Design Legends ("DL") had the distinct honour to interview legendary designer Yingjie Lin Yuanyuan Zhang ("YLYZ") 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.

DL: Could you please tell us a bit about your design background and education?

YLYZ : I graduated from Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts in 2009, master's degree

DL: What motivates you to design in general, why did you become a designer?

YLYZ : Design is not only my life, but also my interest. I can't live without design

DL: Did you choose to become a designer, or you were forced to become one?

YLYZ : My dream is to be a designer

DL: What do you design, what type of designs do you wish to design more of?

YLYZ : I'm a space designer, and I hope to have more interdisciplinary project design

DL: What should young designers do to become a design legend like you?

YLYZ : Effort and persistence

DL: What distinguishes between a good designer and a great designer?

YLYZ : Continuous innovation

DL: What makes a good design a really good design, how do you evaluate good design?

YLYZ : More appropriate design

DL: What is the value of good design? Why should everyone invest in good design?

YLYZ : Bring value and pleasure

DL: What would you design and who would you design for if you had the time?

YLYZ : I want to build the best house for my parents

DL: What is the dream project you haven’t yet had time to realize?

YLYZ : Build the best house for your parents

DL: What is your secret recipe of success in design, what is your secret ingredient?

YLYZ : Make others and yourself happy

DL: Who are some other design masters and legends you get inspired from?

YLYZ : My parents

DL: What are your favorite designs by other designers, why do you like them?

YLYZ : Japanese architect Kengo Kuma, a bold and Creative Architect

DL: What is your greatest design, which aspects of that design makes you think it is great?

YLYZ : Cross technology design projects, which can let different teams and different thinking to create creative sparks

DL: How could people improve themselves to be better designers, what did you do?

YLYZ : Keep learning

DL: If you hadn’t become a designer, what would you have done?

YLYZ : cook

DL: How do you define design, what is design for you?

YLYZ : design is to use creative thinking to realize people's desire for life.

DL: Who helped you to reach these heights, who was your biggest supporter?

YLYZ : High quality customers.

DL: What helped you to become a great designer?

YLYZ : Keep learning

DL: What were the obstacles you faced before becoming a design master?

YLYZ : How to establish their own professional knowledge structure.

DL: How do you think designers should present their work?

YLYZ : Establish their own communication platform and join high-quality media platform.

DL: What’s your next design project, what should we expect from you in future?

YLYZ : An idyllic village that uses art to change life.

DL: What’s your ultimate goal as a designer?

YLYZ : To be friends for life

DL: What people expect from an esteemed designer such as yourself?

YLYZ : Build more space with surprises

DL: How does design help create a better society?

YLYZ : People oriented, starting from the needs of the times

DL: What are you currently working on that you are especially excited about?

YLYZ : Making a multi-functional library design in the countryside

DL: Which design projects gave you the most satisfaction, why?

YLYZ : Works that can relatively perfectly present design thinking

DL: What would you like to see changed in design industry in the coming years?

YLYZ : Interdisciplinary design gradually becomes normal

DL: Where do you think the design field is headed next?

YLYZ : An era of both intellectualization and humanization

DL: How long does it take you to finalize a design project?

YLYZ : One month to one year

DL: When you have a new design project, where do you start?

YLYZ : What is demand?

DL: What is your life motto as a designer?

YLYZ : Follow your own ideas

DL: Do you think design sets the trends or trends set the designs?

YLYZ : Design decision trend

DL: What is the role of technology when you design?

YLYZ : Better unlimited access to ideas and new surprises

DL: What kind of design software and equipment do you use in your work?

YLYZ : PPT and sketchUp

DL: What is the role of the color, materials and ambient in design?

YLYZ : They are the conditions and characters for the establishment of the project.

DL: What do you wish people to ask about your design?

YLYZ : Does it suit me?

DL: When you see a new great design or product what comes into your mind?

YLYZ : Why can it be like this?

DL: Who is your ideal design partner? Do you believe in co-design?

YLYZ : People with common design ideas,I believe in collaborative design.

DL: Which people you interacted had the most influence on your design?

YLYZ : Interprofessional team

DL: Which books you read had the most effect on your design?

YLYZ : China masterpiece Dream of Red Mansions

DL: How did you develop your skills as a master designer?

YLYZ : Find creative thinking different from other designers.

DL: Irrelative of time and space, who you would want to meet, talk and discuss with?

YLYZ : Why didn't you spend more time traveling when talking to the University.

DL: How do you feel about all the awards and recognition you had, is it hard to be famous?

YLYZ : Achievements need to be different from ordinary people's creativity and efforts. These are the rewards that need to be paid.

DL: What is your favorite color, place, food, season, thing and brand?

YLYZ : Black, Italian, rice, autumn, Chinese Song Dynasty artifacts, Nike

DL: Please tell us a little memoir, a funny thing you had experienced as a designer?

YLYZ : Because the concept of design changes the development path of a city center.

DL: What makes your day great as a designer, how do you motivate yourself?

YLYZ : Design as a friend of life

DL: When you were a little child, was it obvious that you would become a great designer?

YLYZ : No, people around me and myself think I'm going to be an artist.

DL: What do you think about future; what do you see will happen in thousand years from now?

YLYZ : According to the current human development speed, I dare not think about the future, or even the future of 1000 years. I hope that designers at that time will not be so busy as we are now.

DL: Please tell us anything you wish your fans to know about you, your design and anything else?

YLYZ : I hope that fans can pay attention to our updated architectural works in the future from now on.


Dachuan Lane Art Installation Public Art Space

Dachuan Lane Art Installation Public Art Space by Yingjie Lin Yuanyuan Zhang

Dongmen Wharf Wharf Renovation

Dongmen Wharf Wharf Renovation by Yingjie Lin Yuanyuan Zhang

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