Interview with designer Duna Cho (DC), regarding views on design, and for the award-winning design Thank You Lighting.

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Interview with Duna Cho at Tuesday 19th of April 2016: DI: What is the main principle, idea and inspiration behind your design?
DC : This design is to use LED lighting in the wearable paper clothing.

DI: What has been your main focus in designing this work? Especially what did you want to achieve?
DC : It is focused in using color and intensity of LED lighting and fixing it on the garment. It is for converting lights to sense of human emotion.

DI: What are your future plans for this award winning design?
DC : It is to develop LED lighting as a decorative fashion art.

DI: How long did it take you to design this particular concept?
DC : 3 months

DI: Why did you design this particular concept? Was this design commissioned or did you decide to pursuit an inspiration?
DC : Because lighting with pattern and color affects human emotion. It can make them smile.

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?
DC : It is possible to sell or produce them myself. Leasing the production rights can be considered.

DI: What made you design this particular type of work?
DC : LED lighting and paper textiles are main products in my province.

DI: Where there any other designs and/or designers that helped the influence the design of your work?
DC : sensing brain waves to cotrol something. reading humna motion to make light pattern or move the wall.

DI: Who is the target customer for his design?
DC : fo drivers, computer or moblie phone users and designing a building.

DI: What sets this design apart from other similar or resembling concepts?
DC : It is a wearable real clothing and can be produced by fabric with the same pattern.

DI: How did you come up with the name for this design? What does it mean?
DC : Thank you means sharing good in human life.

DI: Which design tools did you use when you were working on this project?
DC : The same method of making clothing; sewing, dying, knitting. And paper tapes and gluing for paper materials and LED lightings.

DI: What is the most unique aspect of your design?
DC : Different patterns and colors of LED lights can be installed.

DI: Who did you collaborate with for this design? Did you work with people with technical / specialized skills?
DC : LED lighting was advised from Hanmyung Lee who is a researcher at KOPTILED Convergence research center in Gwangju.

DI: What is the role of technology in this particular design?
DC : Paper clothing can be worn several times and can be work as a decorative work. Heat of bulb and weight of lighting devices are considered.

DI: Is your design influenced by data or analytical research in any way? What kind of research did you conduct for making this design?
DC : Researches about LED lighting for medical, art works.

DI: What are some of the challenges you faced during the design/realization of your concept?
DC : Electricity and weight of LED lighting, wrinkles on the paper.

DI: How did you decide to submit your design to an international design competition?
DC : To share the work.

DI: What did you learn or how did you improve yourself during the designing of this work?
DC : Paper clothing is well matched with LED lighting. Lights can be designed as one parts of clothing elements.

DI: Any other things you would like to cover that have not been covered in these questions?
DC : Lights affect human emotion. The lighting clothing is to give people emotional response.