Design Legends ("DL") had the distinct honour to interview legendary designer Henk-Jan Room ("HR") for their original perspective and innovative approach to design as well as their creative lifestyle, we are very pleased to share our interview with our distinguished readers.
HR : My background is in Industrial Product Design. I learned how to solve problems in an integral and pragmatic way. Over the years of having my own business I learned more about the creative process and way of thinking on a deeper and psychological level in order to solve problems in a unique and creative way. I call myself an Idea and Concept Designer. I focus on how to implement the digital world into the physical world (instead of the other way around).
HR : I always wanted to be an inventor. I want to create and making the world a better place to live.
HR : Choose
HR : I do design social and spatial concepts that bring people together in the real world. That is what I like to do the most! Always looking for a positive impact.
HR : Haha, thanks for the compliment! I think its important not only to react by means of working on client commissions but also invest in your own vision and ideas!
HR : A vision!
HR : A good design is functional and simple, addressing the right need behind the problem.
HR : A good design is integral and is not only solving problems but also creating new opportunities and adding value. Next to that it contains a businessmodel. A way to serve human needs and creating profits.
HR : Collaborate with the right people around me.
HR : One of my favourite is the ‘subway symphony’ of James Murphy, because with his project he makes the subway more attractive and social by only giving a new meaning of sound.
HR : Having a vision about the future. Looking for a deeper level behind problems
HR : Functional and serving.
HR : Businesspartners who also become friends of mine.
HR : Having a clear vision. Taking risks by focusing on my own ideas and bring them to the market.
HR : Being busy and having the wrong order of priorities.
HR : By making real contact and connecting with the people around them. You can’t sell your work without having a connection with your audience / clients.
HR : More interactive projects for public space, like the Interactive Bench.
HR : To working towards a future world we still can and wants to live in. Serving truly needs of humanity and using technology to serve these needs.
HR : Deep understanding of the thinks / subject a designer is working on.
HR : Creating new ways and possibilities for keeping the right balance between people, planet and profit.
HR : The Interactive Bench: A social bench that brings people together in the real world and enlarging safety on street.
HR : Social challenges I solve by putting it in a different context in order to come up with new concept proposals.
HR : Away from an efficiency-mindset whereby the focus is on mass production and cost reduction. Instead of that a stronger focus on a right balance of people-planet-profit, inspired by the lessons of nature.
HR : Everything and every discipline will melt together. Everything is more and more connected in one. The design industry will become important to every company and is a leading business that solves important contemporary problems and shaping the future that affects every life.
HR : Depending of the context..
HR : Thinking about the source of a need / problem.
HR : Connecting people in the real world. Encouraging real life interactions that leads to meaningful connections.
HR : It is all holistic. Everything is connected in one and everything is related to each other.
HR : Serve human needs. Always supportive instead of leading.
HR : Mostly Solidworks and Photoshop.
HR : Impact behavior and inviting the user to make use of the design.
HR : I should have designed that!
HR : Absolutely! Co-designing can also be done by working with non-designers who complement expertises I don’t have.
HR : Steven Covey – 7 habits of highly effective people. Design is a way of living. It describes how to live out of your core values and to build strong relationships and to create a balanced life. The book ‘Start with Why’ – Simon Sinek and ‘Simplicity’ – Edward de Bono are some of the many books that also affected me as a designer.
HR : By doing.
HR : Leonardo da vinci
HR : I'm very honoured and blessed. It also involves more responsibility to contribute to a better world.
HR : Too many little moments in interactions with businesspartners and other people around me.
HR : Working with the end in mind. Therefore vision is key. Starting the day with a clear focus by setting up the top 3 goals the day before.
HR : It was obvious to invent new things.
HR : A strange mix of technology and nature what is complementing to each other. A society that is way too efficient.
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