Agnes Xue

Specialized in Care Design.

Agnes Xue

About Agnes Xue

A Red-Dot award-winning designer and the first Industrial Designer in Singapore to be awarded the Doctoral of Philosophy (PhD) qualification from the National University of Singapore (NUS), Assistant Professor (Dr) Agnes Xue is currently faculty at the Singapore Institute of Technology (SIT) and Curriculum Head at the Singapore-Stanford Biodesign program, a national-level medical technology innovation training office. Her interest has always been exploring better designs for healthcare that will have user-centric impact in this digital age. Her professional and teaching experience include design work at Siemens Medical Instruments, the Design Singapore Council and NUS. Agnes has always been an entrepreneur at heart. During her time outside of the university, she has invested and started a 3D visualisation design consultancy and an interior design company. In her personal capacity, she volunteers as the Honorary Treasurer of the Lupus Association Singapore.

  • Winner of the A' Design Award.
  • Specialized in Care Design.
  • Original Design.
  • Creative, Diligent and Innovative.
  • All Designs
  • Care
New-arm Arm Skate Device for Stroke Rehab

New-arm Arm Skate Device for Stroke Rehab

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Extended Interview with Agnes Xue

Could you please tell us about your experience as a designer, artist, architect or creator?
I'm the first Industrial Designer in Singapore to be awarded the Doctoral of Philosophy (PhD) qualification from the National University of Singapore (NUS)
How did you become a designer?
I always love conversations with people since young, and I love to make things. So I thought instead of going to law school, why not be a designer to create lots of different options for people to use and be happy about it?
Which emotions do you feel when designing?
I design different types of products, but since I became a faculty member, I even have to design curriculum, projects. I wish to design more of projects. I enjoy doing that sort of planning, to involve different expertise, but for the better good.
What particular aspects of your background shaped you as a designer?
I never think of myself as a design legend. I'm still struggling everyday.
What is your growth path? What are your future plans? What is your dream design project?
A good designer rests on a circumscribed range of evidence and display a variable depth of understanding of context and users A great designer secure projects by discriminating command of a comprehensive range of relevant materials and analyses, and by deployment of considered judgement relating to key issues, concepts and procedures.
What are your advices to designers who are at the beginning of their career?
A very good design should be clearly grounded on a close familiarity with a wide range of supporting evidence, constructively utilizing various considerations to reveal appreciable depth of understanding.
You are truly successful as a designer, what do you suggest to fellow designers, artists and architects?
Good design is scalable and sustainable. Everyone should be concerned about health, well-being, climate change and future generations, hence if good design reaches out for long term value, people should invest in that.
How do you keep up with latest design trends? To what extent do design trends matter?
I don't exactly have any dream project. Most likely at this point in time, I will say I wish to spend some time redesigning the house I'm living in.
How do you decide if your design is ready?
I really like Kita Toshiyuki for his appreciation in crafts but curiosity in new technologies and materiality.
What is your biggest design work?
I like many outcomes from Naoto Fukasawa. When things are kept simple with the users in mind, the intuitiveness is beautiful.
Would you tell us a bit about your lifestyle and culture?
I will work in every other sector outside of design and be like a sponge to absorb all sorts of experiences. I will also strongly encourage others to go overseas whenever possible to get exposure.
What positive experiences you had when you attend the A’ Design Award?
I believe it's my clinical Professor who supervised me for my PhD. Although he is a medical doctor, he is someone who appreciated design. He helped me to strike a balance between my left and right brains.

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