Jaime Tai

Designer / Researcher

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About me

 

I’m a designer-researcher hybrid who connects people and ideas to build better futures. Having recently graduated with a distinction in MA Material Futures at Central Saint Martins, I use design research, futures thinking, ideation and storytelling to develop solutions that positively impact the lives of consumers. Connecting Ideas Working at the intersection of design, futures, science and technology, I specialise in synthesising seemingly disparate information to generate novel insights and research-driven concepts. I build facts and ideas into multi-layered scenarios, distilling new knowledge into relevant, tangible and accessible narratives and prototypes. Connecting Ideas + People I am fascinated by emerging technologies and their implications, combining this with natural empathy and problem-solving skills to inspire others to think big about the future. This was successfully demonstrated during a design workshop I recently conducted during London Design Festival as part of The Intelligent Optimist showcase. Connecting People As a keen observer of people who listens to the dreams and needs of others, I mobilise individual strengths to shape teams and communities for the better. It’s one of my ambitions to create and facilitate innovation through multidisciplinary collaboration. My work has been featured in publications such as LS:N Global, PSFK and Inhabitat, and exhibited at London Design Festival as well as Salone del Mobile.

Skills

 

  • Sketching
  • Fashion Design
  • Illustrator
  • Design Research
  • Storytelling
  • User Research
  • Insights Strategy
  • Future Casting
  • Trend Research
  • Systems Design
  • Concept and Ideation
  • Lightroom Photoshop Indesign Premierepro
  • Visual Research
  • Photo and Video Editing
  • Scenario Building

Work history

Currently

Freelance Designer & Researcher

Jaime Tai

Aug 2015
  • Research: design research, trend research, futures-mapping, conceptualisation Communication: graphic design, graphic layout, copywriting

2015

Honorary Research Associate

UCL Centre for Nanotechnology Regenerative Medicine

Aug 2014 - May 2015
  • Research on the protective effects of trehalose including experiment design, cell work, quantitative analysis and iterative prototyping to develop future systems for drought survival, resulting in the discovery of new knowledge.

2014

Design Research Intern

Philippa Wagner Consultancy

Dec 2013 - Apr 2014
  • Visual, conceptual & trend research, future-casting & mapping and 3-d material development across client projects including Stylesight and Avery-Dennison.

2013

Freelance Designer

Jaime Tai

Jan 2009 - Aug 2013
  • Worked across a range of client projects, scope including graphic design & layout, illustration and copywriting.

2012

Wearable Technology Design Intern

Cutecircuit

Jul 2012 - Sep 2012
  • Draping & pattern-cutting, iterative prototyping and quality finishings for ready-to-wear & couture wearable technology pieces including Nicole Scherzinger’s Twitter dress.

2012

Co-founder & Womenswear Designer

Switch

Mar 2011 - May 2012
  • Co-designing & overseeing production for ready-to-wear womenswear line including sourcing, budget planning & resource management. Commissioned to create a collection for the inaugural SingaPlural launch & exhibition.

2009

Design Innovation Intern

Designsingapore Council

Mar 2009 - Jun 2009
  • Working as part of the Design Innovation Department, main tasks included conducting industry/competitor research and updating the Design Futures website.

Education

2015

Material Futures

Central Saint Martins

Sep 2013 - May 2015
  • MA Material Futures explores the intersection of craft, science and technology encouraging students to look beyond existing boundaries to anticipate future needs, desires, and challenges.

2013

BA Fashion Design with Marketing

Central Saint Martins

Sep 2010 - May 2013