We, as the Designer Interviews ("DI") had the distinct pleasure and opportunity to interview award-winning, most creative and innovative Jiani Zeng ("JZ").
Jiani Zeng is an award-winning designer that helps make the World a better place with their original and innovative creations and advanced design works.
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Designer Interview of Jiani Zeng:
DI: 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?
JZ : I'm an Industrial Designer by training and I went to MIT exploring design with the newest technology. More specifically, I want to explore design beyond current manufacturing methods, such as multi-material 3D printing, soft robotics and etc.
DI: Can you tell us more about your company / design studio?
JZ : My partner Honghao Deng and I started our design studio "Illusory Material" in 2019, research on creating "impossible" materials in a controlled manner, with computation and multi-material voxel printing. We envision a future where designers can manipulate the color, texture, and reflectivity of materials across time and different viewing angles.
DI: What is "design" for you?
JZ : Design is about exploring new opportunities beyond the limit of current manufacturing and materials, imagine freely, and create freely.
DI: What kinds of works do you like designing most?
JZ : 3D printed objects/artifacts; technology-driven products; AI & IoT product; new material-based product.
DI: What is your most favorite design, could you please tell more about it?
JZ : My recent project "illusory Material" - exploring "impossible material" with unique material expression using 3D multi-material printing.
DI: What was the first thing you designed for a company?
JZ : A cat litter box. https://www.jianizeng.com/furrytail
DI: What is your favorite material / platform / technology?
JZ : Currently, Stratasys J750.
DI: When do you feel the most creative?
JZ : Midnight! And when I'm desperate.
DI: Which aspects of a design do you focus more during designing?
JZ : Uniqueness. I want to be a designer who creates a new design domain/methodology.
DI: What kind of emotions do you feel when you design?
JZ : Desperate then relieving and thriving.
DI: What kind of emotions do you feel when your designs are realized?
JZ : Get ready for the next challenge.
DI: What makes a design successful?
JZ : It impacts at least one person, functionally or emotionally.
DI: When judging a design as good or bad, which aspects do you consider first?
JZ : Bad question. Not gonna answer it
DI: From your point of view, what are the responsibilities of a designer for society and environment?
JZ : Circular design.
DI: How do you think the "design field" is evolving? What is the future of design?
JZ : The future of design should not be fixed by design thinking or any fixed guidelines. Design is about user but also about designers themselves, be selfish and design freely.
DI: When was your last exhibition and where was it? And when do you want to hold your next exhibition?
JZ : Milan Design Week. The next one probably Dubai.
DI: Where does the design inspiration for your works come from? How do you feed your creativity? What are your sources of inspirations?
JZ : Technology review.
DI: 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?
JZ : I pay attention to new tech/material/digital fabrication.
DI: 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?
JZ : Now in the USA.
DI: How do you work with companies?
JZ : Treat them like a boss...
DI: Can you talk a little about your design process?
JZ : Not Design thinking bullshit for sure. I don't have one. I create and invent.
DI: Could you please share some pearls of wisdom for young designers? What are your suggestions to young, up and coming designers?
JZ : Learn to code!
DI: From your perspective, what would you say are some positives and negatives of being a designer?
JZ : Positive: if you like it, you will love your life. Neg: always desperate.
DI: What is your "golden rule" in design?
JZ : Be selfish. Your design should have your spirit.
DI: What skills are most important for a designer?
JZ : be smart, nothing more
DI: Which tools do you use during design? What is inside your toolbox? Such as software, application, hardware, books, sources of inspiration etc.?
JZ : Solidworks and Adobe suite.
DI: Designing can sometimes be a really time consuming task, how do you manage your time?
JZ : I can't manage my time.
DI: How long does it take to design an object from beginning to end?
JZ : It depends.
DI: What is the most frequently asked question to you, as a designer?
JZ : Can you help me design a logo?
DI: What was your most important job experience?
JZ : uhhh
DI: Who are some of your clients?
JZ : We need to sign an NDA first.
DI: What are your future plans? What is next for you?
JZ : Be the designer of a kind.
DI: Do you work as a team, or do you develop your designs yourself?
JZ : With my partner Honghao Deng.
DI: Do you have any works-in-progress being designed that you would like to talk about?
JZ : Confidential.
DI: How can people contact you?
JZ : https://www.jianizeng.com/
DI: Any other things you would like to cover that have not been covered in these questions?
JZ : No