The 23rd Study of Design Fundamentals Seminar: The Birth of Professional Designers in East Asia: A Case Study of CHEN Zhifo’s Study at Tokyo Art School

Kyushu University Faculty of Design explores the fundamental methodology of design for integrating a wide range of designs. We are pleased to invite Dr. ZHANG Jing to the 23rd Seminar on Fundamental Design Studies, “The Birth of Professional Designers in East Asia: A Case Study of CHEN Zhifo’s Study at Tokyo Art School”. The online seminar is open to everyone. We are looking forward to your participation.

Design is an alien concept to traditional East Asian culture, and modern design has been discussed along with the importation of Western civilization. However, for the professional designers who emerged in East Asia in the 20th century, the acceptance of design was not only one-way transplantation of Western civilization, but also an attempt at cultural fusion that aspired to create their own culture, creativity, and social change based on the long history of Eastern culture. We will consider the birth of professional designers through CHEN Zhifo, who studied at the Tokyo School of Fine Arts and established the first design office in China.

Dr. ZHANG Jing
Lecturer, China Academy of Art. His research area: design history, product design theory. He published the papers “A Preliminary Study of Research Framework and Context about Modern Chinese Design’s Source in Shanghai,” (Proceedings of “2019 Conference on Asian Society of Basic Design and Art”, 2019); “The Influence of New Culture Movement on Design of Shanghai Publishing Industry,” (2019 International Conference on Design with Intelligence and Humanity, 2019) to mention a few.

Dec 14th, 2021: Opens at 17:20 p.m, performance starts at 17:30 p.m. in Japan Time.

When you register using the registration form, the Zoom URL will be sent to you by email on the day of the seminar.

The lecture will be given in Chinese, with interpretation into Japanese.

Please apply from the following link( in advance.

Deadline for application: Dec 13, 2021 (JST)

Online (Zoom)


Professor Toru Koga, Faculty of Design, Kyushu University

Kyushu University Faculty of Design

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