Design Legends ("DL") had the distinct honour to interview legendary designer Ridzert Ingenegeren ("RI") 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.
RI : At the Delft University of Technology, I earned a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Design Engineering and a master’s in Integrated Product Design.
RI : I enjoy using beautiful well thought out products, and would like to create products that invoke these feelings in other people. Furthermore, I feel the need to create something that lasts, and it is fulfilling to me to have tangible results of the work that I do.
RI : I chose to become a designer. The study of Industrial Design Engineering was the one that appealed most to me as it utilizes technology and creativity for creating tangible products. After I completed my studies, I was ready to go on and start creating products.
RI : I design many different types of products, for example I worked on train interior and exterior designs, but also on jewelry boxes and a sustainable travel coffee filter. I would love to design more sustainable products, every day carry objects and luxury items.
RI : Thank you for calling me that, that is very nice of you. Young designers could learn a lot from people that are already successful in the field. They could start working in a design team with senior designers or look for a mentor in the field.
RI : Great designers seem to treat their work like a part of their life instead of just another job.
RI : A really good design should be good on many levels, like esthetics, functionality, social impact and sustainability.
RI : Design is changing the world, good or bad, since all physical products require materials that are transformed into products. Good design takes this into account and could change the world for the better by choosing for the best options that are available. People should invest in it in order to improve social and environmental conditions around the globe.
RI : An airplane interior for KLM, hardware for Fujitsu and various product designs in partnership with Aman Resorts International.
RI : Next to the answer on the previous question, it would be to develop products for my own brand.
RI : Maybe I could tell it if you would ask me in a more personal setting, but otherwise I would like to keep if for myself, since it is part of my personal brand!
RI : Tapani Jokinen and Ross Lovegrove are among the living legends that I get inspired by.
RI : The firsts designs that come to mind are products form James Dyson and his company, because they create sleek designs that are radically different from their competitors.
RI : The greatest design that is not confidential is the FLTRgo, a travel coffee filter. It is is collapsible, has a simple shape, a bamboo frame and organic cotton filter, and can be used hundreds of times.
RI : Learn from experienced designers, because they know what they are talking about!
RI : If I hadn't become an industrial designer, I would have been an architect.
RI : Design is a way to strive for perfection to me.
RI : My biggest supporter is my lovely wife.
RI : Practicing day in and day out, and becoming obsessed with design.
RI : It seems that when you are looking for your own path, people tend to warn you to take the regular and safe path. It has helped me to go against the grain and to create my own path.
RI : I don't think there is one right way for designers to present their work. Go for it and try to perfect your presentation, one project at a time.
RI : At the moment I'm working on multiple exciting projects for an outdoor brand, for a no plastic brand, and for a luxury brand.
RI : To impact thousands of people in a positive way. To create a way for them to enrich and ease their lives.
RI : People expect me to solve problems and come up with new ideas.
RI : Design could create products that influence social and environmental conditions for the better, so that society as a whole is better off.
RI : A luxury product that is very durable and has an innovative structure that is different from its competitors.
RI : Projects that resulted in products that people use in their daily lives. When people use my products every day, I know that I have made an impact and hopefully improved someone’s life.
RI : I would like to see more transparency from brands and manufacturers towards consumers regarding the right choices for techniques, materials, and finishes for health and the environment. I think it would be fair to make the information available all the time.
RI : Towards a more sustainable future. Environmental regulations seem to become more strict in producing countries and end users are becoming more concerned about the environment.
RI : Every design project is unique, but I often finalize a design project in between three weeks and three months.
RI : I start with understanding the vision behind the product. I think it is really important to know what the client wants to achieve with the product and who will use it in order to be able to create the desired product.
RI : Enriching people's daily lives.
RI : I think it starts with leading product designs that become the example of what is modern, and they set the trends. The trends then set many other designs.
RI : Manufacturing technologies are very important when I design. I have to know the possibilities and restrictions of manufacturing since I design products for mass production.
RI : I use drawing software that allows me to create digital drawings and computer aided design software for creating 3D models that I can share with manufacturers.
RI : They play a major role in conveying a specific look and feel. Trends often dictate colors and materials that people use, but I think the best product designs stand the test of time and still look modern after decades.
RI : Questions about the story behind a design and questions that make me think of how to make the next design even better.
RI : I'm thinking: wow, what a great job! Ingenious solutions and fascinating shapes! Who designed this?
RI : My wife would be my ideal design partner, she completed a master’s in Psychology, she is intelligent and could deepen product designs with cognitive aspects of human-product interaction.
RI : Until now, the industrial designers at Designhaus p+m, a design studio in Berlin, had the most influence on my design. I started my career there and evolved from a graduate in Industrial Design into an industrial designer.
RI : Study books that I read about manufacturing had the most literal effect on my designs. Cradle to Cradle by William McDonough and Michael Braungart and Design for the Real World by Victor Papanek helped shaping my vision about product design.
RI : Studying, learning from professionals, and practicing a lot.
RI : I'd like to meet Eames and Eames and discuss their designs and what they think of their influence on current product design.
RI : Thank you for these nice words. I feel that winning multiple A' Design Awards stands for recognition of my work, and I am not sure what it would be like to be famous. In any case, it is not my goal to be famous, I would like to focus on enriching the lives of thousands of people by helping my clients with the creation of their products.
RI : In many cases, I would personally favor black instead of a color, however this really depends on the context. For example, many elements of home and office interiors that I prefer are white. My favorite place is Osaka, Japan at the moment and my favorite food originated there, Takoyaki. Summer is my favorite season and my favorite thing is freedom. Muji is one of my favorite brands with great designs by Naoto Fukasawa.
RI : One day, I was sketching with a fellow designer for a small electric city car with innovative motors. We felt that we needed some guidance in order to grasp the scale of the vehicle. We decided to take some photographs of each other that could support us in the sketching process. From the requirements and existing components that were already in place, we carefully measured at what height we would have to sit, where our feet had to be, where the steering wheel would be. We ended up sitting on buckets outside, it must have been a ridiculous sight, two grown man sitting on buckets and pretending to drive cars!
RI : It makes my day great to know that I can help create a more interesting world for many and that I have the chance to hone my skills day by day. I motivate myself by thinking of all interesting products that entrepreneurs and founders would like to realize. It is great to work together with people that are motivated about bringing their products to life as well!
RI : As a child, I created wooden and paper objects for fun. I often drew geometrical shapes and patterns. It was obvious that I had to do something creative and at best unconventional.
RI : A thousand years is an immensely long time, but on the other hand, basic issues and worries of human beings probably haven't changed too much since they started writing, and they will likely stay the same. Various developing nations will evolve and surpass developed countries in terms of sustainability and GDP. This might change the balance of power of the economies in the world. In a thousand years from now, we probably changed the way we fly and move ourselves and goods into more sustainable ways, and we would have cures for multiple diseases that are not available yet at the moment.
RI : You can review projects that I worked on at www.ridzert.com and if you want to get in touch, you can send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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