Creative prowess wins on world stage


  • Metro News
  • Friday, 10 Jan 2020

Loh’s entry ‘Clayn’ is to encourage fun and imagination as it can be twisted and squeezed.

FIRST City University College’s Faculty of Design & Built Environment (FDBE) has bagged several awards in the recent Asia Student Package Design Competition (ASPaC) and Olympac competitions in Tokyo.

FDBE students Lim Hong Cheng and Loh Qiau Yu were shortlisted as ASPaC finalists and invited to attend the awards ceremony.

At the ceremony, Lim, a second year Diploma in Graphic Design student, received the ASPaC Outstanding Award.

His entry “Malayan Tiger” was designed as a candy dispenser.

He chose the tiger motif due to the animal’s critically endangered status and hoped his entry would inspire others to protect Earth’s flora and fauna.

Loh, who recently completed her Graphic Design degree, won the ASPaC Japan Foundation Award for her entry entitled “Clayn”.

Lim’s entry ‘Malayan Tiger’ was designed as a candy dispenser.Lim’s entry ‘Malayan Tiger’ was designed as a candy dispenser.

She said its fun unique form could be twisted and squeezed, allowing people to interact directly with the packaging, making the product marketable.

Loh also won the Bronze Medal in the Olympac student package design contest.

The inaugural Olympac contest tests students’ ability to actualise their packaging ideas within 105 minutes followed by a presentation of their computer sketches to the judges.

The sole Asian winner, Loh said her entry, “Play-Oew” was inspired by her wish to have her shy pet cat interact with others.Both Lim and Loh credit their lecturers from across all FDBE programmes for their valuable guidance during preparation.

FDBE deputy head Asst Prof Dr Debbie Gan Siew Siew said the students’ entries and that of the other winners’ will be on display in Osaka before touring participating countries.

“This is First City UC’s third year joining ASPaC. I’m proud our students have won awards in all three editions so far, ” said Gan.Besides producing many award-winning students in its 30 years, the university college’s faculty also enjoys strong links with professional bodies like Malaysian Institute of Interior Designers, Malaysian Design Council and wREGA.

Students aspiring to a professional design career can visit First City UC to learn more about its programmes and tour the facilities.

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