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Graphic Designer & Illustrator / Taipei
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When working in design many people would think that the most important part comes from the computer, but this is just the start... Finishing properly a project and executing a perfect production is a big part of the job.
For that reason, we decided to bring you this season an interview with Teng Yu, a talented graphic designer and a master in producing some of the most stunning stationary and paper projects in Taiwan.
Born in New Taipei City and graduated from the National Taiwan University of Arts, Teng yu has worked on projects with important brands (Most recent a big display for Everrich in the Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport) founded his own brand called Paper Travel and win several local and international design awards.
Teng Yu’s eye-catching illustrations evoke past and present times in life with common daily situations created with a simple and unique style. Teng Yu also stands out with a fine dedication for the final production and presentation of her projects.
這一季我們想和大家介紹一位非常有才華的台灣設計師Teng Yu，同時也很擅長製作一些像是書本、明信片或貼紙等等的文創用品。Teng Yu來自新北市，畢業於國立台灣藝術大學，曾為一些知名的商家設計（近期是桃園機場免稅商店昇恆昌），並成立自有品牌＂Paper Travel＂，也得過國際設計大獎。
R. Hey Teng Yu! how are you?
T. All good thank you!
R. 嗨！Teng Yu, 你好嗎？
R. Have you traveled to many countries? what are your favorites and why?
T. In fact, I have not been to many countries, I like to stay long and repeat the same cities, so I can discover different things each time and know them properly. Right now Japan is my favorite, They have a very delicate design, I like the metropolitan view, but also the island part and I think the life there is convenient. Their rice is so nice!
R. What is Paper Travel?
T. Paper travel is my exercise project a way to practice what I have learned. From the outset it was just a matter of documenting life and travel through paper and imagery but now I am also experimenting with a variety of interesting topics and translating this work into different types of printing and paper.
R. 能跟我們介紹一下Paper Travel嗎？
R. Do you usually start your illustrations by hand or go directly into the computer?
T. I usually use the pencil to draw drafts first, and then I scan them into the computer to add the color. I like the feeling of the pencil mine and its tone on the paper. I usually keep this part when coloring my illustrations. In very few cases and due to any problem with the nature of the project I will go straight to draw on the computer.
R. You take a good care of the papers and the final production of your projects, what do you think about the new digital era and the apparent end of printing?
T. I think digital and paper printing are two different media. Digital provides a more convenient and diversified usage and liquidity. Although right now the traditional printing is decreasing gradually, a lot of people still like it, I think it won´t totally disappear, but we will find less and less, the trend will gradually move toward the exquisite, it will have a new type of presence in the world.
R. How is to live as a designer in Taipei?
T. For me right now is to be always at work. I hope with the time it will balance more between work and life, so I can have more time to ride my bike.
R. What do you think about the design scene in Taiwan nowadays?
T. There is a big diversity of design styles and designers here have the courage to try different ways. In recent years, the design has gradually been taken seriously by the public. People understand better than ever before the design industry and the environment is gradually moving towards a good direction. Although I think we still need to work harder, but Taiwan’s design is creating a different picture than the rest of the world.
If you want to know more about Teng Yu check her website!
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16 April 2018
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