Design Legends ("DL") had the distinct honour to interview legendary designer Alex Liu ("AL") 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.
AL : I did not go to school to study art or design, but I've been in manufacturing for over 20 years. As a teenage during the 80's I got my first IBM PC and began to write code in DOS, although most of the knowledge I acquired was self taught but I learned to think both from macro perspective as well as to divide problems and to conquer them one small piece at a time, which later prove to be very important as we design products. My natural curiosity in knowing how things are made along with an interest in finding better ways to old solutions drove me to be more and more involve with products my company produces.
AL : I actually view myself as a businessman more than a designer. However there is certain lust in creating products, especially when it is something that hasn't been attempted.
AL : No, I get involve with design because it is relaxing for me. Working on product design takes me away from day to day business operations, which sometime can be very boring.
AL : I design mostly consumer products, however there is a part of me wanting to design products that could help those live in the developing world.
AL : First, I am no design legend; second, think out of the box and take chances; third, be ready to fall on your face, but get back up quickly.
AL : Trust your team and don't do it alone; Always connect dollar and cent to a design, the impact is minimal if you are the only one understand and appreciate your design.
AL : What is the impact of the design to the society? the really good design has a much larger impact and the market remembers it.
AL : Timeless, memorable, continuous revenue stream.
AL : Something that would solve the basic needs for people in the developing world.
AL : I have an idea for a new coffee maker unlike anything on the market, but I have enough works for the next 3 years.
AL : I have a great team
AL : FinaMill is my greatest design yet, it has the potential to change how everyone uses spice and how spice companies distribute spices around the world. For better or worse, FinaMill can become a game changer, and that is exciting for me to see how things will unfold.
AL : Expose yourself with history, cutting edge design, and everything in between, but don't reinvent the wheel.
AL : Stay focus with other aspect of my business.
AL : I appreciate those who design for better looks, finding the best color balance and perfect geometry is no easy task. I tend to focus on design for better functionalities. To me, design encompasses user interfaces, delivery system, functionalities and whole lot more into an object that suppose to change people's life for the better.
AL : I have great support team at work, but I reply more on my wife's market instinct.
AL : A'Design is a great platform to show their work.
AL : We plan to announce our next design in 2021, but we are unable to disclose what the design entail at this time.
AL : Market remembers your design.
AL : If a design improve the quality of life without creating new problem, then it helps create a better society
AL : We believe FinaMill will be a game changer in the spice market.
AL : Two to three years.
AL : Respect other designers before me, be original, think out of the box.
AL : This is a basic difference between good and great: great design set the trend.
AL : Admiration.
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