"Imagination is more important than knowledge."
Drawing is Hang Wei's third language, so it's no wonder he ended up a designer. Now a senior designer at ADP, he's sharing the designers that inspire him, the tablet he swears by, and the saying that keeps him motivated.
DesignRush: What inspired you to become a designer?
Hang Wei: I love drawing, which is my third language. I learned to draw very early on and started doing illustration in middle school. I think I became interested in design after I read "Re-Design" and "Designing Design" by Kenya Hara. Those two books inspired me a lot and really brought me into the design world.
DR: What are some projects of your own that you are particularly proud of?
HW: When I worked for American Express, I was on the "Plenti Card" team. Every day, I was surrounded by talented people, and we worked together to move our product closer to perfection. Our brand new version of our app was stunning. It hit the market again with a significant increase in revenue. Working with those geniuses was very impressive and I am definitely very proud of what I did there. Now, I work at ADP and am also very proud that a lot of companies use our products. We constantly update our design, make better user experience, and deliver the best solutions to our clients, whose success stories I enjoy reading.
DR: Take us through your creative process.
HW: It depends on what kind of project I'm working on. Generally speaking, it goes idea, research, sketches, mockups, the validating process, and prototypes.
DR: What designers speak to you?
HW: I really admire Kenya Hara and I. M. Pei.
DR: You have the day off. What can we find you doing?
HW: I may cooking or doing some kitchen experiments.
DR: Is there anything that helps you beat “designer’s block”?
HW: A MacBook Pro and a Wacom Intuos tablet.
DR: Any final thoughts, comments, or words of wisdom you’d like to share with someone in the industry?
HW: Lots of people say "never give it up," which is right. Really, it's right only when the deadline or timeline allows us to do so.
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