GDA Awards have touched an international message

Earlier in March this year, the GDA Design Awards invited applications for the GDA Mobile Tech Award. This is a design prize and recognition for new ideas, concepts and finished products that help us all move about. It can be new types of bikes, green electric vehicles, parts of a metro system. Anything to do with peoples' movement.

GDA Awards have touched an international message

"The response has been extraordinary" says Charlotte Seymour of GDA. 43 different countries and cultures are represented in the applications received from a very global audience. Ideas, projects, products and systems have poured in from South East Asia as well as the Middle East - rubbing shoulders with many from Europe and also from North America.


"Design is often a seen as a European skill" intones Oscar Tanaka, "so this wider audience has delighted and surprised us. It underlines that we are on the right track with the GDA Awards." The European design organisations have dominated for many years and European designers have indeed made their mark on the man-made world. "Now we are seeing a more balance world of design." says Tanaka with a smile.

GDA Awards have touched an international message

The international jury is now in action to sort through the applications and they have a challenge in dealing with different ideas and cultures. The idea of the multi-cultural design profession applying creative talent to solving many of the world's local, regional and global is a real new movement. It's the way that GDA Awards wants to go. Design at the crossroads. "GDA seeks not just to lead the way in good design, we want to make sure that the world knows who the designers are and that they get recognition" says Charlotte Seymour as her hand slaps loudly on the desk.

GDA Awards have touched an international message
 

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