With locations in Germany and Singapore, the Red Dot Design Museum showcases award winning product design and concept designs meant to streamline society. Many of the award competitors were students currently in school. From the Red Dot Design SG website:
“The red dot award: design concept answers these questions by inviting the most talented designers and most progressive companies from all over the world to submit their best design ideas to rigorous adjudication process.
Each year, an independent panel of jury gather at the red dot design museum in Singapore to meticulously scrutinize each entry to the competition. Through a series of examination and debate, exceptional design concepts are identified and awarded with the international coveted “red dot”.
This seal, a mark of excellence, sends a strong and indisputable signal that demands attention to both the design concept and designer.”
Everything from interactive LED bathtubs, disposable (recycled) emergency housing, health products to repurposed plastic bottles as building materials are present in the museum. A good look at the near future of product design and well-designed gadgetry.
So I planned on attending the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts Design & Media Diploma Show (entitled “Paranoia“); so I did-and it was great! While meandering through the student’s work I chatted with a few locals, Jonathan and Clayee, both current students at NAFA. Not only did I get some valuable insight into being a design student in Singapore, but they also told me about another opening that evening at the LaSalle College of Fine Arts just down the street! So after viewing all of the awesome publications and media work at NAFA, I walked down the street to find out that not only was LaSalle having an exhibition opening, it was also the grand opening of their new facility! Even though I didn’t have an invitation, I was kindly invited in for a posh array of food and drink (Thanks Crispian!)
Overall, the work at both institutions was outstanding and abundant! I had no idea that there was such a large design community in Singapore and after chatting with an interactive major found out more on how the design programs here work:
- Design schools in Singapore do not have in-house printing services! It is up to the students to go out on their own to satisfy their print needs. I’ve realized we are extremely lucky at MCAD to have such an awesome Service Bureau, but wonder if we aren’t losing valuable experience working with real-world printers?
- The design program is very integrated, especially at LaSalle. Here, fashion designers, web/multimedia designers, publication designers and illustrators all work side by side to create a coherent, fully integrated design community. (btw fashion design is a HUGE program @ LaSalle).
- The ways in which the work is exhibited is very unique. At NAFA, each student not only had the chance to place their printed works on pedestals, but also had a video screen on which to show a slideshow of their portfolio. Each screen had a hand-made individualized box for not only dispersing the student’s card, but receiving cards from prospective employers as well. At LaSalle, the design exhibition had a “theme” of cardboard accordions that held the work, the exhibition almost had a convention feel as it took place in one large room with no internal walls.