President’s Design Award 2013 Special Report: The works conferred the Award have exemplary design attributes. In this first of a five-part series, we examine how good design puts the user at the centre of the experience.
When he embarks on a design project, Patrick Chia considers the state of technology, human needs as well as social trends. He is driven to create works that resonate with users. One such work is Roly Poly. Melding technology with design, the devise lets two people communicate in a spontaneously subtle way.
Patrick’s commercial work, the Objects Around the Tablescape collection, examines the emotive qualities of materials such as weight, texture, translucency and tactility. Yet others delight with the sheer novelty of their properties: 3D-printed nylon bowls of extraordinary lightness and flexibility, yet semi-porous; and serving plates milled from solid stone-filled acrylic, possessing mass yet appearing “weightless” to the eye.
Soft bowls (left) and Monoplates (right).
Satay by the Bay, adjacent to the Marina Bay waterways, offers the public a remarkable dining experience. Linghao Architects and KUU design consultants have created a food pavilion with an outdoor setting, nestled in a landscaped environment and almost always permeating with sea breezes – and of course, the sweet smells of delectable satay!
Through observing users and listening to their needs, lead designer Chan Wai Lim and her team have created a product that they desire, the Dell Inspiron 23: All-In-One PC. This mass-produced consumer product is designed for users wanting a PC that occupies minimal desk space; and offered at an attractive price. The touchscreen desktop can be “folded” at various angles to accommodate the preferred scenario for use.
The touchscreen can be “collapsed” to be perfectly horizontal to accommodate two users playing a digital game.