Alan Saga

Professional in Kitchenware Design.

About Alan Saga

  • Winner of Kitchenware Design Award.
  • Specialized in Kitchenware Design.
  • Original Design.
  • Highly Creative, Diligent and Innovative.
  • All Designs
  • Kitchenware
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Interview with Alan Saga

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?
Since my youth I have been particularly interested in activities related to creativity of a plastic nature. The development of this award-winning project was the fact that most marked me to enter the world of industrial design.
Can you tell us more about your company / design studio?
I'm an industrial designer focused on the art object, and I develop a series that represents the transition of the collective consciousness within the social-responsible context.
What is "design" for you?
Is the creative way to express an idea, making it tangible to transmit emotions.
What kinds of works do you like designing most?
I'm passionate about all the areas of design. I have a particular interest in product design, from the art to electronic area.
What is your most favorite design, could you please tell more about it?
Definitely "Only Rigth Here" is the design that has given me projection in national and international level. And which meets all expectations I seek for in my designs.
What was the first thing you designed for a company?
The design of a commemorative packaging of a recognized regional beer.
When do you feel the most creative?
Definitely when I'm alone at night, and I can have peace to develop my concepts.
Which aspects of a design do you focus more during designing?
Mainly I focus on the conceptual part, and get to a high level of detail in my 3D models.
What kind of emotions do you feel when you design?
I feel emotions when I'm designing, both positive and negative. The best part is the satisfaction of watching when a design starts to come alive.
What kind of emotions do you feel when your designs are realized?
Normally comes a phase of total relaxation and satisfaction, which I use as motivation to continue creating ideas.
What makes a design successful?
I think a design is successful when it manages to assemble a well-founded and original concept, and gets into the market to where it was headed.
When judging a design as good or bad, which aspects do you consider first?
The visual and aesthetic aspects is the first thing I judge, and how can it conceptually integrate.
From your point of view, what are the responsibilities of a designer for society and environment?
Create designs that promote cultural values, and create awareness with the history that lies behind the product.
How do you think the "design field" is evolving? What is the future of design?
Globalization has greatly accelerated the future of design, expanding to new previously unexplored fields, but always tending to self-sustain, and use the planet's resources in the most efficient way.
When was your last exhibition and where was it? And when do you want to hold your next exhibition?
October 2013, Franz Mayer Museum in Mexico City. The next exhibition will be in August where I will present a new piece in the association CONARTE
Where does the design inspiration for your works come from? How do you feed your creativity? What are your sources of inspirations?
My inspiration comes from my life ideology, and the concepts ingrained throughout the years. The sociocultural aspect of my country helps me feed my creative concepts, plus constant practice and feedback from other designers.
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 define my style, as a transmitter of cultural ideas, building on the original function of my products, and with minimal aesthetic.
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 Monterrey, Mexico. I think the cultural heritage of Mexico is extremely rich and extensive so it directly affects my designs. However in a global society, my tendency is to make a fusion between my mores and international design trends, always keeping my roots.
How do you work with companies?
In my short experience working with companies, I've done it ​​via online.
What are your suggestions to companies for working with a designer? How can companies select a good designer?
It is essential that the designer to work both alone and as a team. And it is very important to detect the degree of commitment, and how can it pose different creative solutions to a same problem.
Can you talk a little about your design process?
For my designs, the key phase is the conceptualization, where I make a cultural and market research, which allows me to land ideas with greater impact. And that is where product development begins.
Can you describe a day in your life?
One of my main characteristics since the day starts, is that most of my activities relate with design, I am passionate person in the whole aspect of creativity. I wake up, turn on my PC, I start designing, and when I find myself a bit saturated, I perform activities such as exercising, listening to music and reading, to release, free my mind and get on with my labors.
Could you please share some pearls of wisdom for young designers? What are your suggestions to young, up and coming designers?
Although I'm still a young designer, I’ve always liked being open to explore different fields of industrial design, with this we I can discover with what to identify and my true passions.
What skills are most important for a designer?
The ability to develop a concept, creativity and certainty to propose different solutions to the same project design.
Which tools do you use during design? What is inside your toolbox? Such as software, application, hardware, books, sources of inspiration etc.?
One of my main sources of inspiration are the books of Donald Norman and technically speaking my basic tools for designing are Rhinoceros, Solidworks, Keyshot and Google (blogs, social media, etc).
Designing can sometimes be a really time consuming task, how do you manage your time?
My daily activities such as eating, grooming, etc, I use them as a form of relaxation for the mind, so I can get more work done.
How long does it take to design an object from beginning to end?
The percentage varies depending on the complexity of the project. However the average range is 1-3 months.
What is the most frequently asked question to you, as a designer?
How I can express my talent to leave a mark as a Mexican industrial designer
What was your most important job experience?
Based on the complexity, the most important project in which I worked, was a draft design of electronic products, along with a team of industrial designers worldwide.
Who are some of your clients?
I am a recent graduate industrial designer. Some of the companies I've been in projects with are: Allen, Heineken, Gruma, among others.
What type of design work do you enjoy the most and why?
The discursive design is what I enjoy the most, being a free style and versatile way to handle and express the themes of inspiration in the purest way.
What are your future plans? What is next for you?
My main goal now is to stand out as Mexican industrial designer, to have the opportunity to work abroad in a major design studio, where I’m allowed to develop my skills.
Do you work as a team, or do you develop your designs yourself?
I design by myself, and I like receive feedback of others designers.
Do you have any works-in-progress being designed that you would like to talk about?
I'm working on the second project under my firm, which will be presented on May 1, 2014 at Behance.
Any other things you would like to cover that have not been covered in these questions?
I am a young industrial designer, interested in forming international business relations, boost my talent and commercialize my products.

Extended Interview with Alan Saga

Could you please tell us a bit about your design background and education?
From college I liked my designs express a pure idea, a social critique and a cultural environment through the function of my products.
What motivates you to design in general, why did you become a designer?
Both positive and negative socio-cultural concepts is an opportunity to express and explore my emotions and ideology through the design of objects.
Did you choose to become a designer, or you were forced to become one?
From my childhood and youth design has been part of my life so I chose to be a designer.
What do you design, what type of designs do you wish to design more of?
I like to design within the category of art object, however I am open to any possibility, different products and unexpected.
What distinguishes between a good designer and a great designer?
A great designer seeks to create pieces that transcend, with a high degree of originality and conceptual content.
What makes a good design a really good design, how do you evaluate good design?
Good design should be well-founded, owning an original concept, value as an object of art and of course functionality.
What is the value of good design? Why should everyone invest in good design?
A good design has the power to improve the experience of everyday life, creating an opportunity to generate new links between a product / company and the end user.
What would you design and who would you design for if you had the time?
I like to design for companies committed to the social and cultural wellbeing of people. And I would focus on products that create awareness among people, but without losing the goal of achieving a pleasant experience owning the object.
What is the dream project you haven’t yet had time to realize?
I'd like to devote time to responsible design, through biology and cell theory.
What is your secret recipe of success in design, what is your secret ingredient?
Capture or convey my conceptual ideology of an effective and concrete way in my designs based on socio-cultural issues, reflecting both positive and negative aspects creating awareness among people. Transcendent objects.
What is your greatest design, which aspects of that design makes you think it is great?
Only Right Here is my best design that perfectly reflects very important to me, that is the awakening of consciousness international humanist subject.
How could people improve themselves to be better designers, what did you do?
Never stop learning and exploring different aspects of the design.
If you hadn’t become a designer, what would you have done?
I had dedicated to genetics or a career related to biology, but it is something I still want to do in the future.
How do you define design, what is design for you?
Is the act of creating something tangible or intangible, taking into account the physical and / or psychological needs of people, with the aim of developing new experiences.
Who helped you to reach these heights, who was your biggest supporter?
My family, friends, teachers and especially viewers who appreciate my work, are 50% of my work.
What helped you to become a great designer?
The time I spend to explore and design. Also experience by working in different categories with other artists and designers.
How do you think designers should present their work?
Engage customer / viewer with a backstory, therefore it is very important to have a well-founded concept and easy to understand.
What’s your next design project, what should we expect from you in future?
Developing a line of products inspired by cultural icons that reflect the social situation in which we live.
What people expect from an esteemed designer such as yourself?
My designs are focused for art lovers and people designer products.
How does design help create a better society?
By designing you can reflect both positive and negative aspects of our society, you can also help an awakening of collective consciousness.
What are you currently working on that you are especially excited about?
I was selected for an artistic residence in India, where I am developing a series of 20 products, which I am exploring new materials and manufacturing styles, as well as entieniendo how fascinating it is to merge two cultures.
Which design projects gave you the most satisfaction, why?
Only Right Here is the project that has given me more satisfaction so far by the response from the public, cultural organizations and the media. This design helped me to have the opportunity to learn about the different reactions and the way of thinking of the spectators, as well as its national and international spread.
What would you like to see changed in design industry in the coming years?
I wish the products focus beyond aesthetics and function, making interact and reflect the people to see industrial design from a necessary perspective in our daily lives.
How long does it take you to finalize a design project?
Usually 2 to 3 weeks, depending on the category and product complexity.
When you have a new design project, where do you start?
I like to start with the conceptualization based on a preliminary investigation of the factors influencing the needs of the design project.
What is your life motto as a designer?
The most important thing is to have a well structured and defined concept.
Do you think design sets the trends or trends set the designs?
The best designs create new trends, however there is also a chance to explore existing trends, and innovate.
What is the role of technology when you design?
It's very important both in the design and production, technology streamlines both time and cost the process.
What kind of design software and equipment do you use in your work?
I use Rhinoceros, 3ds Max and Solidworks to design, silicone molds, CNC machines and 3D printing.
What is the role of the color, materials and ambient in design?
It's a key to amplify the concepts and emotions that consumers can generate part.
What do you wish people to ask about your design?
The source of inspiration for my designs, as well as how it will influence people.
When you see a new great design or product what comes into your mind?
Understand all the steps had to solve to reach that result. As well as the degree of conceptual content that brings.
Who is your ideal design partner? Do you believe in co-design?
Someone who has the same passion for design and their main skills are different from mine to create a complement, resulting in stronger and influential products.
Which people you interacted had the most influence on your design?
Designers who have a cultural approach philosophy as well as social criticism. But I admire any designer who has a very clear idea and the way it manages to translate it into their designs.
How did you develop your skills as a master designer?
Developing products of different categories and investing as much time as possible to do what I like.
How do you feel about all the awards and recognition you had, is it hard to be famous?
I feel lucky and grateful to receive platinum A Design Award, as I encouraged to continue to mature in my concepts. Also comes great responsibility to be recognized with these awards, because it forces you or not lower line quality and content of new designs.
What is your favorite color, place, food, season, thing and brand?
My favorites are dark colors, I like Italy, the winter season and Braun is my favorite brand.
What makes your day great as a designer, how do you motivate yourself?
I constantly motivated to observe all kinds of situations that may arise during a new day, and how it could take as a reference or integrate my projects.
When you were a little child, was it obvious that you would become a great designer?
Since my childhood I liked to draw without specific references and had great fascination with toys like Lego, Betterware catalogs. Later, as I grew older I realized that everything I liked had a lot of well-rounded design, regardless of the product category or topic.
What do you think about future; what do you see will happen in thousand years from now?
I believe that global ideologies have a natural collapse, so we automatically will be forced to find new ways to live in balance with the planet. These changes will be so trascentales in humanity, that all fields of life, such as medicine, technological developments, etc, will open a wide field of possibilities in the field of design as it will be vital to survive as a civilization.
Please tell us anything you wish your fans to know about you, your design and anything else?
You always have to have the humility to hear from anyone take the initiative to learn new things and eliminate the ego because it is the worst enemy of creativity.

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