ZIHAN CHEN

Designer. Inventor. Pilot.

About
Zihan Chen is a designer who owns 5 years' experience of directing and creating award-winning identities, interactions, and experiences to engage, inspire, and empower the audience.

He is currently designing configuration-driven systems at the Silicon Valley unicorn Flexport to automate the future of logistic platform that will make global trade easy for everyone.

Zihan has previously worked in various technology startups across industries, as well as in world-class agencies such as Chermayeff & Geismar & Haviv and McCann Worldgroup. Back in college, he founded the indie game company SECStudio, where he led a team to design, develop, and publish a number of mobile games that were ranked top and featured worldwide.

His diverse backgrounds widely across the disciplines of science and art, in user research, product design, branding, and fine art, contributed to his creative mindset, which had brought back over two dozens of awards to his name before his early 20s: including the One Show, iF Design Award, Graphis New Talent Annual, London Group Open, and several Red Dot Design Awards.

Zihan graduated with an M.F.A. from the School of Visual Arts in New York City where he studied Human-Computer Interaction, and earned his B.A. in Studio Art from the University of Virginia.

He is an avid inventor who worships tech innovations while holding multiple patents himself since age 17, anywhere from a faucet that nudges people to save water to a computer algorithm that authenticates electronic devices simply based on motions.

Zihan learnt to fly the year after he started to drive, he is a licensed pilot in the U.S. who flies both airplanes and helicopters.

Let him know if you have a plane, or a plan.
Experience
Flexport
Product Designer
2020 | Shenzhen
Piecewise
Product Designer
2019 | New York
SECStudio
Founder
Product Designer
2015 | New York
Chermayeff & Geismar & Haviv
Contract Designer
2018 | New York
McCann Worldgroup
Contract Designer
2017 | Shanghai
Education
School of Visual Arts
M.F.A. in Products of Design
New York
University of Virginia
B.A. in New Media Art
B.S. in Architecture (Minor)
Charlottesville
McNeel ARTC
Advanced Digital Modeling Courses
Shanghai & Beijing
Practices
Product Design
User Research and Analysis
In-depth Interviews | Usability Testing | Analytics Tracking
User Interface Design
Rapid Prototyping | Interactive and Responsive Design | Info Architecture
User Experience Design
Wire-framing | Persona Definition | Journey Mapping
Art Direction
Brand and Graphic Design
Visual Identity | Typography | Illustration | Layout Design
Asset Productions
Photography | Videography | Editing | 3D Modeling | Image Rendering
Awards
London Group Open
Next Round
Selected for Exhibition. London.
2019
Ecuador Poster Bienal
That is it.
Selected for Exhibition. Quito.
2018
iJungle Graphic Design Awards
Century
‍Awarded. Online.
2018
iF Design Award
Century
‍Awarded. Hannover.
2018
Graphis Poster Annual
Century
‍Awarded Merit. New York.
2018
Red Dot Award
Century
‍Awarded. Berlin.
2017
Creative International Award
Century
‍Awarded Bronze. Louisville.
2017
Crater - Impact Your Mind! (iOS)
‍Awarded Silver. Louisville.
2017
That is it.
‍Awarded Bronze. Louisville.
2017
Else
‍Awarded Silver. Louisville.
2017
1to6 (iOS and Android)
‍‍Awarded Silver. Louisville.
2017
The Blooom Award
Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge Introduction
Nominated. Dusseldorf.
2017
The One Show
Design Portfolio
‍Awarded. New York.
2017
Taiwan Int'l Student Design Competition
U Rest
‍Nominated. Taichung.
2017
V Bowl
Nominated. Taichung.
2017
Red Dot Award
U Rest
‍Nominated. Singapore City.
2017
Graphis New Talent Annual
That is it.
‍Awarded Silver. New York.
2017
Else
‍Awarded Merit. New York.
2017
Century
‍Awarded Merit. New York.
2017
World Illustration Awards
That is it.
‍Nominated. London.
2017
IDA Design Award
V Bowl
‍Awarded Bronze. Los Angeles.
2016
Tango (Sustainable Living Category)
Awarded Bronze. Los Angeles.
2016
Tango (Home Interior Products Category)
Awarded Bronze. Los Angeles.
2016
Angle
‍Awarded Bronze. Los Angeles.
2016
Coca Cola Design Award
Century Poster Series
‍Nominated. Shanghai.
2015
Red Dot Award
Angle
‍Awarded. Singapore City.
2015
C/I New York Transit Ad Competition
Else
‍Nominated. New York.
2015
Patents
US 9949124
Method and Device for Authenticating Wireless Pairing and/or Data Transfer between Two or More Electronic Devices
US 15420327
Systems, Devices, and/or Methods for Managing Emergency Communications
US 15623198
Systems, Devices, and/or Methods for Managing Text Rendering
US 9447566
Systems, Devices, and/or Methods for Managing Water and Soap
US 15408295
Systems, Devices, and/or Methods for Managing Refrigerator Spillage
Interviews
ZUIMEIA
Exclusive Interview with the Founder of SECStudio: About His Life
Inventors Digest
Patented Water Conserving Device is Just the Start for Knowledge Hungry Renaissance Man
UVA Today
Class of 2017: High Flying Art Student Has One Patent to His Name, More Pending
The Daily Progress
Three UVa Graduating Students Breaking the Mold
Combined Interview
Kunshan Daily
Kunshan High School Graduate Received the Red Dot Award in Germany
© 2019 Zihan Chen