Tianju Duan

Tianju Duan

Digital Designer/illustratorShanghai, China
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Tianju Duan

Tianju Duan

Digital Designer/illustratorShanghai, China
About me
My name is Duan. I am a Chinese illustrator and designer based in London, via Madrid. If you want to collaborate with me or just say hello, please drop me an e-mail at duan@holaduan.com or send me a message in the contact section.
Projects
  • Vintage Nokias
    Vintage NokiasThis is a self-initiated project to full fill my geeky obsession with old Nokia phones. For me personally Nokia represents the pinnacle of mobile phones industrial design in the early 2000s until iPhone appeared. They were symbol of an era and testimonies of disposable technologies. The emerge of smart phones has made these beautiful objects disappeared completely, and it also records the history of the decay of a telecom empire.
  • Do I Know You From Somewhere?
    Do I Know You From Somewhere?"Do I Know You From Somewhere?" is a little adult interactive colouring book. Its purpose is to bring warm nostalgic feelings of old objects to people, accompanied with some silly childish fun for a feel minutes. It tries to make the audience think about the relationship between nostalgia and recent obsolete consumer products.
  • 36 Days of Type
    36 Days of Type36 Days of Type is a project that invites designers, illustrators and graphic artists to give ?their particular view on the signs from our alphabet. #36daysoftype began when Barcelona-based graphic designers Nina Sans and Rafa Goicoechea first decided to challenge themselves and a few colleagues to design one letter each day and post them on their Instagram feed, setting daily personal design challenges and experimenting new approaches. 36 days of restless creativity, in which participants are challenged to design a letter or number for each day, resulting in an overall view of the ability to represent the same sign from many different perspectives. A project that aims to create a space for creation around typography and its endless graphic possibilities. - My #36daysoftype is inspired by celebrity culture. Each of my letter tries to relate the alphabet with a cultural icon.
  • Awfully Digital
    Awfully DigitalThis is a visual research of digital and analogue images. This video tries to explore analogue's place in digital age.
  • Growing Pains
    Growing PainsA series of ink drawings try to express growing pains such as frustration, alienation. Inspired by the elephant man - Joseph Merrick, I visualised the depressed image as a figure of half-human/half-elephant.
  • Future of Money
    Future of MoneyThese illustrations were initially designed for Victoria and Albert Museum's digital program: Money No Object. This project tries to illustrate future payment methods from a historical perspective. Normally, money is a medium that represents, retains and measures value, it is usually made by materials which are easy to preserve and standardize but hard to replicate, for example, precious metal. Gold has been a universal symbol of money and wealth for hundreds of years. Nowadays, we mainly use fiat money, which usually means a special banknote issued by central banks of each economy. Fiat money doesn’t have any value itself, it is a reliable representation of value assured by the central banks. As technologies evolve, high-tech money with better security features may gain more important roles in our lives. Retina or even brain scan could be used as future payment methods. However the essence of money has never really changed, It probably won’t change much in the future either. Money would still represent, measure and retain value. What's more, I believe traditional money will survive as virtual symbols to fulfil our nostalgic needs.
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Projects credited in
  • Mural Doodle creation
    Mural Doodle creationA collaborative doodle mural created for the gym of the St. Mary's Priory School, in London. 1 day of work, 10 people involved.
  • Dyslexia - Creatively Abled
    Dyslexia - Creatively AbledA brief allotted to MA Illustration and Visual Media students. We, a group of 12 students, managed to develop the entire storyboard, create the characters, backgrounds, infographics, typography, animation and sounds. I came up with the title for the film – ‘Creatively Abled’. It is based on the thought that the Disabled especially with Dyslexia do not lack skills but are rather blessed with creativity and are hence – Creatively Abled! The characters and backgrounds in the film are kept simple, s
Work history
    Student Assistant
    Managing social media accounts, organising social events for graduate students and engaging with graduate students.
    Freelance Illustrator & Graphic Designer
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Skills
  • Visual Arts
  • Print Design
  • Drawing
  • Painting
  • Digital
  • Collage
  • Silkscreen
  • Design
  • Pen Ink
  • Logo Design
  • Illustrator
  • Indesign
  • Photoshop
  • Digital Design
  • UI Design
  • UX Design
  • Art Direction
  • Creative
Education
    MA Illustration and Visual Media
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    Total Design
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    Design skills in general
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