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Interview with Chang Hee Lee

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Editor Frank Scott (FS) from DesignPRWire has interviewed designer Chang Hee Lee (CL) for A’ Design Awards and Competition. You can access the full profile of Chang Hee Lee by clicking here.

Interview with Chang Hee Lee at Wednesday 26th of March 2014
Chang Hee Lee
FS: Could you please tell us more about your art and design background? What made you become an artist/designer? Have you always wanted to be a designer?
CL: It's a complicated question.

FS: Can you tell us more about your company / design studio?
CL: I am currently working individual. (I don't like the term freelancer)

FS: What is "design" for you?
CL: Design is my habit.

FS: What kinds of works do you like designing most?
CL: I like to build any objects that I intend to.

FS: What is your most favorite design, could you please tell more about it?
CL: They all are my favorites as they all possess my perspective

FS: What was the first thing you designed for a company?
CL: A very silly looking stool, can't even imagine how hilarious it was.

FS: What is your favorite material / platform / technology?
CL: I love all the materials because I could smell their different characters I love all the platforms because they all give different tastes of insight. I love all the technologies because technology can be about everything.

FS: When do you feel the most creative?
CL: Everyday.

FS: Which aspects of a design do you focus more during designing?
CL: Everything.

FS: What kind of emotions do you feel when you design?
CL: I feel everything.

FS: What kind of emotions do you feel when your designs are realized?
CL: The moment when I finish my design is the moment when I get bored to that design.

FS: What makes a design successful?
CL: [no comment]

FS: When judging a design as good or bad, which aspects do you consider first?
CL: Depth of design practice, but the concept of depth can be absolutely broad. This question is hard to answer. And I don't answer to hard question.

FS: From your point of view, what are the responsibilities of a designer for society and environment?
CL: Very important question. I'll talk this more later.

FS: How do you think the "design field" is evolving? What is the future of design?
CL: I'll talk this later with the previous question as it needs time to think.

FS: When was your last exhibition and where was it? And when do you want to hold your next exhibition?
CL: It was last (2013) November at former BBC Headquarter. I would like to hold my next exhibition anytime except Jan 2015 as I already penciled one exhibition at Manchester.

FS: Where does the design inspiration for your works come from? How do you feed your creativity? What are your sources of inspirations?
CL: I just enjoy my everyday life and I think that is the best way to feed our creativity.

FS: How would you describe your design style? What made you explore more this style and what are the main characteristics of your style? What's your approach to design?
CL: I do not prefer to describe or explain my style or way I make things. My objects will talk better than me.

FS: Where do you live? Do you feel the cultural heritage of your country affects your designs? What are the pros and cons during designing as a result of living in your country?
CL: [No comment]

FS: How do you work with companies?
CL: [No comment]

FS: What are your suggestions to companies for working with a designer? How can companies select a good designer?
CL: Very easy. A company should first understand what they are up to. Most of companies do not understand what they are up to.

FS: Can you talk a little about your design process?
CL: I make lots of prototype. I mean lots!

FS: What are 5 of your favorite design items at home?
CL: Bowl, Bed, Toilet, Mirror etc.

FS: Can you describe a day in your life?
CL: [No comment]

FS: Could you please share some pearls of wisdom for young designers? What are your suggestions to young, up and coming designers?
CL: Copy others work as much as possible and one day you will find out who you are.

FS: From your perspective, what would you say are some positives and negatives of being a designer?
CL: [No comment]

FS: What is your "golden rule" in design?
CL: Every rule has an exception.

FS: What skills are most important for a designer?
CL: Everything is important

FS: Which tools do you use during design? What is inside your toolbox? Such as software, application, hardware, books, sources of inspiration etc.?
CL: [No comment]

FS: Designing can sometimes be a really time consuming task, how do you manage your time?
CL: I just do my best.

FS: How long does it take to design an object from beginning to end?
CL: It depends what kind object it is.

FS: What is the most frequently asked question to you, as a designer?
CL: What is design for you.. And I don't quite enjoy answering this type of questions.

FS: What was your most important job experience?
CL: [No comment]

FS: Who are some of your clients?
CL: [No comment]

FS: What type of design work do you enjoy the most and why?
CL: [No comment]

FS: What are your future plans? What is next for you?
CL: I will keep focus and build my next creation.

FS: Do you work as a team, or do you develop your designs yourself?
CL: I normally work alone, but I don't mind as a team.

FS: Do you have any works-in-progress being designed that you would like to talk about?
CL: Top secret haha

FS: How can people contact you?
CL: www.changheelee.com

FS: Any other things you would like to cover that have not been covered in these questions?
CL: Thank you for the interview you are so kind.


FS: Thank you for providing us with this opportunity to interview you.

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