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Lincoln Kayiwa

Product Designer and Founder of Kayiwa

Primary design concentration:

Make nothing gimmicky!

Most preferred tool for designing:

My brain.

1. How and why did you choose to become a designer?

Enrolling in a private boarding college. To interpret (through my design) how I see, touch, taste, smell, hear.

2. Challenges you encounter as a designer and how do you deal with them?

Personally, I regard good design (the end-product or service itself), or the process that leads to it, as a challenge that comes with the territory, regardless of the scale of the design in question, as long as it satisfactorily serves or it’s used to fulfill its role. Thus, I use this theory as a guide and justification to always make good design.

3. Your definition of an “elegant solution,” that is, good design?

Anything, regardless of its scale, that satisfactorily serves, or is used to fulfill its role, and appeals to one's senses.

4. From skills to values, what makes a designer successful?

I’d say both.

5. How do you stay motivated and grow personally and professionally as a designer?

By aspiring to satisfactorily say ‘Thats it!’ at the end of an arduous creative process. I am open to constructive criticism or debate about my work.

6. For those aspiring to become a designer, whatever the discipline, what is your advice?

Believe it or not, some people will either like or dislike your work: Just have the majority like your work.

7. What is your quest in design?

Finding and expanding on the vocabulary that may be used precisely to appreciate design. After a while, the ‘It is interesting...’, ‘Wonderful!’ and so forth do not sound so realistic.

Currently based in Helsinki, Finland, Lincoln Kayiwa is a product designer whose Tukanni design, inspired by the bill of the toucan, receives praise. He recommends seeing classic Hollywood movies for their thorough details, and his inspiration is anything.

Image of Tukanni courtesy of Lincoln Kayiwa.

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