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Hsiao Chien Hung

Pursuing a Master's program in New York City, Hsiao Chien Hung is building upon his existing knowledge in Industrial Design with a strong commitment to creating sustainable and user-centric product designs.

Interview With The 2023 MUSE Design Awards Winner – Hsiao Chien Hung

1Please give us a brief bio of yourself and your design background.
My name is Hsiao Chien Hung I'm currently pursuing my Master's program in New York City, further expanding upon my foundation in Industrial Design.
2What made you become/why did you choose to become a designer/artist?
I chose to pursue a career in Industrial Design because I believe that designers play a significant role that can positively impact society.
3Tell us more about your business/company, job profile, and what you do.
I am presently a student with a strong emphasis on crafting sustainable and user-centric product designs.
4What does “design” mean to you?
For me, design revolves around observation, the connection between users and their environment and the amalgamation of various forms of knowledge.
5To you, what makes a “good” design?
A good design goes beyond addressing user requirements, it also extends its positive influence to benefit other parties and most importantly, the environment.
6Tell us about your design process.
My design process adapts to the specific product I'm working on, but it consistently begins with the crucial first step of conducting observations and interviews to identify real issues.
7Do you think your country and its cultural heritage has an impact on your design process?
I would definitely say so! My country influences my design, emphasizing simplicity and functionality. Studying in New York City has imparted a sense of conveying messages and information through the intricate details of design.
8Congratulations! As the winner of the 2023 MUSE Design Awards, what does it mean to you and your company and team to receive this award distinction?
I was thrilled to receive the award! It motivates me to continue designing and creating more impactful designs.
9Can you explain a bit about the winning work you entered into the 2023 MUSE Design Awards, and why you chose to enter this project?

It is a novel fire alarm design that utilizes varying frequency sounds to provide visually impaired individuals with directional cues. Additionally, the tactile map is integrated with a signage system in public spaces. The auditory fire alarm sound design and the tactile map work in tandem to assist visually impaired individuals in evacuating during a fire.

I decided to submit this design because it is unique and has a significant impact. My hope is that it will inspire people to pay greater attention to the needs of diverse groups in our society.

10What was the biggest challenge with this project?

The most significant challenge lay in designing the tactile map. Not all visually impaired individuals have experience with tactile graphics, and their interpretations of symbols can vary widely. Finding a way to use symbols that convey meaning universally was particularly tricky.

Furthermore, individuals from different cultural backgrounds may perceive symbols differently, adding another layer of complexity to the task.

11How has winning an Award developed your practice/career?
This award serves as an encouragement for me to redouble my efforts in creating more exceptional designs.
12What are your top three (3) favorite things about our industry?
Creativity, surprises and great people. The design industry is filled with unexpected discoveries where talented individuals and passionate designers all unite in the shared mission of making the world a better place.
13What makes your country specifically, unique in the design industry?
The open-minded and humble spirit in my country has nurtured our appreciation for other cultures, teaching me the values of listening, empathy, and observation.
14Where do you see the evolution of design industry going over the next 5-10 years?
In the near future, I anticipate that design will increasingly involve the use of sustainable materials and advanced technology to address global issues.
15If you were a student entering this industry or an aspiring MUSE Design Awards submitter, what advice would you give them?
Share what fills you with pride, have faith in yourself and the results will follow!
16Who has inspired you in your life and why?
Meeting visually impaired individuals at the Braille and Talking Museum opened my eyes to their daily lives and experiences, something I hadn't truly considered before our conversations.

Winning Entry

GuideAlarm | 2023


GuideAlarm is an innovative alarm system designed to assist visually impaired individuals during emergencies. It …
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Hsiao Chien Hung

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