Art director, designer, wunderkind and princess. An appropriate description for China-native turned New Yorker Zipeng Zhu. In Print‘s 2016 Spring issue, Zhu (who’s featured with Joe Hollier, Joey Cofone and Santiago Carrasquilla) was asked what it’s like to be considered one of design’s wunderkinds. His response: “I’m from China. I never expected anything, honestly. I feel like the luckiest person ever.” His bright designs and bold statements are truly making every day a “✨RAZZLE✨DAZZLE✨ musical.”
Name: Zipeng Zhu
Location: New York City
Design school attended: SVA (School of Visual Arts)
How would you describe your work?
EXUBERANT, COLORFUL, RELENTLESS.
Where do you find inspiration?
Mostly the little connections between things, and I love a good pun.
Who are some of your favorite designers or artists?
Designers – Sascha Lobe, Eike König, Mirko Borsche
Artists – Keith Haring, Yayoi Kusama
^This question is so difficult…
Do you have a favorite among all the projects you’ve worked on?
No, it’s always the most recent one that I just finished
Is there a project that stands out to you as having been the biggest challenge of your career so far?
No, for some reason, there’s never an easy project… They all challenge me in different ways or maybe I just have bad luck.
What do you hope to accomplish in the future?
Start my own practice, but especially a type foundry.
What’s your best advice for designers today?
Work hard, play hard.
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