A Brief Introduction of Lanzhou Designer Association
Lanzhou Designer Association (hereafter referred to as “the Association”), consisting of a group of professional designers who are expert in visual communication design, interior design, product design, digital media arts, animation, public arts, cultural and creative design, architectural design and costume design, is the first comprehensive non-profit cultural and creative organization in Gansu province. Founded in 2008 with the approval of the Lanzhou Municipal Administration of Civil Organizations, the Association associated with elite local designers aims to protect rights and interests of the designing industry, enhance professional capacities, strengthen foreign exchanges and promote cross-border cooperation. It is also working to stimulate the academic spirit of original designs and the courage to break through, and advocate the idea of “serving the masses” in creativity and design. Seeing the aspirations of the people to live a better life as its duty, the Association advocates the philosophy of “designing and creating for the public”, continued to promote the integrated development of cultural and creative designing together with relevant industries.
In 2008, under the strong support of relevant provincial and municipal departments, the Association launched and planned the first largest design and art exhibition in Gansu since reform and opening-up, which is “Creative Gansu” Visual Art Exhibition. The exhibition is a collection of visual communication design, ecological design, industrial product design, digital animation, public arts and excellent images of creative enterprises for promotions in one, concentrating on the display of created outstanding works of professional design companies, designers, along with teachers and students with the backgrounds of design in recent years. Many refreshing designs gathered at that exhibition with professional and spectacular features, which got wide recognition and favorable comments from the community. The works exhibited eventually won the awards given by relevant authorities with a grand ceremony, greatly enhancing professional self-confidence and identity from the industry of designers. Meanwhile, the exhibition also won good social benefits and made great contributions to the promotion of local economic growth.
It was on the 60th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China and the liberation of Lanzhou that “Lanzhou Impression” Cultural Poster Design Competition was held with the support of Publicity Department of Lanzhou Municipal Committee and Bank of Lanzhou. Relying on the visual language, the competition interprets an unique Lanzhou, explores the future of Lanzhou, inspiring people’s love and the devotion to their homeland. During 2012, the Association continued to hold series competitions of cultural T-shirt, commercial photography, cultural and creative products, multimedia animation and other designs around the theme of “Creative Gansu” with the publishing of Creative Gansu: Selected Works of Excellent Designs of Visual Art and Lanzhou Impression: Collection of Excellent Works of Cultural Posters. At the same time, other professional academic exchanges were also organized, such as GDC Show in Lanzhou (GDC refers to Graphic Design in China, an award hosted by SGDA Shenzhen Graphic Design Association). Exhibitions and works mentioned above have been reported and shared many times by a number of media throughout the country, enjoying high attention from the general public. Owing to the influence, the enthusiasm and professional awareness of more local designers was stimulated spontaneously. In 2018, the Association launched an initiative known as “Designer’s Action to Help the Poor”, getting wide responses from its members positively, in which many designers went to Linxia County to solve the problems of local companies through illustrations of successful cases and on-site instructions by delivering lectures, and top promote social and economic development.
Since its establishment, the Association has developed more than 200 members, and has organized members to involve in studies and academic exchanges in Shenzhen, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Beijing, Shanghai and other cities, promoting the great progress and continuous development of the design industry in Lanzhou, and making contributions to economic, cultural, social development of Gansu province, which has achieved good social and economic benefits.
In the new era of socialism with Chinese characteristics, Lanzhou Designer Association will remain committed to its mission and inherit the past and ushering in the future, adhering to the purpose of serving the people, the professional quality of keeping improving and innovative and down-to-earth academic spirit. Furthermore, the Association will also make recommendations to the government with professionalism, passion, innovation and dedication, making contributions to cultural constructions and the progress of designing as well as the social development in Gansu.