He Renke, Dean and Professor, School of Design, Hunan University

He Renke is currently Dean and Professor of the School of Design at Hunan University in China and is also Director of the Chinese Industrial Design Education Committee. He is also Vice-Chair of the China Industrial Design Association. From 1987 to 1988, he was a visiting scholar at the Industrial Design Department of the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen and at North Carolina State University’s School of Design from 1998 to 1999. He co-wrote The Industrial Design History of the United States (1992) and authored A History of Industrial Design (2000) and A Centennial of Product Design (2005). He was trained in civil engineering and architecture at Hunan University.


Takayuki Higuchi, Associate Professor, Department of Design Science, Chiba University, Japan

Takayuki Higuchi currently teaches and researches in the areas of design studies, design theory and history, Japanese design culture and contextual design in the Department of Design Science at Chiba University. Before taking this post, he had worked as an interior architect at Shimizu Corporation and later established his own studio. Higuchi contributed several entries to the Encyclopedia of Design (2003) and published his research on the linguistic conception of design – specifically the meaning of isho (“design”) – in Meiji Japan (1868-1912) in the Bulletin of Japanese Society for the Science of Design (2008). Higuchi holds a doctoral degree in design from Chiba University.


Kim Sang-kyu, Professor, Department of Design, Seoul National University of Science & Technology

Prior to joining the Seoul National University of Science & Technology, Kim Sang-kyu served as curator of the Hangaram Design Museum at the Seoul Arts Center and executive director of Korea Design Foundation. He has curated several exhibitions on historical and contemporary design in Korea, including ‘Design in Korea: Industry, Culture, and History’ (Gwang-ju Design Biennale, Gwang-ju, 2005), ‘Reset: Korean New Wave Design’ (ARCO, Madrid, 2007) and ‘Selling Happiness 1960s-80s: Consumer Design in Korea’ (The Korea Society, New York, 2011). Kim contributed to &Fork (2007) and authored Good Design (2013). He also conducted research on design museum management for the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism in 2012. Kim received his MFA in industrial design at Kookmin University.


Yanta Lam, CEO, ChinaDesign Research Work-Group

Yanta Lam served as Head of Design Unit and Product Development Manager of Meyer Manufacturing Company Limited, one of Hong Kong’s longest-standing companies, before joining The Hong Kong Polytechnic University in 1985 and becoming Professor of Design in 1999. He was one of the key advisors to the first publication on Hong Kong’s industrial design development, The History of Industrial Design in Hong Kong (2012). Lam has actively promoted design in Hong Kong and China through holding various positions, including Honorary Museum Advisor (Design) of Leisure and Cultural Services Department of the HKSAR and the Hong Kong representative of China Industrial Design Association. Since retirement in 2011, he founded ChinaDesign Research Work-Group to explore design developments in Chinese history that might have contributed to the modern concept of “eco-sustainability”.


Jeffrey L. Meikle, Professor, Departments of American Studies and Art History, University of Texas at Austin

Jeffrey L. Meikle is Stiles Professor of American Studies and Professor of Art History at the University of Texas at Austin. His research interests as a cultural historian include industrial design and technology, visual representation in popular print media and alternative cultures from the 1950s to the present. He has written extensively on design history and history of technology; past publications include Twentieth Century Limited: Industrial Design in America, 1925-1939 (1979), American Plastic: A Cultural History (1995) and Design in the USA (2005). Soon to be published is a visual studies book on American landscapes and cityscapes as represented in postcard views from the 1930s and 1940s. Meikle obtained his PhD in American Studies at The University of Texas at Austin.