nyein chan aung, industrial designer, design researcher, artist, designer

NYEIN,
WHO MAKES
COOL
STUFF



Dr Nyein Chan Aung
Industrial Designer, Design Researcher and Artist


+61 4 2192 1838
nyein@uglykid.org



Nyein Aung's creative works are organised in three divisions: Industrial Design, Design Research and Art. The primary practice of Nyein's is in Industrial Design and Design Research - through which high-impact design concepts are generated together with industry and academic partners. Nyein's artworks are intellectual properties of Dr Nyein Chan Aung. The work includes both fictions based on, and artistic representation of people, places, moments and thoughts.


Figure 1.1 Industrial Design Portfolio Snap-shot.



Figure 1.2 Design Research Portfolio Snap-shot.



Figure 1.3 Art Portfolio Snap-shot.


   


About Nyein


Nyein Chan Aung is an award-winning Industrial Designer, Design Researcher, Artist and a self-proclaimed maker of "cool stuff." In 2018, Nyein was awarded a PhD in Industrial Design for his design rsearch of an aircraft cabin that improves the in-flight sleep of economy class passengers. The research was undertaken in partnership with TEAGUE and a global aerospace company.

Nyein has been designing products professionally since 2005 and has achieved notable recognition for products in aerospace, healthcare and camping. Nyein is currently a Senior Design Researcher (Practice-based) at Monash Art Design and Architecture’s (MADA) Design Health Collab.

Nyein was born in Myanmar and has studied and practised Design in The United States, Myanmar, and Australia. He received his Associate degree from the Art Institute of Seattle (USA) and his Bachelor degree from the University of Technology Sydney (Australia). His PhD was completed at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia. Nyein's most notable awards include the TEAGUE PhD Design Research Scholarship (2015), Casey Hyun Industrial Design Graduate Award (2009), and Carl Nielsen Professional Development Award (2007).



Figure 1.4 Nyein Aung’s relocation time line from 1983 to now.


Nyein has positioned himself as a design expert at the intersection of mobility and health. He is also committed to elevating and increasing awareness of design thinking, and it's ability to consistently generate disruptive innovations.

Nyein is also an artist. He began explorations in drawing, painting and photography around the age of twelve. He works primarily with graphite, watercolour, and ink. Nyein currently lives in Melbourne with his amazing wife and way too many plants for two people to look after.


Figure 1.5 Nyein Aung studying a B787 prototype cabin during his PhD.

Current Projects and Involvements

  • Grace: Deployable Palliative Care Room Design Research
    AUNG, N. & Khine, TT., (2020~2021)
    Funder - Creative Victoria (AUD 45,000.00)
    Research.

  • Ambulance Based Head CT Design Research
    Aung, N., Armstrong, M., Flynn, D. & Camens, M., (2019~2021)
    Funder - Micro-X Pty Ltd (AUD 163,000.00)
    Research.

  • The Song That Disarmed An Army
    TEDx Yangon (2.2.2020)
    Aung, N. & Sein, MM.
    Speaking Engagement.




Research Output (Artefacts, Publications & Exhibitions)


  • Repose: An Aircraft Cabin Design Research To Improve The In-Flight Sleep Of Long Haul Economy Passengers (PhD Exegesis and Exhibition)
    AUNG, N., (2018)
    Publication - Not publicly available until September 2021
    AUNG, N., (2018)
    Exhibition - Invitation only.


  • Nudging ‘the man on the Clapham omnibus’: passenger behaviour in the design of captive environments.
    AUNG, N., Napper, R., Flynn, D., (2020)
    Publication Pending.

  • Melbourne Art Trams 2019 - The Late Supper (Launch Tram) Melbourne International Arts Festival, Melbourne
    AUNG, N., (2019 - 2020)
    Funder - Melbourne International Arts Festival

    Exhibition

  • Nyein Who Makes Cool Stuff
    Black Cat Gallery, MelbourneAUNG, NYEIN CHAN
     AUNG, N., (2019)
    Exhibition


  • Improving Blood Donor Retention Through Innovative Design Interventions
    Armstrong, M., Egerton-Warburton, D., Masser, B. M., Coxon, S., Flynn, D.,
    Potter, E., Aung, N., Dinh, T. & Morfuni, R. (2020)
    Funder - Australian Red Cross Blood Service (NSW)
    Research




Awards, Recognitions and Grants


  • CREATOR’S FUND 2020 GRANT
    Grace: Deployable Palliative Care Room Design Research.
    Creative Victoria. Australia. 2020


  • MELBOURNE ART TRAMS
    The Late Supper (Launch Tram)
    Melbourne International Arts Festival. Australia. 2019


  • AUTODESK 35 UNDER 35.
    Autodesk, Inc. USA. 2016

  • COOK STOVE DESIGN COMPETITION, RUNNER-UP 
    Cornell University. USA. 2013

  • ADOBE CREATIVE COVER COMPETITION
    Adobe Systems. Australia. 2013

  • BRAND ENGAGEMENT COMPETITION
    Strategy First Journal. Myanmar. 2012

  • CASEY HYUN INDUSTRIAL DESIGN GRADUATE AWARD
    University of Technology Sydney. Australia. 2009

  • CARL NIELSEN PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT AWARD
    University of Technology Sydney. Australia. 2007

  • BEST PORTFOLIO OF SHOW
    Art Institute Of Seattle. USA. 2004

  • PRODUCT DESIGN AND MODEL MAKING, 2ND PLACE
    Association of Professional Model Makers. USA. 2003

  • DESIGN SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENT
    Art Institute Of Seattle. USA. 2002 



Patents and Design Registrations


  • Chair
    Mercieca, C. Aung, N. (2012)
    Asignee -  Oztent Australia Pty Ltd
    Status - Granted
    Worldwide Applications;
    AU341818S (Australia)
    USD691821S1 (United States)


  • A Frame for Mounting an Enclosure
    Aung, N., Mercieca, C. (2019)
Asignee - Oztent Australia Pty Ltd
Status - Pending
Worldwide Applications;
AU2019253888A1 (Australia)


  • Folding Chair and Rotatable Lifting Side Table Thereof
    Aung, N., Mercieca, C., Hejun, Z., Hongchun, G.,
    Asignee - Oztent Australia Pty Ltd
    Worldwide Applications;
    CN203041417U (China) - Granted (2012)
   AU2018250503A1 (Australia) - Pending (2018)


  • Sleep Systems for Aircraft
    Aung, N., Armstrong, M., de Bono, A., Napper, R.,
    Asignee - Boeing Co
    Worldwide Applications;
    US20190352011A1 (United States) - Pending (2020)
    CA3039467A1 (Canada) - Pending (2020)
    EP3572323A3 (Europe) - Pending (2020)
    AU2019203250A1 (Australia) - Pending (2020)
    CN110510123A (China) - Publised (2020)
    BR102019010136A2 (Brazil) - Published (2020)

  • Lateral Sleep Apparatus
    Aung, N., Armstrong, M., de Bono, A., Napper, R.,
    Asignee - Boeing Co
    Status Pending
    17-193-US-D (United States) - Filed
   
  • PANEL
    Aung, N., Armstrong, M., de Bono, A., Napper, R.,
    Asignee - Boeing Co
    Status Pending
    17-193-US-D (United States) - Filed



Employment History


  • Senior Design Research Officer (Practice Based)
    Monash University Art Design and Architecture (MADA), Health Collab
    Jan 2019 – Present
    Caulfield, VIC. Australia


  • Industrial Design Consultant
    Uglykid.org
    Jun 2009 – Present
    Melbourne, VIC. Australia


  • Sessional Lecturer, Industrial Design and Interaction Design
    Monash University Art Design and Architecture (MADA)
    Mar 2015 – Present
    Caulfield, VIC. Australia


  • Industrial Designer and Lead Visual Communication Designer
    The Oztent Group
Jun 2009 – Jan 2015
Wetherill Park, NSW. Australia


  • Sessional Lecturer
    University of Technology, Sydney
    Mar 2010 – Jan 2012
    Sydney, NSW. Australia


  • Work Experience Student
    Powerhouse Museum
    2008 – 2009
    Sydney, NSW. Australia


  • Designer, Visualiser and Project Co-ordinator
    LiftPort Group
    Dec 2004 – Jul 2006
    Seattle, WA. USA




Education


  • Monash University Art Design and Architecture (MADA)
    Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Industrial Design

   2015 – 2018
   Caulfield, VIC. Australia


  • University of Technology Sydney (UTS)
    Bachelor of Design (B.Des), Industrial Design
    2007 – 2009
    Sydney, NSW. Australia


  • The Art Institute of Seattle (AIS)
    Associate of Arts (A.A.), Industrial Design Technology
    2002 – 2005
    Seattle, WA. USA