Ahn Gwang-jin, a senior majoring in Industrial Design, won the silver prize for the iF (International Forum Design) Product Design Award. The iF Product Design Award was introduced in 1954 and is annually given by the iF. Along with the Red Dot Design award, it is one of the most important product design award in the world. Every year, it attracts more than 2,000 product entries from around 37 nations, which are judged by renowned experts, and through examination the best product of them receives the iF seal for outstanding design. The best of the best are awarded with an iF gold award, known as the "Design Oscar".
Ahn's prize winning product is a modified scanner with dual plate. He said, "I found that the former scanner had a defect in ways of using them. I got my inspiration from a cardboard, used when we write on a book. This way, you can scan more clearly even the inner part of the book, where it usually becomes black when scanned."
A question may exist whether a designer has considered for the practical engineering section from the initial start of the project. About this, "This product is made with aesthetic aspect as a top priority. Operation method for this product is different. But I did not completely ignore the engineering detail. I considered fundamental specifications in all aspects. And another thing, this award does not belong only to me. Two other personals also participated. It was cooperated work."
To increase the outcome of such awards in the future, convergence between different major like science and art or industrial design and engineering is essential. Ahn said about how Hanyang University (HYU) can improve the ability in this field. "HYU is on a beneficial position because HYU has a powerful background in engineering. Because of this, College of Design is also getting the affects in their practical part of the design very much. Especially, industrial design has strong bond with practical engineering. But as an undergraduate student, you need to focus on creative thinking. Good design comes first before anything else. So HYU should utilise these profitable conditions well and offer good environment for students to think more creatively."
Lastly, he mentioned about the attitude to be a good designer. "You need to open your eye and ears about everything you see and hear. Design is not all about actual drawing or making a product. You need to experience much information in various fields, and widen your horizon so you can be an outstanding designer."