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Interview with Jia-Ru Lin

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Editor Frank Scott (FS) from DesignPRWire has interviewed designer Jia-Ru Lin (JL) for A’ Design Awards and Competition. You can access the full profile of Jia-Ru Lin by clicking here.

Interview with Jia-Ru Lin at Sunday 16th of April 2017
Jia-Ru Lin
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?
JL: I was always interested in art and design. After college, I was more certain to be a designer.

FS: Can you tell us more about your company / design studio?
JL: I focus more on packaging design, branding and communications design.

FS: What is "design" for you?
JL: Have good taste and be visually picky.

FS: What kinds of works do you like designing most?
JL: Conceptional, eco-friendly, and minimalist works.

FS: What is your most favorite design, could you please tell more about it?
JL: I like design that is conceptional and have a little humor.

FS: What was the first thing you designed for a company?
JL: Cosmetic packaging design.

FS: What is your favorite material / platform / technology?
JL: Eco-friendly materials.

FS: When do you feel the most creative?
JL: After getting a GOOD sleep.

FS: Which aspects of a design do you focus more during designing?
JL: Look GOOD at least.

FS: What kind of emotions do you feel when you design?
JL: Comfortable.

FS: What kind of emotions do you feel when your designs are realized?
JL: Appreciate and happy.

FS: What makes a design successful?
JL: When the designer is proud of his/her design.

FS: When judging a design as good or bad, which aspects do you consider first?
JL: The theme, purpose, and uniqueness.

FS: From your point of view, what are the responsibilities of a designer for society and environment?
JL: I think designers are problem solvers. Sometimes like a visual doctor too!

FS: How do you think the "design field" is evolving? What is the future of design?
JL: I think connecting with the environment, technology and humanity will be a trend for future designs.

FS: When was your last exhibition and where was it? And when do you want to hold your next exhibition?
JL: It was for graduate Thesis at Manhattan Center, New York.

FS: Where does the design inspiration for your works come from? How do you feed your creativity? What are your sources of inspirations?
JL: Everyday observations.

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?
JL: Minimalist style. I try to keep only the important elements in design and get rid of the unnecessaries.

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?
JL: I am from Taiwan but am currently living/working in New York.

FS: How do you work with companies?
JL: Do my best as a designer, and try to convince the best final design selection that I made to companies/clients.

FS: What are your suggestions to companies for working with a designer? How can companies select a good designer?
JL: You can have your opinion in design, but don't critique visuals(type, color, materials, etc) if you don't understand.

FS: Can you talk a little about your design process?
JL: I listen to what clients wants. Then sketch up based on my experience/intuition. Thirdly do research. Then design/revise/refine.

FS: What are 5 of your favorite design items at home?
JL: Cosmetic/skincare items, books, kitchen utensils, light, toys.

FS: Can you describe a day in your life?
JL: Work, eat, sleep and OTHER.

FS: Could you please share some pearls of wisdom for young designers? What are your suggestions to young, up and coming designers?
JL: Try to challenge yourself outside your comfort zone. Don't be afraid to experiment and make mistakes in design.

FS: From your perspective, what would you say are some positives and negatives of being a designer?
JL: Positive is that you'll always get inspired, negatives is that it's hard to satisfied by visual(because it's hard to get to perfect).

FS: What is your "golden rule" in design?
JL: Trust my instinct and taste.

FS: What skills are most important for a designer?
JL: Designer's taste and passion.

FS: Which tools do you use during design? What is inside your toolbox? Such as software, application, hardware, books, sources of inspiration etc.?
JL: Adobe Illustrator, Indesign, Photoshop.

FS: Designing can sometimes be a really time consuming task, how do you manage your time?
JL: Aim on what is the most important, and then target the minors.

FS: How long does it take to design an object from beginning to end?
JL: It depends on the scale and deadline. It can be from a week to a year!

FS: What is the most frequently asked question to you, as a designer?
JL: How did you come up with the idea?

FS: What was your most important job experience?
JL: At Baron&Baron, New York. I worked with amazing Art Directors and people there! It was a foundation of my design skills and taste.

FS: Who are some of your clients?
JL: I had worked on GUCCI, NARS, Revlon, and other fashion brands.

FS: What type of design work do you enjoy the most and why?
JL: Packaging Design. It's what I'm good at and passionate about.

FS: What are your future plans? What is next for you?
JL: Keep improving myself as a designer.

FS: Do you work as a team, or do you develop your designs yourself?
JL: As a team.

FS: Do you have any works-in-progress being designed that you would like to talk about?
JL: I am currently working on Tom Ford beauty project.

FS: How can people contact you?
JL: jiaru27@gmail.com


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

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