Criss Jami, a young American poet and philosopher, once said: "Create with the heart; build with the mind." And it seems that our Creator of the Month, AdaWong, is a perfect example. Let's know more about this beautiful creator who joined our community... less than 6 months ago! 

Tell us a bit more about yourself…

Hello, everyone. I'm Ada. Born in China and living in Shanghai, I attended a university in China and graduated from the College of Art and Design.

Now I am an independent designer and occasionally write columns. I like many things related to art, such as painting, photography, I enjoy music, I also like all kinds of performances and exhibitions. But I've only been to a few countries and cities. My favorite place is Italy. There are bright sunshine and small tomatoes in summer. When the sun is setting, the color of the countryside is the same as in the picture.

Unfortunately, I haven't been to France. I heard that the Louvre is as good as the Vatican Museum. I will visit it if I have the chance. (I think one of the happiest things in life is visiting exhibitions.) My favorite city is Shanghai, which is a very convenient modern city.

I like to walk around, go to the city or the countryside, I will take equipment to take pictures alone, sometimes go to sparsely populated places, but the pictures taken are excellent. Designing is a lovely job for me, but these are the things that make me happy. I just love it and do it without any purpose.

I accidentally connected to eyeka through the website. I found the design challenges posed by the website interesting, so I decided to enter the amusement park. But it was not smooth at the beginning, the submitted design did not pass the audit, because I have not done graphic design for 15 years, many methods I have forgotten, but after several competitions, I slowly remembered, so it became very smooth later.

I am very happy to communicate with you here. Especially through the feedback of my works, I have learned a lot. Everyone has different ideas, which enlarges my mind. So I like the form of eyeka.

Finally, I would like to share with you the pictures I took when I was young and traveled around, each of which came from different parts of China. I hope you like it.

How did you find out about eyeka?

Um... I don't remember much. It seems that I came in from an advertising link under an English website. After browsing, I found it interesting, so I came to participate in the competition.

 

Do you have a creative process? If so, can you share a bit of your secret with our community? Where do you look for inspiration?

First of all, I will read the competition brief very carefully to ensure that I understand the design challenges correctly, which is very important. Sometimes I don't have inspiration or design can't go on. I will read the competition brief several times again to find inspiration breakthrough.

The design process is roughly divided into two parts, one is the design concept, the other is the design expression. It usually takes more time to conceive, especially when some design challenges need to be implemented in a particular scenario, which requires the designer to have a full understanding of the scenario. Design is not fantasy, on the contrary, it requires very rigorous means to solve practical problems.

For example, when a design is made, what will people think of it? Are there sufficient conditions for implementation in real-world scenarios? Will the current level of technological development support this idea, etc? All of these need to be carefully considered in the process of design thinking.

I think everyone uses different ways of design expression. What I appreciate most about eyeka is that you don't restrict the expression of designers. Anyone can express their ideas in their own way. It's great. I feel like a fish in the water, not in the desert.

Most of my inspiration comes from my knowledge reserve. Designers need extensive knowledge to support their design ideas. Behind each design adopted, there is a series of knowledge chains. The richer the chain, the more inspiration designers can think of. Therefore, the accumulation of knowledge is very important.

Secondly, the designer should have a sense of position and mission. What position do you stand on to make this design? Do you have a sense of social responsibility and mission? Can you think from the user's point of view? From the design of every product, we can see what kind of person the designer himself is. Among them, the level is not the most important. The most important thing is what kind of heart he is in to do it. Your heart is the most important.

 

When submitting an entry, how do you keep positive if it is rejected or not selected as a winning entry?

I think it's good to do the best you can. The evaluation of art and design has a strong subjectivity. It does not have the standard answer as mathematics does. So the same design is not good enough for one person, but it does not mean that other people think so. So in my eyes, the only difference between design is "appropriate" or "inappropriate", not "good" or "bad".

If I hadn't been chosen as a winner or had been eliminated from the beginning, I would not have looked at myself in the wrong way. I know design, I have my standards, and I know my level better, so I won't be influenced by people's judgment. I'll be happy to be chosen as a winner, but that doesn't mean I'm disappointed to be eliminated. That's my attitude.

 

What would you like to achieve (or have already achieved) with the prizes you will win/have won?

I haven't thought about it yet. I came to the game because I liked them. These competitions have given me a lot of new areas of thinking. If I decide to spend my bonus, I will spend it on something more valuable than playing.

 

If you had to describe eyeka in 3 words, what would they be?

Fun, Challenge, Free Expression

Finally, is there anything you would like to share with our creators (secret, tip…)?

Whatever you do, sincere love is better than everything. Keep your dreams alive. That's my secret.

 

Thank you so much for sharing your story with us AdaWong!