Under the Radar

The Innovative, Life-Changing Inventions

at the Good Design

Award Philippines

by Inside Manila Team, August 02, 2019 4:55pm

Art by Dani Elevazo

Under the Radar

The Innovative, Life-Changing Inventions at the Good Design Award Philippines

by Inside Manila Team, August 02, 2019 4:55pm
Art by Dani Elevazo

The creative industries, particularly the design sector, is steadily emerging as a driver of national competitiveness. With this, public investment in the design industries has seen steady growth too. This encourages a prolific design culture by recognizing good design across sectors.

Good Design Award Philippines is a national design excellence recognition system that aims to promote design as a key tool in developing and providing solutions to social challenges. The awarding event strengthens the country’s global competitiveness and increases its innovative quotient.

Launched by the Design Center of the Philippines, the Good Design Award Philippines highlights malasakit as defining the character of Philippine Excellence. Malasakit is the sympathetic consciousness of others' distress and acting to alleviate it. 

The inclusion of malasakit in the criteria carries the Philippine value beyond the quality of good design. It shows how local innovations can also impact on global challenges. From a community level of compassion, Philippine design sees itself committed to developing solutions on a much larger perspective.

Maria Rita O. Matute, Design Center executive director, cites four homegrown products and services as examples that were recognized in “Japan’s Good Design Award - ASEAN Design Selection” in 2018.

SALt Lamp

The SALt Lamp is an emergency lamp specially designed to give lighting support to marginalized island communities without the burden of complex tool mechanism. This innovation is in line with Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) #7 on access to affordable and clean energy. With its human-centered design, SALt Lamp received the highest response in the visitor and consumer among the 22 designs in the ASEAN Design Selection special exhibition in Tokyo, Japan.

Make a Difference (MAD) Travel

MAD Travel offers social tourism tour packages that afford a sustainable living for Aeta communities in San Felipe, Zambales, while tackling SDGs #1, #2, and #3 on No Poverty, Zero Hunger, and Good Health and Well-being.

Red Palm Ventures’ Banana Stalk Wallpapers

Addressing Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) #12 on Responsible Production and Consumption, Red Palm Ventures exhibit is geared towards the livelihood support and empowerment of women in a community in San Pablo, Laguna through the optimal use of banana stalks!

Bambike’s Bambino Balance Bike

The Bambike also reinforces SDG #12 through the use of the highly abundant bamboos in their production, and SDG #8 on Decent Work and Economic Growth by providing a livelihood to the Bambuilders (bamboo builders) of a Gawad Kalinga Community in Victoria, Tarlac.

The Good Design Award is accepting entries from Philippine-registered enterprises and designers from both the private and public sectors until August 15, 2019. If you’re a designer who dreams of a better future for the world, don’t hesitate to participate.

This article is created based on a press release by the Design Center of the Philippines. For more information, visit https://designcenter.ph/good-design-award-ph/


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