Q&A With President's Design Award Juror: Prof Min Wang, China General Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing

26 Jul 2016  •  7 min read

The Jury Session of President’s Design Award 2016 is in progress. In this interview series, DesignSingapore speaks with some of the jurors…

Prof Min Wang is a distinguished juror in the category of Visual Communications and Fashion Design of President's Design Award 2016. He was design director for Beijing 2008 Olympics Games Committee and the Director of Art Research Centre for Olympic Games. Under his leadership, the Centre created the medal, pictogram, colour palette, motif and branding identity for the Games. Prof Wang received his Masters of Fine Art from Yale University in 1988. His work has been exhibited internationally and is featured in museum collections. DesignSingapore speaks with him in an exclusive interview.

My personal style signifiers are the colours black and white.

I’d like to design a city or a tool.

My proudest achievement was designing the brand identity for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.

My current obsession is innovation powered by design.

I am reading Guns, Germs and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies by Jared Diamond.

The last gift I purchased were oil painting materials for my daughter.

As host to a perfect dinner, my imaginary guests for the table of four are President Xi Jingping, President Vladimir Putin, Mrs Hillary Clinton and Mr Donald Trump.

When I last looked into the mirror, I thought: I am who I am.

What I know for sure now that I didn’t at 18 is that time flies and life is short.

I am happiest when I am with my wife and daughter.

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