About

CHAO

is a PRODUCT DESIGNER currently studying in Royal College of Art.

Before being in London, Chao learned Industrial Design in Jiangnan University, China. He founded UP Spring Design Studio with his tutor. During design practices, he was involved in various commission and concept designs, thus trained himself to be a T-shape designer with curiosity in sundry disciplines.

Among different products, Chao is most engaged in furniture and housewares, which are closely related to people`s daily life. With rational thinking based on DESIGN RESEARCH; clear goals aimed to PROBLEM-SOLVING; and elegant design language for VISUAL EXPRESSION, Chao is carrying on his design journey in the UK.

EDUCATION

• MA Design Products

  Royal College of Art  

Oct / 2013 – Jul / 2015, London

• BA Industrial Design

Jiangnan University 

Sept / 2008 – Jun / 2012, Wuxi

• International Design & Development (Summer School)

  Copenhagen University College of Engineering 

Jul – Aug / 2011, Copenhagen

EXPERIENCE

• Guest Lecturer

  Sensing & Trapping Project,

  AcrossRCA, Royal College of Art  

Oct / 2014, London

• Design Intern

  Poetic-LAB  

July – Sept / 2014, London

• Freelance Graphic Designer

State Grid 

Jan – Sept / 2013, Nanjing

• Co-Founder + Product Designer

  UP Spring Design Studio 

Apr / 2010 -Sept / 2013, Wuxi

• Ceramic Design Intern

  Tai Yi Glaze Co., Ltd 

Jul – Sept / 2012, Yixing

• Motorcycle Design Intern

  Jiangsu Linzhi Shanyang Group Co., Ltd  

Mar – May / 2010, Wuxi

AWARDS + EXHIBITIONS

• Solex Exhibition

@ <National Exhibition Centre>

Jul / 2014, Birmingham

• Best Disruptive Innovation Prize, FORD “African Mobility”

Jun / 2014, London

• Work-In-Progress Show

@ <Royal College of Art>

Feb / 2014, London

• Modern Original Ceramic Art Invitational Exhibition

@ <China Yixing  Ceramics Museum>

Sept / 2012, Yixing

• The Best Graduation Design Prix

Jun / 2012, Wuxi

• Reddot Award: design concept

Nov / 2011, Singapore

• Silver Prize, the Sixth “Gree Prize” Air-conditioning Appearance

Design Competition

Mar / 2011

• Excellent Prize, the Third China Automobile Design Competition        Sept / 2010, Beijing

• Second Prize, “Linzhi Shanyang Prize” China Light Motorcycle A Design Competition

Jun / 2010, Wuxi