Marco Antonio Barba Sánchez

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About Marco Antonio Barba Sánchez

Marco Antonio Barba Sánchez is a passionate industrial designer. Which is always looking to create a solution to any social problem through a product, experience or any practical and smart solution. The design has led him to develop social projects in Mexico and abroad, as well as product development, packaging, furniture, etc. for large, small and medium enterprises. He also likes to be part of the manufacturing processes in order to innovate and renovate. Besides design, his passion is adventure (travel, camping, meeting people, cultures, landscapes, sports, etc.), Squash and . As a phrase in life, He believe that, Everything he do must have a positive impact.

  • Winner of Social Design Award.
  • Specialized in Social Design.
  • Original Design.
  • Creative, Diligent and Innovative.
  • All Designs
  • Social
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Interview with Marco Antonio Barba Sánchez

Could you please tell us more about your art and design background? What made you become an artist/designer? Have you always wanted to be a designer?
Design has always been my passion. since I was a child I was very impressed by the creative and engineering professions. and the games that I chose always had to do with it. And every day my taste for it increases because there is always something new to learn, people to know, cultures, sciences, words, mechanisms, history and many other things. I am an industrial designer and I am always looking to innovate, create and learn.
Can you tell us more about your company / design studio?
We are a design company specialized in cearning objects that have an impact through innovation. Design is not just something that looks good. It is something that is well.
What is "design" for you?
Design is not just something that looks good. It is something that is sterling.
What kinds of works do you like designing most?
I like to design products that make sense. that their concept is interesting and that they are not defined because I believe that innovation comes from the creation livertad based on a concept and an objective.
What is your most favorite design, could you please tell more about it?
Bermuda, Is a creative solution to a problem with high impact in society.
What is your favorite material / platform / technology?
I love all the processes of transformation from a raw material to a product and I do not have a preferred material because you always have to look for the best material for each project but the best material is the one that has the greatest positive impact, socially, visually, economically and environmentally.
What kind of emotions do you feel when you design?
feeling of freedom, of playing with my senses and my ideas, of doing something unique.
What makes a design successful?
good design makes your product a good product and a good product will always be bought and wanted.
When judging a design as good or bad, which aspects do you consider first?
A good design has many points to consider but it is more important that the user and those around him see it as the best product.
From your point of view, what are the responsibilities of a designer for society and environment?
Designers are responsible for creating solutions that not only benefit a person, but impact on society, the ecosystem and the end user. Always keep in mind that everything you do has an impact so there is always something positive to make of that impact.
How do you think the "design field" is evolving? What is the future of design?
I think the design is now on a phase where all is sustainable and eco friendly but I think that always it will be. From now I think the technological innovation could improve creation of objects and design solutions for the humanity and planet actual problems. starting by the megatrends for 2030
Where does the design inspiration for your works come from? How do you feed your creativity? What are your sources of inspirations?
the inspiration to design comes from nature, that's why I like to live in Merida. because I always have contact with nature and at the same time with society. but being in a natural environment, breathing fresh air, listening to the sounds of nature and that feeling of it translates into my in infinite creativity.
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 is quite simple, geometric and with lines that make a design friendly, interesting and visually appealing. More than a design style, each product that has to be developed has to be supported by previous research. so it's not just a style, it's a why. Although, despite this, it is easy to identify what I have developed if you know what I do.
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 live in Mérida, Yucatán. In Mexico. My country is full of criticism when it comes to solving needs. looking for alternatives that achieve what is required. Due to the lack of technological and monetary resources that may exist in the country, it has been possible to innovate and develop based on certain limitations that other First World countries do not have, so I think that my country has definitely influenced my design without being socially and culturally. a limitation, I think it is rather a great advantage.
How do you work with companies?
depending on the project and agreement is the way of working with the client. since participation in companies has been obtained for the development of products, a payment has been obtained and various agreements have been reached, depending on the client, conditions and the project.
What are your suggestions to companies for working with a designer? How can companies select a good designer?
I think they should be open to giving young entrepreneurs the opportunity to develop large projects. but in general, it is good to see what projects they have developed before and seeing how responsible and good they are at what they do.
Can you talk a little about your design process?
The design process is based on design thinking but adapted to our processes and also adapted to the type of project to be developed. Since we believe that there is not only one way to reach the goal, we previously analyzed how this development will be achieved.
What are 5 of your favorite design items at home?
Eames chairs The furniture that I have designed The lamps that I have designed for my house My pininfarina design pen And my computer
Can you describe a day in your life?
All my days are very different. always learning from people for the development of new projects. In addition to squash, being in touch with nature and living with friends. I believe that life should be balanced but always doing what you love.
Could you please share some pearls of wisdom for young designers? What are your suggestions to young, up and coming designers?
Don't fear anything, just fear to say I can't. Because you will probably achieve it. Remember that challenges feed creativity.
From your perspective, what would you say are some positives and negatives of being a designer?
Everything in life you should see positive. because many of the barriers you put them on. Not everything is easy but almost everything is possible. so define your goals and work for them. Sky is not the limit.
Which tools do you use during design? What is inside your toolbox? Such as software, application, hardware, books, sources of inspiration etc.?
The best tools of an industrial designer are books of many things that are not design. because begin of that could develop a product with a base. then the other tools are high technological softwares and solutions to develop design projects and the art and nature are the best inspiration i could have.
Designing can sometimes be a really time consuming task, how do you manage your time?
Design takes a lot of time if you do not have defined where you want to direct your design becomes more complicated. but by defining the scope, the client and the budget it is faster to achieve design development. unless the process involves a very large investigation.
How long does it take to design an object from beginning to end?
The time depends on the type of project to be developed and the development team involved. But due to our method of work and development we can achieve shorter times thanks to collaborations with professionals.
What was your most important job experience?
The development of projects from different areas for important brands of various items such as Moon palace, Habanos, Porsche Mexico, etc.
What type of design work do you enjoy the most and why?
The design projects I enjoy most are those where there is creative freedom and where the scope of the project may be greater. and in general where the project represents a challenge. because in each challenge there is a very great learning and because of that you grow as a person and as a designer.
What are your future plans? What is next for you?
The following is to expand the work team to develop increasingly larger projects and to make a multidisciplinary and multicultural team in order to achieve more impact when developing projects.
Do you work as a team, or do you develop your designs yourself?
Currently the projects that I develop personally in my company or in collaboration with recognized professionals.
Do you have any works-in-progress being designed that you would like to talk about?
We are currently working on a very interesting project based on the development of a new material and its applications in industrial design. In addition to the development of new products and furniture for airbnbs, design houses and boutique hotels.
How can people contact you?
https://www.instagram.com/marco_barba/ or at marco.barba93@gmail.com www.marcobarbadesign.com

Extended Interview with Marco Antonio Barba Sánchez

Could you please tell us a bit about your design background and education?
Design has always been my passion. since I was a child I was very impressed by the creative and engineering professions. and the games that I chose always had to do with it. And every day my taste for it increases because there is always something new to learn, people to know, cultures, sciences, words, mechanisms, history and many other things. I am an industrial designer and I am always looking to innovate, create and learn.
What motivates you to design in general, why did you become a designer?
because there is always something new to learn, people to know, cultures, sciences, words, mechanisms, history and many other things. I am an industrial designer and I am always looking to innovate, create and learn.
What do you design, what type of designs do you wish to design more of?
I like to design products that make sense. that their concept is interesting and that they are not defined because I believe that innovation comes from the creation livertad based on a concept and an objective.
What should young designers do to become a design legend like you?
Do not be afraid to face projects. Everything is possible and in all the projects there will be an apprenticeship.
What makes a good design a really good design, how do you evaluate good design?
A good design has many points to consider but it is more important that the user and those around him see it as the best product.
What is the value of good design? Why should everyone invest in good design?
Because good design makes your product a good product and a good product will always be bought and wanted.
What would you design and who would you design for if you had the time?
I would design a car for pininfarina design. I know that is one of the best design firms of the world but if i could colaborate with them, I certainly do.
How could people improve themselves to be better designers, what did you do?
knowing the world and culture makes you a better designer. because the design I think is based on people and planet.
How do you define design, what is design for you?
I think that design is the perfect combination between aesthetics and functionality. In order to comply with certain characteristics that satisfy the needs of the client and the user.
Who helped you to reach these heights, who was your biggest supporter?
My family, clients and mentors who have believed in me and have supported me in this way.
What helped you to become a great designer?
Discipline is the basis of any good professional. Besides, it's a skill that I have.
What were the obstacles you faced before becoming a design master?
I think the main obstacle for a creative in my country is that people do not have the culture to develop their products or projects by the hand of a professional in design. therefore, it has been a great challenge for me to reach customers.
What’s your next design project, what should we expect from you in future?
Now I am working on several projects but I think one of the most important is the development of a new material in which I am working together with two other professionals in design and chemistry.
What’s your ultimate goal as a designer?
Have more and bigger projects, and be a reference of design in Mexico and the world.
What people expect from an esteemed designer such as yourself?
That the projects carried out are of great impact and of the best quality.
How does design help create a better society?
By means of the design we can act positively in diverse sectors of the society to solve problems with objects or with the production of them. in the end always our products must have a good impact.
What are you currently working on that you are especially excited about?
I am working on two projects that especially I find very interesting and it is the development of more products related to bermuda and the development of a new eco material for new projects that are on the way.
Which design projects gave you the most satisfaction, why?
All the projects cause me a satisfaction, especially when they have a positive impact on the lives of many people or on the environment.
What would you like to see changed in design industry in the coming years?
Stop making disposable and changing products continuously. Maybe I would bet on modular design and upgrades. so that all things can have a longer life in order for things to last so they have to last with important technological updates without having the disposable objects that now dominate the market.
Where do you think the design field is headed next?
towards the user experience with a positive impact on society, the environment, etc. In addition to new technologies and what is personalized or unique.
How long does it take you to finalize a design project?
The time depends on the type of project to be developed and the development team involved. But due to our method of work and development we can achieve shorter times thanks to collaborations with professionals
When you have a new design project, where do you start?
I begin by knowing what exactly the client is looking for or what is the problem to solve. so that it can investigate and define what the client really needs.
What is your life motto as a designer?
As a designer and as a person, is that everything you do, do it well. And with good I mean many things, like in development, in execution, in its impact, in its use, in everything.
Do you think design sets the trends or trends set the designs?
I think a bit of both. because aesthetic tendencies are imposed by design but development trends, social, economic, ecological, etc. they are the ones that influence the design.
What is the role of technology when you design?
Technology plays a very important role in the development of the project, in its production and in the project as a product. As a designer you always have to be aware of everything new that exists and what is to come to always achieve the best.
What is the role of the color, materials and ambient in design?
The color, materials and the environment are very important elements in the design because if they do not match the product will not be very good and if these together do not match the profile of the user or client because this product will not even be sold.
What do you wish people to ask about your design?
I would like people understand my design without asking and from that any question will be very good.
When you see a new great design or product what comes into your mind?
I analyze why it is a good design and how it was achieved that result to learn from that.
Who is your ideal design partner? Do you believe in co-design?
Anyone who complements me is a great collaboration because of those collaborations I have learned a lot and I have achieved great results. I firmly believe in it.
Which people you interacted had the most influence on your design?
All the people when I know them a little more leave a mark on me and I learn a lot from them. I think that all those who have taught me something have infused my way of thinking and creating.
How do you feel about all the awards and recognition you had, is it hard to be famous?
I feel very proud to fulfill a goal of life more and that I am doing well. Well it's not hard because it's a good reputation
What is your favorite color, place, food, season, thing and brand?
Red, Nature places, All the food (I'm food lover), Summer, Pininfarina design
Please tell us a little memoir, a funny thing you had experienced as a designer?
It is always amazing to talk with people and know about their cultures and from there I realized that people need to be listened to and when you understand who they are, people are amazing with you. It happened to me a lot with the fishermen from the Yucatan region who are incredibly generous.
What makes your day great as a designer, how do you motivate yourself?
That the people I work with are happy and that the clients recognize my work and are happy with it.
What do you think about future; what do you see will happen in thousand years from now?
I have faith that the world will be a better place and that the human will have greater awareness of everything.
Please tell us anything you wish your fans to know about you, your design and anything else?
That I would like to be able to listen to them, support them and collaborate. You can easily find me on Instagram like: @marco_barba and talk to me directly.

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