Design Legends ("DL") had the distinct honour to interview legendary designer Li Chen Peng ("LCP") 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.
LCP : I majored in photography art when I was in college. After graduation, I became a professional photographer and then returned to the family business to participate in sculpture and art. Because my family has been engaged in sculpture for 45 years in Taiwan, it has indeed had many important influences on my creation in the field of design and art.
LCP : Design is a challenge to my imagination and creativity. In the design work, I learned how to pursue the realization of ideas. After I became a lighting and installation art designer, many pictures in my mind can be presented in real life, and exchange ideas with viewers, for me, this is a very meaningful thing.
LCP : No one can stop the world from being full of imagination, and when you choose to become a professional designer, you can turn your imagination into a force that will change the world. I ’m glad I chose to be a designer 20 years ago, and it also changed my life a lot.
LCP : I hope to pursue the way of designing narrative ideas, expressing emotions for human society in the works, especially in the application design of integrated media of light and modeling, which is the work I want to try further.
LCP : I must say modestly that I am not a truly legendary designer, but I believe that every designer who truly becomes a legend in the design world is full of discussion and dialogue of ideas in their works, and they all have very outstanding skills so that the appearance of the work can be achieved. I hope that young designers can also learn to improve professional skills and maintain a passion for design work until they realize their dreams.
LCP : I think the most difference part is "achieving" and "surpassing". Maybe achieving can complete the work, but I believe that surpassing can enhance the meaning of the design itself, this will be a worthy achievement for every designer.
LCP : Good design should be able to move people's hearts, and the end users should define the final achievements and values of the design and generate mutual responses. If it can be done, for me, I would say that this is definitely a good design work.
LCP : A good design can transcend the isolation of language, race and culture and become a common method of communication, this is very valuable! Investing in good design is equivalent to investing in an imagination without borders, seeing those wonderful things in the process of practice happen that will make people have a positive way of life.
LCP : I hope to devote myself to the design work of promoting Chinese traditional art, and hope that more people with the same background as me can get more benefits through my design.
LCP : Works in the water or works in the sky.
LCP : Self-thinking through design will become a successful design. Keeping a passion for everything in life will make successful design endless.
LCP : Japanese architect Tadao Ando. In his work, he created inspiration for the soul, just like what we see is not only the design itself, but also the power of design. He made me believe that good design can change the future of the world.
LCP : I recommend Taiwanese lighting designer Chih Liang Liu's "Coral Heart" lighting installation art work. This work presents moving visual effects in static display and dynamic lighting. It also has environmental protection concepts. I like it very much.
LCP : My best design work is the main lantern of the Taiwan Lantern Festival. It was not only one of the most representative works in the venue, but also conveys the meaning of the Chinese people ’s blessing for the new year, and brings the faith to moving people ’s hearts.
LCP : Endless learning. Before I became a designer, I kept learning to complete beautiful sculptures. Even after I became a lighting designer, I still didn't stop learning new knowledge, which made me have the courage to try many novel designs.
LCP : I will continue to work on sculpture to satisfy my infinite possibilities for imagination.
LCP : Design is a force that can change the history of human life. When a work can change the way people think about life, design has its meaning.
LCP : My family and my work partners, they are also the people who support me most in design work.
LCP : Belief in life and passion for design.
LCP : I must continually overturn the past me to create the future me.
LCP : Try to make the design work public, so that people can more easily see the design ideas.
LCP : I hope I can continue to challenge installation works that combine water dance and lighting, and tell the story of the land through the works.
LCP : Be the spokesperson of time.
LCP : They need me to create imagination that is difficult to express in words, and fulfill their desire for dreams.
LCP : Design can bring people closer, which is very much needed now.
LCP : I am participating in a design related to oceans and islands, it will be able to see the culture of ocean islands with lights.
LCP : The main lantern design of the Taiwan Lantern Festival, which has brought me closer to people and left people with wonderful memories after watching.
LCP : More cooperation. Especially the design of different characteristics, if it can create a win-win effect, I will be happy to see what happens.
LCP : I think the design field will generate more exotic cooperation and create greater business opportunities.
LCP : Not sure, but usually completes soon after the goal is clear.
LCP : Information gathering and understanding of the value of the work itself.
LCP : Stay passionate forever.
LCP : I think that design can change trends, and trends can create the development of design.
LCP : Technology is the method that supports design implementation and can also reduce the risk of failure.
LCP : Corel DRAW and Microsoft computer.
LCP : Color changes people's subjective consciousness of objects, materials produce tactile thinking, ambient can stimulate the feedback of ideas.
LCP : Original concept and production method, I will be happy to share.
LCP : This means that new concepts have been created.
LCP : Mike Hsieh is a design partner I have worked with for many years, he supports my ideals and enthusiasm for design. During the design work, I am very convinced of his assistance and inspiration.
LCP : My students in the school, as well as the young designers of our team, during the interaction with them, I was very often to learn how to update the concept of my design.
LCP : The Chinese Analects, western art history, historical novels, something like that, it taught me the importance of treating life well and cherishing life time.
LCP : Continuous thinking and repeated practice.
LCP : Sculptor and painter Dagas August.
LCP : Being able to win awards and recognition for a designer is a great honor, but to be famous is not an necessarily options.
LCP : My favorite color is black, my favorite place is the ocean, I like organic food, I like spring, I like family time, and my favorite design brand is Rolex.
LCP : I once encountered a snake that scared me when I was painting in the mountains, but because of the fear of it, I was more focused on the performance of the painting. Finally, I completed a satisfactory work that I might not create in this life.
LCP : Working with partners makes me happy to do design work, and they also needs me to lead them forward to tried some more possibilities, which makes me always full of motivation.
LCP : When I was a kid, I liked drawing very much. My parents told me that I was always curious about things around me in my childhood. I think a good designer should have such personality traits.
LCP : In the future, there will be more designs to change human life. After a thousand years, there may be no humans on the earth, but the design works will become important evidence for archaeology.
LCP : Yes, I will love to share information about myself to more people, no matter where they are.
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