Judges' wishes

As a professional designer, would you please tell us what your favorite design work is and why you like it?

Our participants are mostly students so as a senior of the design industry, do you have any suggestions for how to improve themselves as designers?

  • Song
    Kee Hong
    The design field is so broad today with almost unlimited opportunities and potential, whether in growing businesses or bridging social divides. The field has never been so exciting and dynamic, we should keep on learning and exploring across design or even non-design disciplines to forge our skill set and experience.
  • Sebastian
    Bergne
    As a student it is important to find your voice as a designer. Discover what makes you special so that you have something to offer an employer or the design world that they can’t find in anyone else. The best way to experiment is to take as many risks as possible. When they succeed, they will push you forward quickly, and when you fail, you will learn from your mistake.
  • Tong
    Huiming
    Firstly, it is important to have a solid foundation of professional ability in design, which means you have to be skillful in designing. Secondly, you need to have a broad knowledge, especially in technology, economy, society, and humanity. There are two factors but we call it, ‘T— type construction capability’, as the scale of the ‘T’ might vary from person to person, but the longer any part is, the more capable and better you are.
  • Damjan
    Stankovic
    College is a perfect moment for young designers to work on their own projects either during college time with the help and guidance of their professors, or outside the college time later in their career, they will have less time for this. They will often have to make compromises with technology, schedules, deadlines, clients or team members in their career. Working on your personal project is definitely the way for you to show what you are made of, what you feel looks nice, and in general, show the full potential of your design personality.
  • Cai Jun
    College is very important to them. Modeling ability, training and expression of beauty-appreciation, how to bring your ideas to a sketch, to life, all of these are the basic abilities to be a designer. Only being proficient in that, can make you have a further development. After that, it’s the training of creativity. Not just solid foundation, a successful designer need to be creative when designing. That includes think broadly, the curiosity and comprehension of life, broad knowledge accumulation. All of these need the love of life. Only combine those abilities and the basis of design can inspire your design creativity and improve in an all-round way.

Artificial intelligence is the fastest growing trend in the current design and technology society, what changes do you think it will bring to us? As well, how will it affect the industrial design field?

As a judge for the TechINK award 2017, what advice do you have for potential participants?

  • Sebastian
    Bergne
    Grab the opportunity that this competition gives you with both hands, but please be clear about why you are proposing your design. Remember, just because technology allows you to do something, doesn’t mean you should.
  • Tong
    Huiming
    Be original, and create unexpected ideas from nothing.
  • Damjan
    Stankovic
    This will be a repeat but please find time for your own projects and try to bring them to life.
  • Cai Jun
    TechINK award is the first industrial design competition with the theme of “home smart home - smart technology creates better home” in China. It gathers the exploration and conceiving of a new generation of industrial designers. It’ll be definitely echoed around the world! As a judge of this competition, I’m looking forward to an innovative work, which can break the routine, think and explore a practical way for using AI in our daily life. Create a new type of product and build an intelligent service mode.