Chi-Hao Chiang / 江啟豪 is an avid gamer, amateur Hip-Hop dancer, and a cross-field industrial designer with a mechanical engineering background. Coming from Taiwan with a BA in mechanical engineering, He completed his Master's Degree in Industrial Design at Pratt Institute in May 2021.
Chi-Hao Chiang ("CC") interviewed on Friday, 3 June.
CC : This is actually my first year in the industry after graduation. As working in a sports tech startup, I'm grateful to work with some big industry leaders such as NBA.
CC : I majored in mechanical engineering, and then I found out what I have a passion for in mechanical engineering is actually overlapped with industrial design. Therefore, I made a turn to this design industry, and I really enjoy it.
CC : I found myself really focus on the feasibility, details, and how users would interact with the product. I really enjoy making physical prototypes while designing, but also feel satisfied when a computer-aided design model or rendering is finished.
CC : I usually feel excited when starting a new project, pretty much like exploring an unknown area. Overall, the moment that a prototype is proved to work is my favorite part when designing. I think designing help fulfill my curiosity and provide feeling of achievement once a project is finished.
CC : I would say the experience of being trained in mechanical engineering supports me to understand the foundation of manufacturing. This helps a lot in communicating both the concept and production sides, and faster and smoother the whole process, also lowering the cost.
CC : I'm at the beginning of my design career path, so still thinking about the possibility. Overall, I would like to be remembered as a thoughtful designer who makes collaborators feel comfortable to work with and the process be as smooth as possible. In the future, I want to finish a successful consumer electronics project well-finished in details and a piece of furniture.
CC : I am also one of the young designers, not having lots of experience yet. However, what I have learned from my professors and colleagues is to stay curious and keep improving myself. Even just a tiny bit of progress a day can make tremendous change in the long term.
CC : I'm too young to provide valuable opinions, but I like one quote from Pratt founder Charles Pratt, "Be true to your work and your work will be true to you."
CC : I like waking up a bit early in the morning and going to gym before work. I believe exercising can energize my brain and generate more creative thoughts. Having a short walk between work can motivate me back to focus on projects.
CC : I would browse news and articles from various design social media. Understanding the trend can be helpful for inputting new concepts into my head and become an inspiration.
CC : I would focus on how well the details are finished and the feasibility of a project. Finding a balance between concept and manufacturing limits is something I would like to evaluate.
CC : I believe there is always a way to improve designs. As time passing, some concepts and inspiration can ferment from the initial design.
CC : So far, I don't have a super huge design work yet, but I'm developing an NDA project right now and I think it's pretty groundbreaking.
CC : It's Thomas Heatherwick. He is the one that inspired me to change my field to design, and let me know that what I learned in mechanical engineering can be helpful while pursuing design.
CC : I'm a Taiwanese now based in Brooklyn, New York. I think the difference between East and West does bring me a unique perspective to understand designs. With the design mind, I would be able to appreciate tiny but thoughtful details in life, and encourage myself to bring the same feeling in my projects.
CC : I'm now working with a sports tech startup. I think it is very important that people are encouraged to express their thoughts and cultivate an environment of friendly communication.
CC : So far as a recent graduate working within a year, I think I haven't done any contributions to society, but that's definitely one of my goals as I grow and gain more experience.
CC : I think the A' Design Award provides a huge opportunity to expose awarded designers and designs. That's very helpful for new designers to catch attention and have potential collaborations, also conveying their thoughts more thoroughly.Chi-Hao Chiang Profile
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