The Crowbar Awards is a prestigious competition which sees young aspiring talented creatives across the Asia-Pacific region competing for their work to be acknowledged as best in its class. Evan Tan is a recent Product& Industrial Design graduate. His final-year project titled “Kinetic & Gear” swept accolades in the Best of Design and overall Best of Show category. Despite struggling with dyslexia, Evan never let his learning disability be an obstacle or an excuse.
Give a short summary of your life so far. What was a high point in your life and why?
Life wasn't so great until I entered poly. I struggled badly in primary and secondary school due to the stress in coping with the subjects I had. The highest point in my life up to now is without a doubt, my time in the poly. It is there that I met such wonderful friends and lecturers who provided me with the support that allowed me to be where I am right now.
What was the best part of your time at TP Design School? What’s your fondest memory?
Being in TP Design School was the best. The time spent with my friends and how we all bonded so closely together is something that money surely can't buy. We played hard together and at the same time we helped one another together during Studio Projects. No one was left behind. The time spent in our studio, where we played, worked, slept is my fondest memory.
What’s the most important lesson you learned here in TP Design School?
Being in Design School taught me courage. The courage to express myself through my skills and not be afraid of failure. Flexibility and adaptability are also two key factors that stuck with me through the three years in school.
What are your future goals in life? In other words, what do you want to be when you grow up?
The dream of course is to hopefully one day start a design consultancy with my friends. However for now, my goal is to take up carpentry as an apprentice. I would love to learn how the trade works and to promote it to other young people. It is tough work but it is a craft that speaks volumes about the soul of design.
What do you love most about design?
The freedom to express your ideas, the ability to change lives and bring joy to users is what makes Design so meaningful and unique.
What do you love most about your work?
Being able to design products that are fun, creative and make for good bonding experiences is what I love about my work. In addition, being able to solve problems and see how design can improve our lives make it even more meaningful.
Why did you choose to do design as a course?
To be honest, Design School and the Product & Industrial Design course was not my first choice at all. Neither was it was my second or even my third choice. In fact, it was my sixth choice. I’d wanted to study Veterinary Technology at first or something related to the hospitality line. But I guess everything happens for a reason and I am glad that I was part of the Design family, a school which is totally unique. It is probably a blessing in disguise because I actually did well in Design & Technology in secondary school.
Any message for those considering Design as a course?
Do what you feel you are best at. Never let anyone bring you down. Strive to be unique and individual. Don't be afraid to try new things. Adapt and be flexible to your environment and your designs. Lastly, just be yourself and just do what you love.
The “Do What You Love” series of short interviews showcases the love that students, lecturers, alumni from the School of Design have for design and where this love is taking them in life through the discovery of new skills, new opportunities, new careers and life-paths.