April 22, 2016

Country of Origin: Taiwan

by Shashi Prakash Vyas

Increasingly, we find that conversations on design form an incomplete image of how it exists today. In the Special Report, we spoke to designers in six countries, in an attempt to discover parallels and differences in the way they each approach design.

Taiwan Design Center: Wen Long Chen

The design industry is a crucial link in the cultural and creative industry, and encompasses a wide range of aspects and requires cross-ministerial efforts. Creative design is the key to upgrading our national competitiveness. To promote the development of the cultural and creative industry, the government established Taiwan Design Center in 2003.

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Taiwan Design Center has been positioned as an integrated platform to promote design. Its main mission is to upgrade originality and creativity of Taiwanese designers, promote international design exchanges, upgrade market competitiveness of Taiwanese industries, help enterprises build up their own brands, raise the added value of these industries, and announce to the world that the era of “Design in Taiwan” has come.

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The quality of Taiwan’s designed products is at least equal to products from elsewhere in the world. This is an area that Taiwan Design Center is working towards, namely to change the perception of “Made in Taiwan” so that it means quality and innovation. In addition, we want to make sure the phrase “Designed in Taiwan” becomes part of the global vocabulary, and that it means high quality, good designs, and strong creativity.

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This article is the second in a series. Country of Origin features a handful of countries that are trying to exert their influence in the world of design.

A version of this article was published in Kyoorius 23.

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