Ran Zhou

Specialized in Care Design.

Ran Zhou

About Ran Zhou

He graduated from the Northeastern University of China in 2019 and is studying Medical Design at the Kiel School of Design and Art in Germany in 2020. At the beginning of his studies, he designs several medical products, for example, a deformable memory bracelet for diabetics and this bedsore preventing wheelchair. He really like to reduce the influence of diseases on the lives of those affected by the design. He aims to improve people’s health through design.

  • Winner of the A' Design Award.
  • Specialized in Care Design.
  • Original Design.
  • Creative, Diligent and Innovative.
  • All Designs
  • Care
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Interview with Ran Zhou

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 completed a bachelor's degree in industrial design at Northeastern University, where I learned the basic knowledge and required skills of industrial design, and carried out some conceptual project design, mainly focusing on product design in the field of medical health. My yearning for designers stems from my expectation for a better society. I think designers have meaning and ability to conceive and create a better society and life. This is my motivation to study hard in design. I started to study design from the university, understand design, and slowly cultivate my interest in design. Until now, I still continue to understand and love this cause.
Can you tell us more about your company / design studio?
I come from the industrial design studio of Northeastern University. We are engaged in product design related work. In particular, we also understand the design of large instruments, such as traditional machine tools.
What is "design" for you?
Design is to solve the problem, to find a win-win point between the user experience, technical feasibility and commercial profit.
What kinds of works do you like designing most?
I like works that have a sense of social responsibility, earnestly understand the problems encountered by society, and put forward creative ideas.
What is your most favorite design, could you please tell more about it?
I like Naoto Fukasawa. Diet Rams thinks about design. They try to understand what people really need and express them plainly.
What was the first thing you designed for a company?
I am still studying for a master's degree and haven't started working yet
What is your favorite material / platform / technology?
I really like the translucent silicone material, it has a strong plasticity in vision and touch.
Which aspects of a design do you focus more during designing?
The innovation of the design and whether it really solves the problem.
What kind of emotions do you feel when you design?
Different periods of time will have different emotions, happy, excited, troubled, sad.
What makes a design successful?
Sensitive user insight, accurate grasp of the market, and in-depth understanding of emerging technologies.
When judging a design as good or bad, which aspects do you consider first?
Whether the problem is really solved, and whether the way to solve the problem is simple.
From your point of view, what are the responsibilities of a designer for society and environment?
Designers should strive to express their understanding of society and the environment with their own designs, and should even try to improve it.
How do you think the "design field" is evolving? What is the future of design?
I can't clearly see the future of design. But I think the future of design will include more possibilities.
When was your last exhibition and where was it? And when do you want to hold your next exhibition?
In China, it is my bachelor's degree design exhibition, and the next time has not been determined
Where does the design inspiration for your works come from? How do you feed your creativity? What are your sources of inspirations?
It mainly comes from communication with users and communication with them. I often watch new projects made by designers, and also listen to some designer lectures. My inspiration often comes from users of the products I design. I like to proceed with my design based on their habits and needs.
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 simple, clean, and often carries macro social issues. I like to start with a big social problem, find one or two key pain points, and optimize it.
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 came to Germany last year to study, but most of the time I was in China. China's long history and culture give me more design possibilities, but the disadvantage is that China's industrial product design history is not long.
Can you talk a little about your design process?
My design usually takes a long time to investigate and understand what problem I want to solve. Then there is the way of brainstorming, choose one or two to experiment. Then through continuous experiments to improve their own plans, and finally determine the final plan.
Can you describe a day in your life?
During the day, I usually go to classes, complete homework and projects, and at night I often do some design skills training and call my girlfriend.
From your perspective, what would you say are some positives and negatives of being a designer?
The designer's job is a socially responsible job, but sometimes there is a lot of pressure.
What is the most frequently asked question to you, as a designer?
Can this solution really solve the problem? Is he really effective?
What was your most important job experience?
It is a pity that I have not officially entered the work. But soon, I will have work experience.
Who are some of your clients?
I do n’t have any customers yet and I ’m still creating conceptual products.
What type of design work do you enjoy the most and why?
I like the design of medical products the most. On the one hand, because these products have great significance, they can save people's lives. On the other hand, these products are often completely rational. They are indeed based on the market, users, and technology.
What are your future plans? What is next for you?
I will complete graduate studies at the Kiel School of Design and Art in Germany.
Do you have any works-in-progress being designed that you would like to talk about?
I am currently designing a mask. Viruses around the world make masks very important. I hope to improve the breathing conditions when wearing masks.

Extended Interview with Ran Zhou

Could you please tell us about your experience as a designer, artist, architect or creator?
I completed a bachelor's degree in industrial design at Northeastern University, where I learned the basic knowledge and required skills of industrial design, and carried out some conceptual project design, mainly focusing on product design in the field of medical health.
How did you become a designer?
My yearning for designers stems from my expectation for a better society. I think designers have meaning and ability to conceive and create a better society and life. This is my motivation to study hard in design.
What are your priorities, technique and style when designing?
I started to study design from the university, understand design, and slowly cultivate my interest in design. Until now, I still continue to understand and love this cause. I chose to be a designer.
Which emotions do you feel when designing?
I mainly design medical related products, and I hope to design more products related to human health.
What particular aspects of your background shaped you as a designer?
I have a hard time answering this question because I am still a young designer.
What is your growth path? What are your future plans? What is your dream design project?
I am not quite sure about this answer. In my understanding, a good designer may already have excellent design expression skills, but what makes a good designer special is their perception and understanding of the problem.
What are your advices to designers who are at the beginning of their career?
Good design is to solve the problem, to find a win-win point between the user experience, technical feasibility and commercial profit
You are truly successful as a designer, what do you suggest to fellow designers, artists and architects?
Good design can bring users an unforgettable experience, with its huge commercial success.
How do you keep up with latest design trends? To what extent do design trends matter?
I have always wanted to make a prayer kneeling pad for Christians to help Christians pray more comfortably.
How do you know if a product or project is well designed? How do you define good design?
The innovation of the design and whether it really solves the problem.
How do you decide if your design is ready?
I like Naoto Fukasawa,Diet Rams thinks about design. They try to understand what people really need and express them plainly.
What is your biggest design work?
I like works that have a sense of social responsibility, earnestly understand the problems encountered by society, and put forward creative ideas.
Who is your favourite designer?
I am best at the design of medical products. Such products require a deep understanding of technology and a comprehensive understanding of doctors and patients.
What are your philanthropic contributions to society as a designer, artist and architect?
Design is to solve the problem, to find a win-win point between the user experience, technical feasibility and commercial profit.
What positive experiences you had when you attend the A’ Design Award?
The teachers I met in the university and the seniors of the same major taught me a lot.

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