Agoood, a team devotes in social design, has succeeded in FlyingV crowdfunding with its creative project cooperated with mentally retarded people. Within 6 months, it has accomplished more than 25 collective work events, and created more than 6,000 paintings, which have been physically realized in design products. The design products consist of cookies, coffee bags, postcards and tote bags, which are designed with the images of lovely animals created by the members with mental retardation. The paintings by the members with mental retardation are rich in creativity and originality, and the images are realized in design products by sophiscated Taiwan designers. Play Design Hotel is keen promote the idea of social design, and has contributed to the fundraising project. We will share the return for the contribution—the “Power of Goodness” design products—with friends of Play Design Hotel, and distribute them as the Christmas gifts for our lodgers on the Christmas weekend.
The notion of “social design” underlies designer’s role and responsibility in society, and the use of the design process to facilitate social change. With this, Agoood has successfully connected people with mental retardation, social workers, designers and the society through the practice of “companionship.” People of different social roles accompany those with mental retardation to draw and create, and the paintings will be transformed into delicate design products by the design team led by director Pili Wu. By the same token, the products, which inherited the spirit of the people with mental retardation and the designers, will be part of our daily life and keep us company. The mutual benefit, mutual companionship achieved by the project, will be transform into social energy and business model bit by bit.
Pili Wu was fascinated by the talent of the people with mental retardation, he departed from the inquiry into “what is the role of design in society,” tried to find the balance between public interest and design, and realized his ideas into a practice of design process, while leading the project develop into a substantial business model. Before this, he has participated in various business projects and experimented the different aspects of the paintings by those with mental retardation. The Agoood creative project has succeeded in finding its own business model combined with public interest and the empowerment of social minorities. It will keep experimenting on building a multi-functional space for the future projects and seeking for best interest for the society.
Play Design Hotel has devoted in thinking the possibility of connecting the lodgers and designers, international travelers and Taiwan Design, design culture and local community, and to inter-reference and mutually accompany between various cultures and social roles. The spirit and meanings delivered by Agoood creative project will be transformed into sharing feelings as Christmas gifts for our friends, even more, will be our reference for the continuous efforts in bringing design and hotel innovation and appreciation.