Companies are relying on designers to help them achieve product differentiation and enhance competitiveness. In an effort to create innovative and more valuable products, Taiwanese companies have been making ever greater investments in industrial design. Spearheaded by some of Taiwan’s top companies and research centers, the effort is already paying off, earning the island accolades…

An example of the new style of covered bust stops in Taipei, especially designed for places with narrow sidewalks. (Photo: Taipei City Government Office of Public Transportation)

As this year’s “World Design Capital,” Taipei aims to forge a new, forward-looking image.   Designated the “2016 World Design Capital” by the International Council of Societies of Industrial Design (ICSID),Taipei has embarked on a comprehensive initiative to mark this year by instilling design elements into numerous aspects of urban life. “The WDC project aims…