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Award-winning project: Vanishing Materials receives the international Red Dot winners’ label

For its Vanishing Materials book design, Jesvin Yeo has been awarded the much-coveted Red Dot as part of the Red Dot Award: Communication Design 2016, the globally renowned design competition. In sessions that lasted several days, the 26 experts on the Red Dot jury evaluated each of the large number of entries individually, live and on site. This year saw designers and companies from a total of 46 countries take part in the award.

Vanishing Materials: This second book of 'Vanishing Series' is designed to promote the awareness of traditional crafts and serves as a memory project of Singapore. Through this book, we share stories of our few remaining artisans. Importantly, readers are invited to partake as a co-creator. The pages are designed with lots of blank space for their curatorial input, their memory records and photographs of any traditional artisans and vanishing trades from around the world. In order for this valuable history to pass down for generations to come, a children storybook is included to introduce our heritage to the younger generations. The story is based on the intrinsic meaning of ‘adaptable’. Drawn from the long history of traditional woodclay, its use had changed from crafting religious objects to commercialised souvenirs. Woodclay has become one of the vanishing materials after the ban of giant Chinese joss sticks by the Environmental Pollution Control Acts. The story seeks to prime our younger generations to overcome difficult situations, and to make meaningful sense of individual, societal and cultural purposes.

“The increasingly international nature of our competition is proof of its growing reputation in the global design world”, says Prof. Dr. Peter Zec, founder and CEO of Red Dot. “We are very happy with this year's competition and are delighted at the very high standard of the award-winning projects from around the world. In today’s world, communication designers have become the catalyst between the worlds of language, economics and technology, in other words, they are the engines of progress. More than ever before, we want to be a driving force for development and trends in the sector and give established as well as up-and-coming designers the opportunity to find and claim their place in the market. The Red Dot seal of quality, known around the world to stand for a high level of design, helps them to achieve this."

Other Red Dot (Communication Design) Winning Works

2015: Visual / Senses

2014: Negotiating symbols across time and place

2013: 50s news-gift paper

Award ceremony and exhibition

The laureates will be honoured on 4 November 2016 in Berlin where the Red Dot Gala will take place in the Konzerthaus Berlin for the sixth time in succession. Afterwards, the Red Dot prize winners will be celebrated at the Designers’ Night in the E-Werk Berlin. Here, for one night only, the exclusive winners’ exhibition “Design on Stage” will be presented at which Red Dot will also be showing the award-winning book design: Vanishing Materials.

The Red Dot Design Award

The origins of the Red Dot Design Award date back to 1955. The now internationally renowned name and brand of the competition were developed by Prof. Dr. Peter Zec in the 1990s. The “Red Dot” has established itself internationally as one of the most coveted seals of quality for good design. In order to be able to properly evaluate the wide range of design projects, the award is sub-divided into three competitions: “Red Dot Award: Product Design”, “Red Dot Award: Communication Design” and “Red Dot Award: Design Concept”, each of which is held once a year. The Red Dot Award documents the most incisive trends around the world in everything from products to communication projects, packaging to design concept and prototypes. The award-winning designs are exhibited in the Red Dot Design Museums.


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