Golden Pin x EightSix Interview series
The Taiwanese Golden Pin Design Award recently extended its remit to include other Asian and Chinese speaking countries for the first time in 2014. EightSix has teamed up with Golden Pin to interview some of these young and emerging designers.
EightSix caught up with the talented Chinese typographer, Cai Peng to have a short talk about his influences and the future of Chinese typography.Can you tell me about about yourself?
I was born in 1985 in Beijing. I studied both graphic design with a specialism in font design and graduated from the Beijing University of Technology in 2006. Since then I have been awarded the Annual Excellence Award of Tokyo Type Directors Club and have established my own lab/studio in 2013. Choi System Studio is my current focus, and we concentrate on graphic design, font design and research.
He Jianping is an award-winning graphic designer, professor and publisher. He studied graphic design at China Academy of Art (1991-1994) and Meisterschule of Fine Arts, Berlin University of Arts (1997-2001), before achieving a PhD in cultural history at Frei University, Berlin in 2011. He has taught at Berlin University of the Arts, Hong Kong Polytechnic University and China Academy of Art in Hangzhou, in addition to acting as a PhD supervisor for the latter. In 2002, He Jianping established his own design studio and publishing house called hesign, which is based in Berlin and Hangzhou. Design China recently spoke with the designer to discuss his journey to date.
Every once in a while, EightSix comes across a designer with a refreshing way of thinking about design, but whilst keeping their roots with China. A great example of this is Qiyun Deng from Foshan, who currently resides in Switzerland. We caught up with Qiyun to talk about her work and Chinese design.
Founded in 2011 by Hongchao Wang and Peng You, and based in New York City and London, Benwu Studio specialises in furniture, product and spatial design. The practice’s distinct work has left traces in homes, galleries and museums; the designers believe that “good conceptual thinking can be applied to anything, and new experiences can stimulate creativity. We immerse ourselves in all kinds of subjects…Inspired and refreshed, our dreams are made into reality through beautiful craftsmanship”. Design China caught up with the duo to uncover more.