The Shenzhen Design Award for Young Talents (SDAY) is an international professional competition for young designers under the age of 35 who are from the 295 UNESCO Creative Cities worldwide. The SDAY is administered by the Shenzhen Association for International Culture Exchanges, Shenzhen Innovation & Creative Design Development Office, organized by the Shenzhen Culture, Creativity & Design Association (SCCDA), in Association and Cooperation with the UNESCO Creative Cities.
Emma Maria Strydom topped the list of 21 winners of the fourth edition of Shenzhen Design Award for Young Talents (SDAY).
260 entrants, including professionals and students from 21 creative cities in the network, have reached the final judging process, which lasted two days, with nearly 600 pieces of work. 21 entrants and 3 nominators were chosen as winners.
The secretariat finally received over 200 works submitted by 96 professional individuals and teams as well as 26 student individuals and teams
A total of 91 emerging design works created by 135 young designers from 16 creative cities from home and abroad were exhibited in Excellent Works Exhibition.
The purpose of the SDAY is to reward the efforts of young designers who, through their creativity, have made outstanding contributions to making cities more environmentally friendly and livable, society more harmonious, development more sustainable, and above all, human lives better.
Meanwhile, the SDAY aims to encourage the exchange between young creative talents from different countries, the cooperation between the Creative Cities, the sharing of those cities’ experiences and ideas for developing creative and cultural industries, the production and sale of creative design products, and the promotion of creative design thinking .
The pandemic has overshadowed global development， and the world faces greater challenges in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals delineated in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development by the United Nations. Meanwhile, industrial restructuring requires more time in various countries as traditional industries still form a great part of the economies， while emerging and high-tech industries have not yet grown into the leading forces of economic growth. The energy mix has not been fundamentally changed. Pollution in specific industries and areas has not been properly controlled. Carbon neutrality remains a tough task， and environmental issues have weighed increasing pressure on development. Low-carbon development is inevitable， and the key to success in global competition lies in the green economy.
Design has a great impact on production, lifestyle, business, ecosystem, and public environment. Young designers across the globe are cordially invited to explore ways to promote the economy, industries, and society to go green. Only sustainable design can ensure the co-existence of human and nature, and build a planet where we share our future.
Shenzhen Association for International Culture Exchanges，Shenzhen Innovation & Creative Design Development Office
Shenzhen Special Fund for Cultural & Creative Industries Development
Shenzhen Culture, Creativity & Design Association (SCCDA)
in Association and Cooperation with the UNESCO Creative Cities