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Six winning concepts, six questions, seven young designers: iF's Annegret Wulf-Pippig spoke with a few of the over 100 talented students and young professionals who won the iF Young Talent Awards 2016.
"It feels amazing. It feels great to know that your hard work is being recognized. It's really good."
Rebecca Antonucci, School of Visual Arts, New York/USA
"What I designed now was a concept, but I want to turn this concept into reality, into a real product. That is my dream for the coming five years. ;-)"
Yin-Kai Lee, National Taiwan University of Science and Technology, Taipei/TAIWAN
Thomas Harlander: "My favorite designer in terms of his universal approach is Otl Aicher. In terms of architects I admire, Peter Zumthor is at the top of my list."
Florian Anzenberger: "Our team thinks somewhat alike about these things. Otl Aicher is one of my favorites, too. Also, any architect and designer who approaches the trade with a good deal of functionality and a down-to-earth attitude."
Thomas Harlander and Florian Anzenberger, Carinthia University of Applied Sciences (Fachhochschule Kärnten), Salzburg/AUSTRIA
"Problems have always been there. In earlier times, people asked: 'How can I transport water from one place to another?'. Today we have a lot of problems. Trying to integrate large numbers of refugees into our societies, for one. Friends of mine designing a mobile app to help first response teams communicate when there is no shared language. Design is a method of finding solutions to these problems. It should be focused on more than just making something fancy."
Rik Oudenhoven, Umeå Institute of Design, Umeå/SWEDEN
"I think the single greatest problem today is the relationship of people to the environment. I'm not sure what product it would be, but something to help people develop a different relationship with the environment."
Qing Zhu, Beijing University of Technology, Beijing/CHINA