Qiu Liwei

Professional in Street Furniture Design.

About Qiu Liwei

Southwest Jiao Tong University product design R&D center belongs to the Southwest Jiao Tong University Department.The R&D center has many design patents and it also provides design services for various companies such as SHU DU buses company. Southwest Jiao Tong University research aims to find many new energy systems and try to use it to design many new high technology products. Professor Huang Tao, our team's tutor, is a member of the German Industrial Design Association and of the American Association of Industrial Design. He got numerous awards such as the Red Dot Design Award( red-dot Supreme Award) , the IF Concept Design Award in Germany , the IDEA Industrial Design Award and lite-on Award to name a few.

  • Winner of 12 A' Design Awards.
  • 3-Time Winner of Street Furniture Design Award.
  • Specialized in Street Furniture Design.
  • 12 Featured Original Designs.
  • Highly Creative, Diligent and Innovative.
  • All Designs
  • Hardware
  • Lighting
  • Music
  • Building Components
  • Gift
  • Social
  • Street Furniture
  • Toy
  • Packaging
Right Angle Screwdriver

Right Angle Screwdriver

Hardware Design

The Combined Type LED Bamboo Lamp

The Combined Type LED Bamboo Lamp

Lighting Design

Urbeats tips Breathable

Urbeats tips Breathable

Music Design

Lawn Brick Recycled Rubber Powder

Lawn Brick Recycled Rubber Powder

Building Components Design

Recycled Concrete Building Wall Cladding

Recycled Concrete Building Wall Cladding

Building Components Design

Gyro Pencil

Gyro Pencil

Gift Design

B-Shape Concrete Public Seating

B-Shape Concrete Public Seating

Social Design

X shape Roadblock

X shape Roadblock

Street Furniture Design

Rattle drum Various voiced

Rattle drum Various voiced

Toy Design

Public seat L-shape concrete seat

Public seat L-shape concrete seat

Street Furniture Design

Safe Durian Net Bag

Safe Durian Net Bag

Packaging Design

Public seat Concrete colorful

Public seat Concrete colorful

Street Furniture Design


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Interview with Qiu Liwei

Can you tell us more about your company / design studio?
My design studio named Southwest Jiao Tong University product design R&D center. It belongs to the Southwest Jiao Tong University Department.The R&D center has many design patents and it also provides design services for various companies such as SHU DU buses company. Southwest Jiao Tong University research aims to find many new energy systems and try to use it to design many new high technology products. Professor Huang Tao, our team's tutor, is a member of the German Industrial Design Association and of the American Association of Industrial Design. He got numerous awards such as the Red Dot Design Award( red-dot Supreme Award) , the IF Concept Design Award in Germany , the IDEA Industrial Design Award and lite-on Award to name a few.
What is your most favorite design, could you please tell more about it?
Design works that can solve social problems and eco-environmental problems, and design works that can make contribution to human society.
Which aspects of a design do you focus more during designing?
Focus more on how to make design works into practice, and the feedback from society.
From your point of view, what are the responsibilities of a designer for society and environment?
To make contribution to human society, solve usual problems and change the way of people's life
When was your last exhibition and where was it? And when do you want to hold your next exhibition?
My last solo show was hold in Germany in 2000, I don't have a plan to hold another show right now.
Where does the design inspiration for your works come from? How do you feed your creativity? What are your sources of inspirations?
Keep on finding surrounding problems, try to find out the solution, and always keep the inspiration of design.
How would you describe your design style? What made you explore more this style and what are the main characteristics of your style? What's your approach to design?
My design style is keeping on thinking about problems, treat problems as the fundamental of design, and this can makes my design keeps a right direction.
Where do you live? Do you feel the cultural heritage of your country affects your designs? What are the pros and cons during designing as a result of living in your country?
I'm living in Chengdu, China, Chinese cultural heritage has influence on my design. The advantages of design in China is that there are a lot of entry points for design, this is because of the long cultural history of China, large population and excessively fast development of urbanization, the situation makes people have more ideas about design. On the other hand, the disadvantage is that the combination of design and market is not matured.
How do you work with companies?
The way we cooperate with enterprises are saling or renting intellectual property, and offering design service.
What are your suggestions to companies for working with a designer? How can companies select a good designer?
We need better teamwork and communication of thoughts, and keep on improving our design works through the process of discussion.
Can you talk a little about your design process?
To find new ideas from life, and continually explore and improve it, then consider every details and fix flaws, finally make the design to be a complete and effective work.
What are 5 of your favorite design items at home?
Automobile design, furniture design, graphic design, interior design.
From your perspective, what would you say are some positives and negatives of being a designer?
On the positive side, design can change the way of people's life, and offers a better direction. On the negative side, the development of design still has some disadvantages to some extent, it may has impact on culture while changing the life style.
Designing can sometimes be a really time consuming task, how do you manage your time?
To do the most difficult thing when I can concentrate my mind and energy most.
How long does it take to design an object from beginning to end?
This is depended on the complexity of design objective, so we don't have a steady period.
What is the most frequently asked question to you, as a designer?
The contradiction between putting a product into practice production and the shortage of industrial technique.
What was your most important job experience?
When I just graduated, I found that society and school are much different. The tough times of struggling at that time gave me much experience of practice.
What are your future plans? What is next for you?
We focus on the study of ecological and environmental problems, and solve them.
Do you have any works-in-progress being designed that you would like to talk about?
We are designing new-energy mini bus which will be appropriate for Chinese features and situation.

Extended Interview with Qiu Liwei

Could you please tell us a bit about your design background and education?
Gained master degree of Industrial Design at Aachen University of Applied Sciences.
What motivates you to design in general, why did you become a designer?
My design studio named Southwest Jiao Tong University product design R&D center. It belongs to the Southwest Jiao Tong University Department.The R&D center has many design patents and it also provides design services for various companies such as SHU DU buses company. Southwest Jiao Tong University research aims to find many new energy systems and try to use it to design many new high technology products. Professor Huang Tao, our team's tutor, is a member of the German Industrial Design Association and of the American Association of Industrial Design. He got numerous awards such as the Red Dot Design Award( red-dot Supreme Award) , the IF Concept Design Award in Germany , the IDEA Industrial Design Award and lite-on Award to name a few.
What should young designers do to become a design legend like you?
Design works that can solve social problems and eco-environmental problems, and design works that can make contribution to human society.
What would you design and who would you design for if you had the time?
Focus more on how to make design works into practice, and the feedback from society.
What is your greatest design, which aspects of that design makes you think it is great?
To make contribution to human society, solve usual problems and change the way of people's life
If you hadn’t become a designer, what would you have done?
My last solo show was hold in Germany in 2000, I don't have a plan to hold another show right now.
How do you define design, what is design for you?
Keep on finding surrounding problems, try to find out the solution, and always keep the inspiration of design.
Who helped you to reach these heights, who was your biggest supporter?
My design style is keeping on thinking about problems, treat problems as the fundamental of design, and this can makes my design keeps a right direction.
What helped you to become a great designer?
I'm living in Chengdu, China, Chinese cultural heritage has influence on my design. The advantages of design in China is that there are a lot of entry points for design, this is because of the long cultural history of China, large population and excessively fast development of urbanization, the situation makes people have more ideas about design. On the other hand, the disadvantage is that the combination of design and market is not matured.
What were the obstacles you faced before becoming a design master?
The way we cooperate with enterprises are saling or renting intellectual property, and offering design service.
How do you think designers should present their work?
We need better teamwork and communication of thoughts, and keep on improving our design works through the process of discussion.
What’s your next design project, what should we expect from you in future?
To find new ideas from life, and continually explore and improve it, then consider every details and fix flaws, finally make the design to be a complete and effective work.
What’s your ultimate goal as a designer?
Automobile design, furniture design, graphic design, interior design.
How does design help create a better society?
Design needs thinking, better ways should be found in life to improve design.
What are you currently working on that you are especially excited about?
On the positive side, design can change the way of people's life, and offers a better direction. On the negative side, the development of design still has some disadvantages to some extent, it may has impact on culture while changing the life style.
Where do you think the design field is headed next?
Computer, sketching board, pencils, and get inspiration from design magazines and daily life.
How long does it take you to finalize a design project?
To do the most difficult thing when I can concentrate my mind and energy most.
When you have a new design project, where do you start?
This is depended on the complexity of design objective, so we don't have a steady period.
What is your life motto as a designer?
The contradiction between putting a product into practice production and the shortage of industrial technique.
Do you think design sets the trends or trends set the designs?
When I just graduated, I found that society and school are much different. The tough times of struggling at that time gave me much experience of practice.
What is the role of the color, materials and ambient in design?
We focus on the study of ecological and environmental problems, and solve them.
When you see a new great design or product what comes into your mind?
We are designing new-energy mini bus which will be appropriate for Chinese features and situation.

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