Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Global winner announced

Moipone, the global winner

At the grand final in Goa last week, the global winner of the SDC competition was announced as Moipone Qekisi, from South Africa. Moipone joined all the finalists on a trip of a lifetime to India, where they met with the judges to discuss their use of colour in their designs, as well as their aspects of sustainable thinking. We are indebted to the judges for their expert input and inspiration that they offered to all the finalists.
Moipone's prize included a cheque for (the equivalent of) £1000, along with the Veronica Bell Trophy, presented on behalf of the family of the late Dr Veronica Bell, a past-president of the SDC, to acknowledge excellence in the field of colour and design.
Other winners included Nancy Taplin from the UK as the first runner up, and Denise Wong from Hong Kong as the second runner up. Moipone, Nancy and Denise all were presented Pantone Colour Viewers as part of their prize. Angelina Anderson (Australia), Nabil Hasan Khan (Bangladesh) and C S Balajee (India) were also commended by the judges.

SDC president Mike Bartle with (L-R): Nancy, Moipone and Denise

Chair of the judging panel, Latika Khosla, commented, 'The winners were chosen on the basis of how true they were to their original ideas; how closely they integrated the idea of sustainable design into the project; and most importantly the ones that in future would inspire a whole lot of us to be touched by colour design.'

The judging panel included (pictured in the front row, L-R): Sue Williams, colour consultant and immediate past-president of the SDC; Latika Khosla, design director of a Mumbai-based trend consultancy and Asia Pacific chair of the Color Marketing Group USA; and Savio Jon, a fashion designer based in the state of Goa. Also pictured in the front row is SDC president, Mike Bartle, who announced the winners at the awards dinner.

The finalists are pictured (L-R): Erika Neumayer (USA), Denise Wong (Hong Kong), C S Balajee (India), Nadia Munir Khan (Pakistan), Nancy Taplin (UK), Angelina Anderson (Australia), Moipone Qekisi (global winner from South Africa), Nabil Hasan Khan (Bangladesh), Bijal Vora (India) and XiYue Zhao (China).

It was such a wonderful occasion to have all the finalists present which was made possible thanks to the generosity of our sponsors. The grand final of the design competition was sponsored by VeriVide and Pantone, and the awards dinner sponsor (where the winners were announced) was sponsored by Clariant. Each of the finalists also received gifts from Pantone Asia and SDC India.

More photos and feedback about their time in Goa from the finalsts to follow.
by CMcN

Friday, June 12, 2009

Grand final in Goa!

Two weeks today, the winner of the SDC global design competition 2009 will be announced in India. All 10 finalists will travel to Goa, representating their country in the grand final. In line with the rules of the competition, the host country may put forward a finalist from each of its SDC regions, with both Mumbai and Tirupur being represented. Let us introduce the finalists and their work!

Angelina Anderson, TAFE NSW Sydney Institute


Nabil Hasan Khan, BGMEA Institiute of Fashion and Technology


XiYue Zhao, Jiangnan University


Wong Chau-Hung (Denise), Hong Kong Design Institute

INDIA (Mumbai)

Bijal Vora, Nirmala Niketan College

INDIA (Tirupur)

C S Balajee, PSG College of Technology


Nadia Munir Khan, Iqra University


Moipone Qekisi, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Technikon


Nancy Taplin, Colchester School of Art and Design


Erika Neumayer, Dominican University in Chicago

For the first time in the history of SDC global design competitions, the brief has called for more than a creative use of colour. This year, students from regions around the world were also invited to incorporate sustainable thinking into their fashion or textile designs. Encouragingly, the designers of tomorrow took on this challenge with vigour – with evidence that many of the students are indeed clued up in terms of sustainability with some bright, new ideas being proposed.

On 25 June, each of the finalists will have the opportunity to meet with the panel of judges and have a chance to convince them that their approach to colour and sustainability is worthy of the accolade, the SDC Colour Design Award 2009. The global winner will be announced at the awards dinner on 26 June and will receive £1000 and the Veronica Bell Trophy (pictured).

by CMcN