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Academics . Industrial Design . Faculty . Haishan Deng

Industrial Design

Haishan Deng

Haishan Deng

Title Associate Professor
Department Industrial Design
Phone 216.421.7929

Courses  Industrial Design 3.2 | Transportation Design

Haishan Deng comes to CIA from the School of Industrial Design at Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts (GAFA) in China where he was hired to establish its transportation design program in 2007. By 2009, the program was the first in China to have student work featured on the website Car Design News and his students have been featured there four times since.

The recipient of 12 design awards – including one from the German Association of the Automotive Industry, and a Michelin Challenge Design Award – Deng is also the author of Drive to the Future, a book on transportation design education published in China. His work is featured in four other design books, one each published in the U.S., Germany, Switzerland, and Denmark. He has published research papers at conferences and in professional journals and his work has been featured in 15 different periodicals and websites, including Business

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Haishan Deng comes to CIA from the School of Industrial Design at Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts (GAFA) in China where he was hired to establish its transportation design program in 2007. By 2009, the program was the first in China to have student work featured on the website Car Design News and his students have been featured there four times since.

The recipient of 12 design awards – including one from the German Association of the Automotive Industry, and a Michelin Challenge Design Award – Deng is also the author of Drive to the Future, a book on transportation design education published in China. His work is featured in four other design books, one each published in the U.S., Germany, Switzerland, and Denmark. He has published research papers at conferences and in professional journals and his work has been featured in 15 different periodicals and websites, including Business Week and Scientific American.

Deng, who refers to himself as a “cross-boundary designer,” has designed more than 50 products – including electronics, household and leisure products, sporting goods, and toys – for worldwide clients including Honeywell, Philips, and DeLonghi. In addition to his teaching and administrative duties at GAFA, since 2002 he has served as chief industrial designer and creative director at Topwave Design Co., and industrial design consultant for Lasko Products, Inc. In 2007 he served as vehicle exterior designer for a German firm (F.X. Meiller Fahrzeug-und Maschinenfabrik-GmbH & Co. KG) where his responsibilities included superstructure design for Mercedes-Benz and Volvo dump trucks.

Deng earned a bachelor’s degree in industrial design from Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts in 1998. He spent one undergraduate year studying transportation design as an exchange student at University of Art and Design, Linz, Austria. He earned his master’s degree in design arts at the Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts in 2007.

Degree Master's degree in design arts and Bachelor's degree in Industrial Design, Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts (GAFA)

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