igloohome’s versatile, remotely managed security solution, the Smart Padlock, emerged as the top winner in the hotly contested Lifestyle Product category of the Singapore Creator Awards.

Organised by Lianhe Zaobao, Singapore Creator Awards is a design competition which aims to spur innovation and creativity that best express the Singapore culture. There are two main categories - Graphic Design and Lifestyle Product.

This year’s edition also added a new subsidiary category, the DBS “Recycle more, Waste less” Award which recognises innovative designs that help create a more sustainable tomorrow.

During the four-month call-for-entry campaign that lasted from 9 Dec 2018 to 7 April 2019, the Singapore Creator Awards was promoted extensively via the SPH print, radio, digital and outdoor network, including five school outreach events and two public talks. More than 350 entries were received, almost tripling the number of entries received last year.

The designs from 10 finalists in each category were showcased at Bugis+. During the 10 day voting period, more than 5,000 votes were made online by the public to support their favourite design. Winners were then announced at the prize presentation ceremony held on 10 May at Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre where more than 120 guests including representatives from education and design institutions were invited. 

Graphic designer Andy Koh Boon Peng took home the Gold Award in the Graphic Design category, as well as a $5,000 cash prize. His set of beautifully designed nursery rhyme stamps was done with the intention to educate young Singaporeans on the values of cultural and racial diversity.

The Silver Award was presented to Lee Xin Li for her snapshot of local dishes, whereby she translated those images onto buildings on the map of Singapore to echo the rich cultural convergence in our country. She was awarded $2,500 cash prize.

Choo Jia Hui, a User Interface Designer, walked home with the Bronze Award for her showcase of the uniquely Singapore Sign Language through her minimalistic hand-drawn graphics featuring local signs of Singapore’s prominent landmarks. Her efforts were also rewarded with a $1,000 cash prize.

Other winners in the Lifestyle Product Category are Jessica Wong, Creative Director and Co-Founder of Scene Shang, and David Jonathan Ui, a design student from Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, who received the Silver and Bronze Awards respectively.

Jessica paid homage to culture and tradition with her ‘XUAN’ Table. Using geometric diagrams and rotational curves, the mahjong table can be transformed from a slim console to a triangular table or to a square one.

David, a merit winner last year, made a strong comeback by clinching the Bronze Award. Using minimum structure to achieve a balance between lightness, function and aesthetics, his “Outline Rattan Stool” repackages nostalgia with a contemporary look to appeal to the younger generation.

Ms Claire Wong, Head of DBS Foundation said, “At DBS, we recognise that we have a part to play in building a better, more sustainable world. Our ‘Recycle more, Waste less’ initiative aims to help build a more socially conscious society, where our collective efforts can reap significant long-term benefits here in Singapore. In this partnership with SPH on the Singapore Creator Awards 2019 for the DBS ‘Recycle more, Waste less’ Award, we are heartened to celebrate the creativity of so many young talented local designers who wish to drive meaningful change with their innovative ideas.”

Singapore Creator Awards 2019 was presented by DBS Bank Limited and supported by Singapore Chinese Culture Centre (SCCC), DesignSingapore Council, and Intellectual Property Office of Singapore (IPOS).

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