Xiangyang Xin | Carnegie Mellon University
As China and Chinese designers have an increasing impact on the global design community, inevitably, many American designers will work with China one way or another. A good understanding of Chinese design and design education becomes very important for designers and industries outside of China in order to interact with China appropriately and effectively. Recently, many studies on Chinese design and design education have been published within and outside of China. Unfortunately many of these studies published in China are not written in English, and are not available to American designers and vice versa. This creates an idea-exchange gap and prevents us from understanding Chinese design with a more holistic view. Bridging this gap and looking for ways to better understand Chinese design are important areas for us to explore.
In this paper, I am going to start with a brief overview of Chinese design and design education. Then, I will share my observations and understandings of Chinese design based on my own educational and professional experience from China and the US Finally, I will explore ways for Americans to communicate with Chinese designers more effectively.