GLOBAL — Riding the bicycle to lessen one’s carbon footprint is one thing, but for DDB Singapore Deputy Executive Creative Director and Head of Art and Design Thomas Yang, biking is one of the many ways he could use and abuse to showcase art. This unique and quirky technique transported Yang to the top spot in the Asian Creative Awards vol. 1 Grand Prix.
Yang’s “Bicycle Mon Amour” stood out from over 3,250 works submitted by more than 1,070 applicants.
“I like this piece because the concept behind it is very strong. The symbolism and the meaning behind this work really make it stand out. I love the way he used the bicycle tracks to apply the paint/ink. This is awesome execution. Bicycle Mon Amour is also my favorite in the series,” commented Filipino designer and illustrator Dan Matutina, one of the judges.
Along with the bragging rights, Yang will be given the opportunity to make an Asian presentation tour and have his winning artwork featured on the pages of the design magazine “+DESIGNING” and the Asian creative magazine “Asia Creative Network.”
Winning is not at all new to Yang. He has bagged over 300 major awards from renowned award-giving bodies like the New York Festivals, London International Awards (LIA), AdStars, Clio, Spikes Asia and Cannes Lions where he was also selected as The Creative Director of the Year in the Hall of Fame award and one of the Top 10 Highest Ranked Creative Directors in 2011.
He has also been named as the 4th Highest Ranked Art Director in the world by The Big Won Rankings Report, and 2nd Highest Ranked Creative in the Asia Pacific Region by Campaign Magazine Asia-Pacific.
Thomas Yang served as the 2014 adobo Design Awards jury president and speaker during the first adobo Main Course in 2013.
Meanwhile, the Asian Creative Network (ACN) Exchange Award was won by Taiwanese Ting-Ting Cheng, a professional photographer based in London, UK. Other winners of special awards are Aditya Pratama (Indonesia), Perry J (Taiwan), Akira Kusaka (Japan), Elaine Fnag (Taiwan), Joyce Lee (Singapore), Lolay Thaweesak Srithongdee (Thailand), zhaopulu (China), Q Nguyen Da Quyen (Vietnam), Emilie Sarnel (Hong Kong).
The Asian Creative Awards aims to support the next generation of Asian artists by giving them opportunities to work abroad.