We, as the Designer Interviews ("DI") had the distinct pleasure and opportunity to interview award-winning, most creative and innovative Duane, Dun Wei Lye ("DDWL").

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Designer Profile of Duane, Dun Wei Lye

Trained in Industrial Design while having a background in both Mechanical Engineering and Business, has allowed Duane to approach problems from a multi-faceted perspective. At heart, he is essentially an innovator, problem solver, entrepreneur and designer. An award-winning designer who has an insatiable thirst for challenges, he transforms ideas to reality while pushing concepts to new frontiers by generating innovative and aesthetically pleasing solutions which fundamentally centres around user experience and functionality. In SIMTech he bridges the gap between A*STAR’s patented cutting-edge technology and clients though the marketing and packaging of technologies into easily adoptable and convincing products.

Duane, Dun Wei Lye Designs

We are pleased to share with you original and innovative design work by Duane, Dun Wei Lye.


Eluminance Printed Lighting Barrier Tape

Duane, Dun Wei Lye Design - Eluminance Printed Lighting Barrier Tape


Aery UVC Air Disinfection System

Duane, Dun Wei Lye Design - Aery UVC Air Disinfection System

Designer Interview of Duane, Dun Wei Lye:

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?

DDWL : My passion for design started when I was 14 years old in secondary school. I was introduced to design through the Design and Technology module I took and aced it. This changed my life. From being bullied to someone who even the bullies look up to when they needed help in designing. Ever since then, I have never looked back.

DI: Can you tell us more about your company / design studio?

DDWL : Singapore Institute of Manufacturing Technology (SIMTech) is a research institute of the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR), which develops high value manufacturing technology and human capital to enhance the competitiveness of Singapore's manufacturing industry. SIMTech's research competencies encompass automation, system and process technologies and have completed projects for various companies in the electronics, semiconductor, precision engineering, medical technology, aerospace, automotive, marine, logistics and other sectors. Our Roles: - Boost the human capital base in Singapore through manpower development initiatives such as industry research collaborations and training programmes for industry. - Generate, apply and commercialise R&D, advanced manufacturing science and technology through creating intellectual capital to enhance local industries' competitiveness. - Enrich the industrial capital base from R&D collaborations outcome with the industry and the transfer of research results through technology training.

DI: What is "design" for you?

DDWL : Design is the harmonizing of timeless aesthetics and practical functionality through innovative solutions that changes the way we live for the better.

DI: What kinds of works do you like designing most?

DDWL : Nothing in particular, as I like to challenge myself to design various products. But i would like to try my hand at designing automobiles. To me, that seems the most challenging.

DI: What is your most favorite design, could you please tell more about it?

DDWL : My favorite design would be the BMW i8. Every boy's dream car would be one of the supercars from companies like Lamborghini, Ferrari, etc. Mine included. But having seen the BMW i8, I would say the design alone falls under the same league as these titans. Which is an amazing feat.

DI: What was the first thing you designed for a company?

DDWL : The first thing I designed for a company is a filtered water dispenser that delivers an experience like no other, for the luxury market in China. It pushes the boundaries of what a water dispenser looks like.

DI: What is your favorite material / platform / technology?

DDWL : I don't have a favourite material. I believe all materials are equal, it only depends on the designer to bring out its unique properties and make it shine.

DI: Which aspects of a design do you focus more during designing?

DDWL : The user experience, aesthetics and functionality. All are equally important.

DI: What kind of emotions do you feel when your designs are realized?

DDWL : To say the least, a sense of achievement to finally see your product being produced when it started out as a sketch. However, the epiphany moment is only realised when the product you designed changes someone's life for the better. The feeling is almost indescribable.

DI: What makes a design successful?

DDWL : The complete fusion of form and function that gives a profound and meaningful user experience.