Interview with designer Ta-Chin Danny Lin (TL), regarding views on design, and for the award-winning design Lenify Emergency Medical Stretcher.

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Interview with Ta-Chin Danny Lin at Tuesday 12th of March 2013: DI: What is the main principle, idea and inspiration behind your design?
TL : The main idea is to protect patients more by reducing the chance that occur the secondary injury.

DI: What has been your main focus in designing this work? Especially what did you want to achieve?
TL : I was focus on how to move patients onto the stretcher. Then I figured out the best way is to put the stretcher beneath the patients' body directly.

DI: What are your future plans for this award winning design?
TL : To let this design been seen.

DI: How long did it take you to design this particular concept?
TL : It took three to four months.

DI: Why did you design this particular concept? Was this design commissioned or did you decide to pursuit an inspiration?
TL : This concept was designed in a class in Art Center College of Design.

DI: Is your design being produced or used by another company, or do you plan to sell or lease the production rights or do you intent to produce your work yourself?
TL : I don't have any plan on this yet.

DI: What made you design this particular type of work?
TL : I am always enjoy resolving the function wise problem. This project was a good fit for my strength and I enjoyed it.

DI: Where there any other designs and/or designers that helped the influence the design of your work?
TL : After a lot of market research, I came out this concept through ideation and mockup by myself.

DI: Who is the target customer for his design?
TL : The target users are emergency rescuers.

DI: What sets this design apart from other similar or resembling concepts?
TL : This design was inspired by the scoop style stretcher. I took it further to a higher level.

DI: How did you come up with the name for this design? What does it mean?
TL : Lenify is the synonym of relieve. To reduce and ease patients' hurt and fears.

DI: Which design tools did you use when you were working on this project?
TL : I started with hand sketch and made mockup by laser cut and acrylic. Using SolidWorks and Photoshop to finish render.

DI: What is the most unique aspect of your design?
TL : I figured out the handle structure by myself. This unique structure made this concept more believable.

DI: Who did you collaborate with for this design? Did you work with people with technical / specialized skills?
TL : I worked for this concept on my own.

DI: Is your design influenced by data or analytical research in any way? What kind of research did you conduct for making this design?
TL : I have done some research about the injury event caused by stretcher. And I saw a lot of videos online with stretcher failing during the operation.

DI: What are some of the challenges you faced during the design/realization of your concept?
TL : 1. How to reduce the chance to move patients. 2. The mechanism to assemble the parts.

DI: How did you decide to submit your design to an international design competition?
TL : I would like to hear any feedback for this concept.

DI: What did you learn or how did you improve yourself during the designing of this work?
TL : I figured out that the testing model and proportion are really important and helpful for a successful design.