|[September 25, 2013]
NCKU Students Showcase Work at London Design Festival 2013
TAINAN, Taiwan --(Business Wire)--
Seven students from National Cheng Kung University (NCKU), southern
Taiwan, traveled to London, UK, recently to participate the London
Design Festival 2013 starting from September 14 to 22, with their design
projects - City Go Round, Platform Impact, and KeyFrame - Tainan.
The students are young designers from NCKU Department of Industrial
Design and Department of Industrial and Information Management who had
cooperated with their counterparts from Platform 17 of Royal College of
Art (RCA), UK, running a joint exhibition called "Mind the Gap."
The exhibition focuses on a series of projects designed for public hubs,
especially train stations, thus bringing interactive devices and
experience, according to Prof. Min-Yuan Ma, director of NCKU Department
of Industrial Design.
This exhibition follows a workhop between the two schools held in April
earlier this year (2013). During the Mind the Gap Workshop, students and
teachers from NCKU and RCA collaborated together to discover, develop
and in the end, design special products for public hubs.
The different cultural backgrounds among students sparked unique ideas
via their discussion and communication.
"Through this exhibition, we hope to introduce the beauty of diverse
cultures as well as how they can integrate together," said Prof. Ma.
The three projects from NCKU were City Go Round, Platform Impact and
KeyFrame - Tainan which are specially selected for this exhibition.
City Go Round is an interactive design collaborating cultural arts,
information engineering and tourism, according to Yen-Chi Ho, one of the
four student designers of the project.
He said that adopting the idea of a slot machine, City Go Round randomly
picks four recommended places for people to visit with a pull of the
lever, saving time on the action of planning and deciding. This allows
people to kick-off their adventures with actual "Fun."
Platform Impact is a design that gives a new definition to "Culture
Impact," according to Wan-Ting Tseng, the student designer of the
project, and sound and images were collected from Tainan and London,
putting them onto canvases for display and installing sounds into cubes
KeyFrame - Tainan is an interactive device that combines culture,
digital arts and technology to bring the viewer into Tainan life, said
the student designer Long-Kei Fong.
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