Editor Frank Scott (FS) from DesignPRWire has interviewed designer Andy Tan (AT) for A’ Design Awards and Competition. You can access the full profile of Andy Tan by clicking here.
Interview with Andy Tan at Sunday 13th of April 2014
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?
AT: I were born in a design background family. During my early stage in life, I had notice that education is never been easy for me as a low grade student in school. When it comes to Art and Design, i were considered by others that i am gifted in it. That is when I chosen this path at the age of 15, to carry on this dream to become a successful designer.
FS: Can you tell us more about your company / design studio?
AT: This company does not come easy at first. Funding the set up and exposing my talent to public has never been simple. After years of practiced in a small design firm, I decided to start up myself and ready to gain more public exposure. This company will focus a lot on concept and innovation.
FS: What is "design" for you?
AT: Design is everything and anything in our daily life. "Design is not what we can create in modern era, it is something we improvised better from the last".
FS: What kinds of works do you like designing most?
AT: Interior space.
FS: What is your most favorite design, could you please tell more about it?
AT: Philippe Starck works. His invention and ideas inspire many people in the world includes me.
FS: What was the first thing you designed for a company?
AT: A trademark clock.
FS: What is your favorite material / platform / technology?
AT: Metal pipes and recycled woods
FS: When do you feel the most creative?
AT: i not quite sure about this.
FS: Which aspects of a design do you focus more during designing?
AT: The finished outlook and final details
FS: What kind of emotions do you feel when you design?
AT: Emotionless. I always clear my mind when i designing.
FS: What kind of emotions do you feel when your designs are realized?
AT: A sense of achievement and satisfaction
FS: What makes a design successful?
AT: When the finished work satisfy the client. Seeing their joy on thier face when they move into the space.
FS: When judging a design as good or bad, which aspects do you consider first?
AT: The planning and intention of the concept.
FS: From your point of view, what are the responsibilities of a designer for society and environment?
AT: They are the keys to a better living.
FS: How do you think the "design field" is evolving? What is the future of design?
AT: The future is to see the past. Never forget and take things for granted.
FS: When was your last exhibition and where was it? And when do you want to hold your next exhibition?
AT: none yet.
FS: Where does the design inspiration for your works come from? How do you feed your creativity? What are your sources of inspirations?
AT: I always seek inspiration from the every simple things in life. Always ask a thousand questions on how to improvise better from the last concept, it helps to brainstorm my 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?
AT: My design style mainly daring and wild. I will like to carry this ideas because it just give myself the originality. create something out from nothing. Most of the idea and concept has to be "Do-It-yourself".
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?
AT: Singapore. The heritage does affect my creation. I been there long enough to see the changes from past to modern. The cons is when you create something relates to the past, they will feel that you are outdated and not improving like others. The pros is that when you create something that nobody wants to create, you become special and unique.
FS: How do you work with companies?
AT: I direct in the design and offer my knowledge to the others.
FS: What are your suggestions to companies for working with a designer? How can companies select a good designer?
AT: A good designer does not comes easy. Do not judge till you given a chance to whom it might concern. Early judgement will "kills" a potential good designer.
FS: Could you please share some pearls of wisdom for young designers? What are your suggestions to young, up and coming designers?
AT: Dare to dream.
FS: From your perspective, what would you say are some positives and negatives of being a designer?
AT: Positive: you will gain sense of achievement and satisfaction. Negative: you will give up a lot of your personal time.
FS: What is your "golden rule" in design?
AT: Never forget the small details.
FS: What skills are most important for a designer?
AT: Techniques and character.
FS: Which tools do you use during design? What is inside your toolbox? Such as software, application, hardware, books, sources of inspiration etc.?
AT: Drawing tools. Pencils and ruler
FS: Designing can sometimes be a really time consuming task, how do you manage your time?
AT: when comes to a time when i needed a rest. i will give myself a break before carry on.
FS: How long does it take to design an object from beginning to end?
FS: What is the most frequently asked question to you, as a designer?
AT: How old are you?
FS: Who are some of your clients?
AT: Young married couples and a few millionaires
FS: What type of design work do you enjoy the most and why?
AT: The designing process. when anything and everything is possible.
FS: What are your future plans? What is next for you?
AT: To be recognize internationally and will take part in more competition.
FS: Do you work as a team, or do you develop your designs yourself?
AT: done solely by myself.
FS: Do you have any works-in-progress being designed that you would like to talk about?
AT: not at the moment.
FS: How can people contact you?
AT: i can be contact through my website: www.the80studio.com or email: email@example.com
FS: Any other things you would like to cover that have not been covered in these questions?
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