During the prize presentation, Selangor state executive councillor and Kinrara assemblyman, Teresa Kok presented our students the prizes and was overwhelmed with happiness to see young creative Malaysians work towards an achievement. The competition was a paint-on-the-spot at The Wharf, a new commercial hub at Taman Tasik Prima, Puchong; the design would then be used for a perimeter hoarding of the new main site project throughout the entire construction period.
As both team consist of five members; the Design Ninja team won first place and a whopping cash of RM 5, 000 plus an Apple iPad each for team captain, Vic Lau Khai Ping, Cheah Yong Keat, Grace Lau Kit Yiing, Can Yong Chen Chong and Venice Yong Siaw Pei. The team were grouped and trained by head of Interior Design department Eric Leong for the purpose of competing creatively in competitions. The objective is to ensure that ID@TOA's interior design students are rightfully taught and exposed to increase their level of knowledge & experiences and according to Malaysia's competitions' rules & regulations. Based on the competition's theme, the team designed a modern, colourful yet dreamy concept which completely reflects 'Dream it, Build it, Live it'. The team practiced one day before the competition to ensure that they meet the timeline given where they are required to paint of the spot for three hours. "Our design consists of three elements and vivid colours used to represent the theme. We took a week to plan the design," said Can Yong, a recent winner of The Ideation Award of Malaysian International Furniture Festival (MIFF).
The other group Lite Bulb consist of team captain Ching Huei Ming, Lee Pei Ying, Tan Seng Wai, Lai Shook Chin and Hoi Yee Mun; won hampers worth RM300 for their creative entry that tells a story of a boy who loves his parents so much that he dreams to fulfil his parents' dream in purchasing a lot of The Wharf while he illustrates his fantasy on a piece of paper. "This competition is more than just the winning or professional experience; the most important thing is having fun participating as a bunch of close friends. We had fun planning the layout, right up to painting it - like a fun project to do together!" said Alice Lee.
The interior design faculty has been motivating students with assorted events, occasions, competitions and activities with an aim to not just train them but to ensure that learning is fun and exciting while a student trains for his or her future career. It is important that a student sustain this interest so that he or she would continue to pursue on the creative dream in the billion dollar creative industry. It isn't about creativity, but it is about having an interest or a burning passion in the rising career field.