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." Nyein recently completed a PhD in Industrial Design where he was engaged in a practice-based design research that looked into improving the in-flight sleep of economy class passengers through the design of the aircraft cabin. The research was undertaken in partnership with TEAGUE and a global aerospace company.

Before pursuing a PhD, Nyein worked for Oztent Australia and was involved in the design and development of many highly successful camping products. 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) Health Collab. He is also a sessional lecturer at MADA in Industrial Design and Interaction Design.

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 intends to position himself as a design expert at the intersection of health and well-being and mobility. 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. He will be exhibiting his work on his first solo show in 2019 at a Melbourne gallery. Nyein currently lives in Geelong, Australia 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.



Research Outputs and Publications


  • Repose: An Aircraft Cabin Design Research To Improve The In-Flight Sleep Of Long Haul Economy Passengers (PhD Exegesis)
    AUNG, NYEIN CHAN (2018) (Not publicly available until September 2021
    Track Here 


  • Nudging ‘the man on the Clapham omnibus’: passenger behaviour in the design of captive environments. AUNG et al. (Abstract accepted for 2020 publication)




Exhibitions


  • Repose: An Aircraft Cabin Design Research To Improve The In-Flight Sleep Of Long Haul Economy Passengers (PhD Examination Exhibition)
    AUNG, NYEIN CHAN (2018) (Closed Exhibit)

  • Melbourne Art Trams 2019 - The Late Supper (Launch Tram) Melbourne International Arts Festival, Melbourne
    AUNG, NYEIN CHAN (Scheduled October 2019)

  • Nyein Who Makes Cool Stuff
    Black Cat Gallery, MelbourneAUNG, NYEIN CHAN (Scheduled November 2019)



Awards and Recognitions


  • 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


  • A FRAME FOR MOUNTING AN ENCLOSURE
    2014901477

  • A SHOCK ABSORBER
    2013903788

  • FOLDING CHAIR AND ROTATABLE LIFTING
    SIDE TABLE THEREOF
    2013260652

  • (11) REGISTRATION AU 344381 S
    (21) DESIGN NUMBER 201214035

  • (11) REGISTRATION AU 343683 S
    (21) DESIGN NUMBER 201213163

  • (11) REGISTRATION AU 341818 S
    (21) DESIGN NUMBER 201211158

  • (11) REGISTRATION AU 341817 S
    (21) DESIGN NUMBER 201211157

  • (11) REGISTRATION AU 326708 S
    (21) DESIGN NUMBER 200912201

  • (11) REGISTRATION AU 326866 S
    (21) DESIGN NUMBER 200912210


  • CHAIR
    US D691821 S1

  • TENT AWNING
    US D624623 S1

  • SLEEP SYSTEMS FOR AIRCRAFT (Filed)
    17-1913-US-NP 

  • SLEEP SYSTEMS FOR AIRCRAFT (Filed)
    2019203250

  • LATERAL SLEEP APPARATUS (Filed)
    17-1913-US-D

  • PANEL (Filed)
    17-1913-US-D[2]

Note: I was involved as lead or co-inventor on all the patents listed above but my level of involvement varies for each invention. Some patents do not list me as an inventor as per company policy at the time of application however evidence of my involvement can be provided upon request. Furthermore, I do not claim ownership (in part or full) of any of the patents or registrations listed - they merely serve as evidence for my track record in product innovation.



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