1. Tell us a bit about yourself and what you do?
I'm Vincent Chan — one of the category winners of 2017. I have always had a passion for product design. I completed a Higher Diploma of Product Design in 2008 at the Hong Kong Institute of Vocational Education (IVE) and furthered my studies at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts & Design in Educations) in 2015. Since 2008, I have entered several international product design competitions and was lucky enough to have won several awards.
In 2016, I started my own company, Best Wishes Creations and continued to pursue my passion for all kinds of design possibilities. I’ve been working in product and visual commercial designs for over than 10 years now.
In my spare time, I like cycling and inventing different innovative sporting gadgets for cyclers like myself.
2. How did you first hear about Design-a-Bag Online Competition (DAB)?
I first learnt about DAB in 2010 through some of my designer friends. I was very excited for a bag designing competition, so I joined the competition for the FIT group, and got selected as one of the finalists that year.
3. Can you briefly explain what your entry was about?
Vest Pack is a bag for sports and outdoor activities. I came up with the idea when I was cycling with my friends as most backpacks are big and bulky so I designed this removable backpack targeted for cyclers and hikers. It is made up of 3 different sized clip packs that can be detached and clipped onto the supporting vest easily. Cyclers can choose the size they need to carry when riding to the hill top to reduce weight and the vest is designed with a reflective coating to promote safety.
4. What did you hope to achieve when you decided to enter the competition?
I joined the competition as I wanted promote my design idea and to see if it was competitive for an international design competition as well as to gain experience and insights.
5. What challenges did you have to overcome to get your idea completed?
The most difficult part was to turn my idea into a product. The prototype making and pilot tests were very important as they were the key components to improving the design.
6. What was your first reaction when you found out you were selected as a category winner of DAB?
I was shocked, although I was a winner of the Functional group back in 2011 but that was six years ago. This year, all the designs I saw were excellent and quality overall was so much more outstanding than 2011! I never thought I would win the competition again. I was so glad and honoured to be selected as winner again in such a competitive international design competition.
7. Were you happy with your final piece and what you would you have changed if you had more time?
I was do glad my design prototype finally make it real and in a good form. Once again thank you so much for my supplier Mr Sze who help me to make it come true and make it possible in such tight time. But still if I have much more prepration I would improve a lot for the materials and the design would be more simplify and several issues could be solved.
8. What advice would you give to students entering the competition next year?
No matter what don't give up your chances and try your best to make it happen. You never know what happens next, don't narrow down your ideas and try to do more preparation and always ask for advice and of course most importantly, enjoy everyone the design and learning process.
9. What does winning DAB mean to you personally?
Winning DAB 2017 has been very meaningful to me. I wanted set this challenge for myself and I’m so happy to have won once again. Thank you DAB.
10. What are you hoping to do next?
I would want to participate in more design competitions of different nature and turn more ideas into creations! Hopefully I will come back for DAB again next year.