Taiwanese Designer Wins Gold at German Book Design Awards

Taipei, March 12 (CNA) A Tainan-born designer has won gold in an annual international book design competition in Germany, while another Taiwanese artist has also been shortlisted.

Tainan-born designer Chen Kuan-ting (陳冠廷) won the gold medal in the 2022 Best Book Design From All Over the World competition for his design of the book “Met Stoelen”, according to a list of winners published on March 10 by the organizer, German foundation Stiftung Buchkunst.

A jury statement on the book praised Chen for the use of chairs in the book, saying, “Most of the photographs of chairs used are tilted and cross the middle of the double page, thus being cut into two and somewhat swallowed up, but also waking up. a whole new way of seeing. The printed chairs become objects again, in a deconstructed way. It sounds a bit like a metaphor, the chairs are broken.

Chen’s book was published by ArtEZ University of the Arts in Arnhem, the Netherlands.

According to a press release from the Taipei Book Fair Foundation on Friday, Chen currently resides in Arnhem and works on researching books, fonts and cultures.

Stiftung Buchkunst has also shortlisted Taiwanese artist Ni Ho-tzu’s (倪和孜) design for the book “Steamy Buns” in the same international category.

Ni, better known by the pen name Son Ni, is a longtime book illustrator and publisher, and the founder of nosbooks, which published Steamy Buns.

Stiftung Buchkunst has held the annual competition for over 60 years to promote excellent book design.

According to Stiftung Buchkunst, the competition aims to provide an opportunity to explore the design differences between international and German book designs.

The most prestigious honor is the gold letter, followed by the gold medal that Chen won.

In addition, two silver medals, five bronze medals and five honorary appreciations are also chosen by a jury.

Traditionally, winners in the international category have their works displayed at the annual Leipzig Book Fair, but this year’s winners will have their books exhibited at the Leipzig Independent Publishing Fair on March 19, due to the cancellation of the premiere by COVID-19.

Besides the international category, Stiftung Buchkunst also organizes the competition for the best German book design to reward exemplary German conception, design and manufacture on German books, as well as the sponsorship prize competition for the design of young books to stimulate innovations in printing among young designers.