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Sun Jian

With countless wins in several global awards, Sun Jian takes another one in the 2022 MUSE Design Awards!

Interview with the 2022 MUSE Design Awards Winner - Sun Jian

1Please give us a brief bio of yourself and your design background.

My name is Sun Jian, the founder of Sun Design. I used to work for the 2008 Olympic emblem design team and worked for Japan Dentsu Corporation. I formed a unique design concept and style that blends both brand design and advertising.

I have worked and won multiple design awards in Europe, Oceania, Asia and the United States. I've won multiple awards, including the German Red Dot Award, German iF Design Award, American IDEA Design Award, Asian Design Award, Italian Design Award, Australian Good Design Award, and the German National Design Award, etc.

2What made you become/why did you choose to become a designer/artist?
My grandmother was a teacher and I started painting after I was born. My father worked on mechanical design in the army and was very interested in design when he was very young.
3Tell us more about your business/company, job profile, and what you do.
Sun Design was established in Beijing in 2014. Sun Design Brand Design (Beijing) Ltd. brings international modern designs to brands. Sun Design hopes that it can create more brands of unique features together with their partners by virtue of its accurate grasp of brand and to create design accuracy and instill the international viewpoint of Eastern and Western culture. We aspire to improve our client's reputation worldwide, cooperating with large national enterprises and designing the brand image for international brands.
4What does “design” mean to you?
For our design agency, we pay more attention to the efficiency and quality of the work so our clients can find a place in the market. We can do more by working together for research, creative ideas and design execution.
5What’s your favorite kind of design and why?
I like to focus on design research. I like what I do, and even when it's difficult, it'll be fine as long as the results can bring achievement and satisfaction.
6To you, what makes a “good” design?
A good design is a new challenge every time. I like every process of creation and creative thinking. There are constantly new ideas to be applied in different environments, giving people different visual feelings while feeling like it's a standard process at the same time.
7Describe your design style and its main characteristics.
I like natural materials, where my understanding towards environmental protection production and efforts to design more good work helps to integrate traditional cultures into my design.
8Tell us about your design process.
I like to think alone, sometimes at home, at a coffee shop or at the company. I like to come up with ideas before designing. Go and execute the design.
9Do you think your country and its cultural heritage has an impact on your design process?
This design is for Korea. The difficulty lies in the need to understand more about the culture, tradition and product itself.
10Congratulations! As the winner of the 2022 MUSE Design Awards, what does it mean to you and your company and team to receive this award distinction?
I am very happy to receive the 2022 MUSE Awards. Thanks for recognizing my work. For me, I will work harder and design better to improve myself.
11Can you explain a bit about the winning work you entered into the 2022 MUSE Design Awards, and why you chose to enter this project?
The packaging design is inspired by the Korean documentary "The Sound of Cow Bell". The senses will degenerate, but the emotions will not degenerate. The life span of a cow is 15 years, and this cow has worked hard for a family for 40 years. The story of an 80-year-old with a 40-year-old scalper. The entire packaging design of grapefruit wine uses hand-painted scalpers, exuding sensory images of happy grapefruit flavor, expressing the wisdom and hard work of the Korean people. The outer box is the national bird of Korea, the magpie. He is asking the old cattle whether the delicious happy pomelo is the secret to your health and longevity. After the old cattle smell the scent of grapefruit, grapefruit grows from the corners of their heads. Rejuvenating natural health drinks.
12What was the biggest challenge with this project?
The process of printing needs to be completed. Need to stabilize the bottle in the barrel.
13How has winning an Award developed your practice/career?
The first is self-confidence, able to understand yourself clearly and continuously improve your professional level.
14What are your top three (3) favorite things about our industry?
  • Professional and fair review.
  • Tolerant and open international vision.
  • Beautiful trophy.
15Where do you see the evolution of design industry going over the next 5-10 years?
In the future, creative design will be very challenging. Consumers are getting picky. To meet consumer demand, we need to continue to innovate and focus more on youth and fashion.
16If you were a student entering this industry or an aspiring MUSE Design Awards submitter, what advice would you give them?
Don't just think of wanting to win. You need to improve your ability to win the MUSE Award.
17What resources would you recommend to someone who wants to improve their skills in the design industry?
Check out MUSE's award-winning entries and learn about the design concepts of each one.
18Tell us something you have never told anyone else.
While studying at the Academy of Fine Arts, I hope to have my own studio and create my own work in the future, and one day winning the International Creative Design Award.
19Who has inspired you in your life and why?
Father. He left us when I was 18. As a kid, I used to watch his work and draw a lot of drawings. I hope that when I grow up, I can design works like him.
20What is your key to success? Any parting words of wisdom?
I am a person who likes to learn, and I like to learn their strengths from the people around me. I have been receiving challenges from customers for a long time. This has changed my thinking logic, and I like to try different points of view. Designers can look at character like works.

Winning Entries

Korean Grapefruit Tea | 2022

Sun Jian | MUSE Design Awards

The 31st volume of the "Records of Sejong" records that in the eighth year of Sejong (1426), he received an enlightenment from Hojo, and suggested that pomelo be planted along Jeolla-do and Gyeongsang-do. The whole design is inspired by the royal court pomelo...
(read more at MUSE Design Awards)

Hehe coffee cup | 2022

Sun Jian | MUSE Design Awards

Less is more minimalism meets Chinese purism. The striking combination of Chinese characters and the lotus flower design acts as a connecting element, giving the collection a special expressiveness. Another feature is the raised thread that runs through the cup body....
(read more at MUSE Design Awards)

Sun Jian

With countless wins in several global awards, Sun Jian takes another one in the 2022 MUSE Design Awards!

Make sure you read about his previous in the New York Product Design Awards here too!