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Interview with Xiao Dong, Donna Liu

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Editor Frank Scott (FS) from DesignPRWire has interviewed designer Xiao Dong, Donna Liu (XL) for A’ Design Awards and Competition. You can access the full profile of Xiao Dong, Donna Liu by clicking here.

Interview with Xiao Dong, Donna Liu at Monday 18th of April 2016
Xiao Dong, Donna Liu
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?
XL: Being an elite designer/artist is my aim ever. When I enrolled the top university in China( major in ceramic design), my artistic life began. After that 4 years studies, I came to Hong Kong to study product design. And got masters' degree in 2005. After several years working, I created my own jewelry brand.

FS: Can you tell us more about your company / design studio?
XL: It is a Hong Kong designer brand company that was created on 2010. Our products are handmade gemstone jewelry with unique design. They are collected by Hong Kong Design Gallery from 2014, are shown in several shopping mall in Hong Kong.

FS: What is "design" for you?
XL: The quality of life. Make our life easy, comfortable, beauty and fun.

FS: What kinds of works do you like designing most?
XL: concept jewelry, inspirited products.

FS: What is your most favorite design, could you please tell more about it?
XL: The one considering users, the one can correct living way, make people live healthy and positively.

FS: What was the first thing you designed for a company?
XL: Some logo and packaging design.

FS: What is your favorite material / platform / technology?
XL: Gemstone, brass, patina colors, to make items in unique style, looks more philosophy.

FS: When do you feel the most creative?
XL: Anytime.

FS: Which aspects of a design do you focus more during designing?
XL: The using method, the color, the imagination of the looking.

FS: What kind of emotions do you feel when you design?
XL: Enjoyably and exciting.

FS: What kind of emotions do you feel when your designs are realized?
XL: Exciting.

FS: What makes a design successful?
XL: Make target customers happy.

FS: When judging a design as good or bad, which aspects do you consider first?
XL: Users.

FS: From your point of view, what are the responsibilities of a designer for society and environment?
XL: Designers should design products non pollute or reduce pollute. And create right thing to improve people's life.

FS: How do you think the "design field" is evolving? What is the future of design?
XL: The design is evolving depends on people 's living way.

FS: Where does the design inspiration for your works come from? How do you feed your creativity? What are your sources of inspirations?
XL: The colorful nature.

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?
XL: Lovely color, vintage style, kindle the imagination, philosophy deep, joy customers

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?
XL: Hong Kong. Hong Kong is a developed and international district that includes western and eastern lift style.

FS: How do you work with companies?
XL: I make design 3-4 season each years, and bring my products to attend jewelry trade fair globally.

FS: What are your suggestions to companies for working with a designer? How can companies select a good designer?
XL: The people should have passion on it.

FS: Can you talk a little about your design process?
XL: I always make theme first, think about the effect I want, and create products follow it.

FS: What are 5 of your favorite design items at home?
XL: Ceramic pot, ceramic vase, Sofa from Francfranc, my oil painting, my Chinese painting

FS: Can you describe a day in your life?
XL: work began on 8:00 Am, reply E-mails, work on orders, eat lunch, design or do research at afternoon.

FS: Could you please share some pearls of wisdom for young designers? What are your suggestions to young, up and coming designers?
XL: work with passion

FS: From your perspective, what would you say are some positives and negatives of being a designer?
XL: Fun, create beauty stuff.

FS: What is your "golden rule" in design?
XL: High quality

FS: What skills are most important for a designer?
XL: Aesthetic.

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

FS: Designing can sometimes be a really time consuming task, how do you manage your time?
XL: Make the task in ordering.

FS: How long does it take to design an object from beginning to end?
XL: one day to several months.

FS: Who are some of your clients?
XL: office ladies.

FS: What type of design work do you enjoy the most and why?
XL: The one can let customers happy.

FS: What are your future plans? What is next for you?
XL: attend more trade fair. Present products to global .

FS: Do you work as a team, or do you develop your designs yourself?
XL: I create design by my self.

FS: How can people contact you?
XL: info@farra-gem.com


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

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