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Interview with Alex T Schulz

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Editor Frank Scott (FS) from DesignPRWire has interviewed designer Alex T Schulz (AS) for A’ Design Awards and Competition. You can access the full profile of Alex T Schulz by clicking here.

Interview with Alex T Schulz at Thursday 20th of October 2016
Alex T Schulz
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?
AS: I am an trained architect but since my studies I have started leaving the classic architectural path. Taking part in design competitions did it for me. Also a workshop at the SPD Milano helped me focus on design.

FS: Can you tell us more about your company / design studio?
AS: I work alone, its my own journey. Of course I collaborate, but it is no team office.

FS: What is "design" for you?
AS: Design is actually a means to make people`s lives better.

FS: What kinds of works do you like designing most?
AS: Mostly I like designing things that I feel that they have a kind of novelty or tell a story. If that gets transmitted to other people, its is

FS: What is your most favorite design, could you please tell more about it?
AS: Mesoglea is my most favored so far, its intricate and came out nice. It tells a story and simultaneously has a function.

FS: What was the first thing you designed for a company?
AS: Did design some interiors, but no product for a company yet, so i hope it rings a bell to someone somewhere...

FS: What is your favorite material / platform / technology?
AS: All materials can give u something. My favored ist still 3d printing though. Its a new technology and design should not be stuck in the past.

FS: When do you feel the most creative?
AS: When I don`t have to be creative. That initial spark is always that mystery, a process seemingly controlled by the subconscious. What follows till finish is work.

FS: Which aspects of a design do you focus more during designing?
AS: I think of the emotional and functional value.

FS: What kind of emotions do you feel when you design?
AS: Excitement when a new idea pops in mind.

FS: What kind of emotions do you feel when your designs are realized?
AS: Eventually a bit proud but also scepticism.

FS: What makes a design successful?
AS: Thats hard to say. Define success. I consider every task a challenge to myself and i Fell happy when its awarded in some form.

FS: When judging a design as good or bad, which aspects do you consider first?
AS: There is always a whole sum of factors: form by means of functionality, ergonomics and emotion, idea in terms of novelty, material in terms of sustainability, context in terms of socio- cultural, production process in terms of feasibility, ecology and the list goes on... all these factors should sum up to something, making a strong poin

FS: From your point of view, what are the responsibilities of a designer for society and environment?
AS: Designers have a responsibilty, as I mentioned with design having the power to shape for the better.

FS: How do you think the "design field" is evolving? What is the future of design?
AS: I would like to see the design evolving based on new technology, be a bit more couraged, not stuck in citing the past again and again.

FS: When was your last exhibition and where was it? And when do you want to hold your next exhibition?
AS: Actually the ones that were related to the A`Design Award. I would like to add some work to my portfolio first before planning a new exhibition.

FS: Where does the design inspiration for your works come from? How do you feed your creativity? What are your sources of inspirations?
AS: If i knew, its mostly subconscious, of course i have preferencies and fields of interests, but most important are tasks.

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?
AS: I try to make something appealing, elegant.

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?
AS: I live near Cologne Germany. I guess not, Im not really "Deutsche Sachlichkeit".

FS: How do you work with companies?
AS: Until now, i tried to fulfill their tasks, its always a dialogue. I believe that a designer of any kind should not resent t o the mentality of "this is my design, take it or leave it" It is a process.

FS: What are your suggestions to companies for working with a designer? How can companies select a good designer?
AS: I guess companies should explore more. Many rely on names or magazines. Looking into competitions would be a start.

FS: Can you talk a little about your design process?
AS: It starts with an an idea. I use work models and computer designs to test. Also discussing with other, testing on other opinions.

FS: What are 5 of your favorite design items at home?
AS: My Eames Chair, my Panton Chair, my computer, my fan, my dumbbells.

FS: Can you describe a day in your life?
AS: Basically, eat, work, train sleep. When there is much to do, its less sleep.

FS: Could you please share some pearls of wisdom for young designers? What are your suggestions to young, up and coming designers?
AS: Compete, compete, compete. There si no better training than training part in competition. It also help to shape your persona as a designer.

FS: From your perspective, what would you say are some positives and negatives of being a designer?
AS: Creativity is the big deal. Uncertainty is the harder stuff.

FS: What is your "golden rule" in design?
AS: It must make sense in the end.

FS: What skills are most important for a designer?
AS: Curiosity.

FS: Which tools do you use during design? What is inside your toolbox? Such as software, application, hardware, books, sources of inspiration etc.?
AS: Computer and a workshop for model builders.

FS: Designing can sometimes be a really time consuming task, how do you manage your time?
AS: Well you always try to cope. There is no secret.

FS: How long does it take to design an object from beginning to end?
AS: It always depends on the task. "Smaller" does not mean always less time intensive.

FS: What is the most frequently asked question to you, as a designer?
AS: "Is that still design what you are doing?"

FS: What was your most important job experience?
AS: When one of my first works (a competition entry) was exposed in Milano Triennale.

FS: Who are some of your clients?
AS: I do not disclose, I would have to ask.

FS: What type of design work do you enjoy the most and why?
AS: Creating, new ideas.

FS: What are your future plans? What is next for you?
AS: Hopeing to get more exposure, looking forward to new projects, making more contacts with the industry.

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

FS: Do you have any works-in-progress being designed that you would like to talk about?
AS: I do not talk about ongoing projects. Bad omen there.

FS: How can people contact you?
AS: Through my website: www.alxschulzdesign.com

FS: Any other things you would like to cover that have not been covered in these questions?
AS: no, I feel drenched now ;-)


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

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