The recently concluded inaugural run of the Good Design Award Philippines (GDA Ph), organized by the DTI-Design Center of the Philippines, celebrated design as a tool for solving real-world problems and uplifting the quality of human life. GDA Ph recognizes design projects and solutions that stand out to qualify to the standards of Philippine design excellence comprised of four integral pillars—innovation, function, form, and malasakit (compassion).
Malasakit and Good Design
The executive director of the Design Center Rhea O. Matute explains that the emphasis on malasakit as an integral component of good Philippine design signifies the country’s contribution to the global design discourse. “It is the impact of the design solutions on the quality of life, social concern or human need that distinguishes Philippine design from the rest,” says Matute. “In the first-ever run of the Good Design Award Philippines, the Design Center is instilling the idea that good design is not about aesthetics alone, but it is also a process-oriented approach to creating transformational solutions. Design can change the world.”
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Good Design Award Philippines recognizes impact-driven design solutions