Jinyang Koo

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About Jinyang Koo

  • Winner of Furniture Design Award.
  • Specialized in Furniture Design.
  • Original Design.
  • Creative, Diligent and Innovative.
  • All Designs
  • Furniture
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Interview with Jinyang Koo

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?
I love to challenge myself and design different creatures. I am looking forward to taking good ideas from various fields, using them in different situations and always pursuing the fun of design.The reason I want to become a designer is because I would love to deliver happiness to people throughout my artwork and design. Since I was a high school student, I have discovered that I love to design.
Can you tell us more about your company / design studio?
wuui is a design studio that specializes in interior, graphic, cg and product, which also gathers people from many different countries. In our lives, we tend to change our lifestyle because of human and things around us. However, we can't always achieve it for many reasons, even though that is the lifestyle we want. Therefore, we hope that we could help you to see the results of achievement through our design. In the future, wuui will also have more people from different cultural backgrounds and customs join us to help people around the world through many ideas and contribute to the community. ​
What is "design" for you?
Design is to improve people's lives. You can experience it more differently, conveniently and efficiently.
What kinds of works do you like designing most?
I like to design many kinds of things. Especially Interior Design. I want to create a space that impresses people.
What is your most favorite design, could you please tell more about it?
My favorite design is about CG and Motion graphic design. I have many favorite designers and works. I like to see and enjoy their process and finished product. It inspire me very much.
What is your favorite material / platform / technology?
My favorite material is wood. Nature makes me feel more comfortable. platform is Pinterest. I got many ideas from there. Technology is 3D printer. You can create things and use it at anytime, in any place.
When do you feel the most creative?
I always watch some CG or motion graphic design video before I started doing design work. I get motivated and have good ideas after that.
Which aspects of a design do you focus more during designing?
No matter what the design is, I will pursue the details the most. It makes the whole design looks better. Even though no one notices it.
What makes a design successful?
Depends on how much time and hard work you spend on it. I will start by doing research and open to different opinions and feedback from the people around me. Information comes first before the design starts.
When judging a design as good or bad, which aspects do you consider first?
Every design should have a concept. I will like to focus on it first.
From your point of view, what are the responsibilities of a designer for society and environment?
Everything made in this world is related to design. The items made by designers are seen and used by many people. Therefore, designers should also consider whether it affects the people who use it and the environment when designing. The appearance of good things has a great impact on society.
How do you think the "design field" is evolving? What is the future of design?
Design in this era is very common. I think the future of designs are often unpredictable. I feel so excited about that.
When was your last exhibition and where was it? And when do you want to hold your next exhibition?
I had my last exhibition in 2017 at Japan Osaka. It was my first exhibition and I did it with other designers. I always want to have my next exhibition. I hope I can do it very soon in Italy.
Where does the design inspiration for your works come from? How do you feed your creativity? What are your sources of inspirations?
My design inspiration comes from several design platform. But I usually watch some CG tutorials or Motion Graphic Design videos on Youtube. I got a lot of good ideas from it.
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?
I would like to say my design style is clean and simple. There are several brands that made me explore more this style when I was a student. I love them so much. Such as Muji, Nendo, Ikea etc. Simple and basic are the best for me. I always start my design from it, and then I will add more details on it if needed.
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 was born in Malaysia, But I stay in Japan. Yes, I do feel the cultural heritage of Japan affects my design very much. For example Japanese style home. There are many overseas’ brand furniture and consumer electronics that can‘t be built and used because of the sizes or the rules set by the government. But there’s many kind of modern Japanese style nowadays, it allowed us to do more creative design on it.
How do you work with companies?
I had been working with several companies since my studio started. They usually offer me to do CG, Interior design and Graphic design works. Since working with a company may involve various departments, I sometimes get different jobs from different departments too. At that moment, I learned a lot of new things and was able to expand my horizons.
What are your suggestions to companies for working with a designer? How can companies select a good designer?
Working out with a designer I would suggest they focus on a specific field that will be able to improve project’s efficiency and quality. To select a good designer, besides looking at his ability. You can find out more about his Correspondence of work and personality.
Can you talk a little about your design process?
Example: Research > Sketch > Sketch meeting > Drawing software (Illustrator, Cad, C4D etc.) > Drawing meeting > Correction / Finish I usually have at least 2~3 meetings with my clients doing the smallest project like logo design. Big projects such as renovation need more.
What are 5 of your favorite design items at home?
Airpods v2, Playstation 4 controller, Apple watch 5, JBL speaker, Taiwan traditional rice cooker (Datung)
Can you describe a day in your life?
I start my day by waking up my daughter every day. She is my daily motivation. After that I start doing my work and having meetings with my clients. Sometimes I will go for exhibitions during the day time. I usually will end up my work around 6pm every day, and spend the rest of my time with my family.
Could you please share some pearls of wisdom for young designers? What are your suggestions to young, up and coming designers?
Design is not only good or bad, it considers how many people get affected and how long your design lasts for. Before evaluating it, make sure it has a strong and good concept. The concept is the main part of the design, and it’s very important. Besides the functions and ease of use, we should pay more attention to the concept.Try to find something to motivate you before thinking of new ideas, you will have better results with a good mood.
From your perspective, what would you say are some positives and negatives of being a designer?
Because of the culture, Designers are still not seen well in Asia countries and always get not understood with their work. But it is getting better and I think in the coming few years there will be more people paying more attention to it.
What skills are most important for a designer?
Never stop learning. It is the best and most important skill, it helps you to stay active in various fields. Besides, study and see more other designers’ experiences and their artworks. It will help us in developing our skills.
Which tools do you use during design? What is inside your toolbox? Such as software, application, hardware, books, sources of inspiration etc.?
I’m using Cinema 4D, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop, Vector works, After Effects etc. Nowadays I’m using Ipad pro for sketching and graphic design. I have many kinds of design books, but I usually have my inspiration from some Designer’s youtuber.
Designing can sometimes be a really time consuming task, how do you manage your time?
That’s true. I usually do all my work during the day time. If I can’t finish my task, I will rearrange my time table to finish it. I will definitely finish all my work before the deadline.
How long does it take to design an object from beginning to end?
It depends on what project. For Dond, It took 2 weeks from beginning to end. Beside design, I had to 3D print out and do multiple test combinations on it.
What was your most important job experience?
I had a very special project in my previous working studio. Is about to design a medical equipment. It tooks more than 6 months to finish everything. We had no idea about medical equipment, so it was very difficult for us to design, but it was a good experience. We learned how to work out with various manufacturers and how to combine different materials together etc.
What type of design work do you enjoy the most and why?
3D design. I love making 3D works such as interior spaces, products and 3D animations. Because the technology of 3D software attraction is so strong to me.
What are your future plans? What is next for you?
I love making 3D works, I hope one day I can be a professional 3D Designer. And do a better presentation for all my clients.
Do you work as a team, or do you develop your designs yourself?
I develop my designs myself for now. Looking for a partner as well.
Do you have any works-in-progress being designed that you would like to talk about?
I’m having several projects right now such as logo design and homepage design. If I get a special project I would like to share with you in my homepage.
Any other things you would like to cover that have not been covered in these questions?
This is my homepage link, please feel free to check out. https://www.wuui.net

Extended Interview with Jinyang Koo

Could you please tell us a bit about your design background and education?
I graduated from Osaka Mode, Gakuen Japan. Major in Interior Design course. I love to challenge myself and design different creatures. I am looking forward to taking good ideas from various fields, using them in different situations and always pursuing the fun of design.
What motivates you to design in general, why did you become a designer?
I often find my ideas and inspiration through motion graphic design video, CG, and online samples. The reason I want to become a designer is because I would love to deliver happiness to people throughout my artwork and design. Since I was a high school student, I have discovered that I love to design.
What do you design, what type of designs do you wish to design more of?
My design artworks include interior design, product design, graphic design, and 3D modeling. The type of design I wish to design more of is 3D modeling or rendering some cool scenes for my client.
What should young designers do to become a design legend like you?
Don't be afraid to showcase your artwork & talent, expose yourself on the internet or any award competition. You and your work may get the chance to be seen.
What distinguishes between a good designer and a great designer?
A good designer provides 100% of good work and people feel happy about that. A great designer provides more than 100% of good work and it makes people feel touched for that.
What makes a good design a really good design, how do you evaluate good design?
To evaluate a good design, it considers how many people get affected and how long your design lasts for. Before evaluating it, make sure it has a strong and good concept. The concept is the main part of the design, and it’s very important. Besides the functions and ease of use, we should pay more attention to the concept.
What is the value of good design? Why should everyone invest in good design?
Good design not only helps to improve our lifestyle, but it also affects the whole society and the environment. This is why I think it is our responsibility to invest in good design.
What would you design and who would you design for if you had the time?
I’m open to collaborating with any design studio. I would love to try to explore more in furniture joint parts design or CG animation etc.
What is the dream project you haven’t yet had time to realize?
My dream project will be advertising video and short animation. This is not my major but I would love to give a try on this.
What is your secret recipe of success in design, what is your secret ingredient?
I often seek opinions from different people, especially those who are not in the design field. So that I can get inspiration from the stories of people who work in different fields.
Who are some other design masters and legends you get inspired from?
The designer masters that I got inspired by are Ando Tadao, Kuma Kengo, and some of the others.
What is your greatest design, which aspects of that design makes you think it is great?
One of my greatest designs is Dond, it is my first time using a 3D printer to create the joint parts for the furniture. My goal for Dond is to take part in a consumer everyday needs and to enjoy an easier lifestyle for any occasion regardless of indoor or outdoor.
How could people improve themselves to be better designers, what did you do?
My recipe is to keep learning and improving yourself. Even though I’m a designer now, I still keep improving and learning every day in order to be better. Meet more people, think more, and the reason behind each of the designs. It helps to train your thinking skills and get more ideas while doing design.
If you hadn’t become a designer, what would you have done?
I think I would become a writer. I always want to become a storyteller.
How do you define design, what is design for you?
For me, design is to improve people's lifestyle and make them feel happier.
Who helped you to reach these heights, who was your biggest supporter?
My family and my friends are my biggest supporters. They always encourage and motivate me to become better.
What helped you to become a great designer?
My family and my friends. They helped me to become a better designer and a better person.
What were the obstacles you faced before becoming a design master?
I’m still facing a lot of obstacles. But I love those challenge.
What’s your next design project, what should we expect from you in future?
I would like to collaborate with other designers or any design studio. Feel free to check out my homepage for every new project.
What’s your ultimate goal as a designer?
To become an international designer and seeing more people from different cultures and backgrounds to join me as a team. Helping more people around the world through different ideas and contributing to the community.
How does design help create a better society?
Everything made in this world is related to design. The items made by designers are seen and used by many people. Therefore, designers should also consider whether it affects the people who use it and the environment when designing. The appearance of good things has a great impact on society.
What are you currently working on that you are especially excited about?
Now I’m designing a new series of furniture for people who work from home, and will announce it on my homepage soon.
Which design projects gave you the most satisfaction, why?
I had a very special project in my previous working studio. It is about designing medical equipment. It took more than 6 months to finish everything. We have zero knowledge about medical equipment, so it was a challenge for us, but it was a good experience. We’ve learned how to work out with various manufacturers and how to combine different materials together etc. In the end, this project won many awards, and I’m very proud that I was one of the design team.
What would you like to see changed in design industry in the coming years?
I’m hoping in future we can have more events, a platform for designers to have the chance to communicate with each other.
When you have a new design project, where do you start?
I will start by doing research and open to different opinions and feedback from the people around me. Information comes first before the design starts.
What kind of design software and equipment do you use in your work?
I’m using Cinema 4D, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop, Vector works, After Effects etc. Nowadays I’m using Ipad pro for sketching and graphic design.
What is the role of the color, materials and ambient in design?
A very important key is to change your viewpoint of the design.
When you see a new great design or product what comes into your mind?
The whole process and imagine how many people will get affected by it.
Who is your ideal design partner? Do you believe in co-design?
I believe in co-designs as we can communicate and learn things from each other. As I’m working alone now, I’m open to collaborate with designers from different backgrounds and cultures.
Which people you interacted had the most influence on your design?
There are many people who influence me on my design. Those people who are passionate about their work tend to motivate me a lot.
Which books you read had the most effect on your design?
Diseño Industrial de La A A La Z, Designed by Apple in California - The Book etc.
How did you develop your skills as a master designer?
Never stop learning. It is the best and most important skill, it helps you to stay active in various fields. Besides, study and see more other designers’ experiences and their artworks. It will help us in developing our skills.
Irrelative of time and space, who you would want to meet, talk and discuss with?
I would like to meet and talk with other designers overseas. I love listening about their experience and seeing how they usually work.
How do you feel about all the awards and recognition you had, is it hard to be famous?
I wouldn’t say I’m famous. But I felt so excited when I got the news about the award. It was one of the best days in my life. And I think I will keep challenging for the next competition.
What is your favorite color, place, food, season, thing and brand?
Basically I love all the colors but light grey will be my most favorite color. My favorite place is in Paris, favorite season is spring, favorite brand is apple while favorite thing is camera.
Please tell us a little memoir, a funny thing you had experienced as a designer?
I’m a part of a group to renovate an old funeral hall 5 years ago. I was young at the time, I spent several months with the workers every day on the site. The workers are kind and friendly but they also like to make fun of me sometimes as I’m not accustomed to the site yet. Nevertheless, I have learned a lot and am able to experience the largest construction site in my life. Overall, it was a fun experience for me and I have gained a lot of knowledge.
What makes your day great as a designer, how do you motivate yourself?
I start my day by waking up my daughter every day. She is my daily motivation. After that, I will watch some CG tutorial videos on Youtube and look for some new designs on multiple platforms to push myself and motivate myself.
When you were a little child, was it obvious that you would become a great designer?
No. I wanted to become a musician when I was a kid. Since I moved to Japan about 11 years ago, I started to design and decided to become a designer at that moment.
What do you think about future; what do you see will happen in thousand years from now?
I think humans are staying outside of the current planet. Earth is like a place under protection and control. Because it might be getting too much damage from human behavior and air pollution.
Please tell us anything you wish your fans to know about you, your design and anything else?
I have my own Homepage and Instagram. Please feel free to take a look and contact me. We can talk about design and anything else. Not only business :)

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